How to Use the Kreg Jig

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When it comes to using a Kreg jig in woodworking, you'll need to set the drill stop on your bit, but the jig will come with a built-in setup device. Improve home repair with help from a woodworking expert in this free video on using a Kreg jig.

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There are a lot of great joints in woodworking, and a good, quick, strong joint is done with a Kreg Jig. I'm Dave Trull with The Trull Gallery, and I'm going to show you how to use a Kreg Jig. The materials you'll need for this are a Kreg Jig, the bit and stop that comes with it, the drivers, the screws that are used in pocket hold jointery, the material you are going to be joining and a drill or drill driver. The first thing you want to do is set the drill stop on your bit and the jig comes with a built in set up device that tells you the proper stop for each thickness of wood. Today, we're going to be using three-quarter inch stock, and we'll set up the bit for that. Next, we are going to go ahead and chuck up our bit into our drill, and then we're going to set our clamping mechanism for the correct thickness of our stock because we want to hold it in place pretty snug. Once we get that set, we can set our piece into the jig and go ahead and drill our holes. With pocket holes, you want to make sure you drill at least two holes for your joint. You can use more but you don't want to use just one. If you use one, it actually becomes a pivot point and is not a very strong joint. The next thing you do is once your holes are drilled is you can go ahead and assemble your joint and you can either use glue or not. It's almost as strong without glue and generally speaking this is going to be used as we are going to show today we are going to use end grain to long grain which is a fairly weak joint. But the glue does help. We are going to put some glue on there, we'll clamp them together and then we'll drive our screws in place. The nice thing about the Kreg Jig is once the screws are in you pull it out of the clamp and keep moving on your project. You don't have to wait, you know, four hours for your glue to dry to take things out of the clamp. You can just keep on working. So, that's how to use a Kreg Jig. I'm Dave Trull with the Trull Gallery, the fine art of furniture making.

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