The single drill guide Mini Kreg Jig is our most positionable pocket hole tool. The jig is designed without an alignment fence which allows it to be clamped at virtually any angle or orientation to the edge of a work piece. Great in situations where the project is already assembled and in need of an extra pocket hole or in repair applications such as tightening a chair or table rail to the leg. Kit includes one hole mini jig, step drill bit, depth collar and Allen wrench.
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100%of customersrecommend this product33 of 33reviews
Rating Breakdown34 reviews
100%of customersrecommend this product33 of 33reviews
This pocket jig needs to be clamped down well to keep it in place. It makes a nice slot for a screw to join two pieces of wood while hiding the screw. Apron can be adjusted for different depths. Excellent product saves you $$$ compared to more expensive jigs and works well.
Since this was the first time I've ever needed to make pocket holes and don't envision doing so very often in the future, I didn't want to buy the more expensive kit. I needed to make about 32 holes for my project, and I was a little worried about getting the holes all lined up nicely with only a single hole jig. But using a trigger clamp made it a snap and I was done in a few minutes.
I definitely recommend this jig kit if you had a little sticker shock looking at the other kits and are only doing a small or occasional project. This smaller one also would probably be better to use for tight spots such as chair or table repair as well.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight, affordable
At 1/5 the cost of the regular Kreg Pocket Hole Jig, this works very well. Some previous concerns over the durability of the collar on the drill shaft is really no concern. It holds up very well. There is a fair amount of blue paint chips that come out the wood chip relief hole but that declines with use. It was the first for me to make pocket holes and now I have no trouble using the jig again for future projects.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Accurate, Strong
The 'KREG' pocket hole jig is a great tool to have. I used it to join 2 x 4 lumber at a 90 degree angle. I wanted to find an alternative to driving nails in atr an angle, which I don't think is very strong and which splits the wood sometimes. Still experimenting with different uses for it but on my first test, I joined 2 pieces of 2x4 at 90 degrees, and with just one screw (I also bought the recommended KREG screws 50pk), the wood was joined together unbelievably tight. The only trick is finding just the right set-back from the edge of the lumber so that the pocket hole is drilled deep enough, but not too deep. I found that about a 1.5 inch set-back seemed to work well but in one or two test, it felt like maybe I had gone too deep or not deep enough because the screw seemed to spin. But as I said, find the sweet spot and the wood will be joined super tight. They also have a device that holds this jig in place for better precision. I just held the jig with my hand but I think the holding device I will probably want to get.
This product works great. Make sure you have some good clamps. The price was great compared to the other Kreg products. The more I used it the quicker I got with adjusting the depth of the drill. I would take the drill bit and mark off at each of the different preset depths so you can adjust it quicker. That is one way they could improve this product. The Home Depot in my area could also carry more of the pocket hold plugs.
I purchased this so I could do a few beginners projects and see what everyone was talking about. Needless to say, I LOVE the kreg jig. I will be purchasing the master system shortly. My only problem with these is clamping, since I bought the mini jig it didn't come with the quick release clamps. These are a MUST for efficiency and so making the pocket holes doesn't end up being a pain in the neck. Right now I only have the C clamps and re-positioning, tightening and then drilling for every single hole gets tiring quickly. So definitely invest in some good clamps that don't require tightening or screwing.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, All In One, Accurate, Good Size & Weight
I bought this to make a dog kennel for our puppy, and I definitely got my use out of it. It works well, just make sure you invest in a good clamp too. For big projects, I might recommend the other full-size jig with a built in clamp. I spent a lot of time getting everything lined up, only to have it slip when I clamped it down with this one. My one complaint is the poor quality of the hex key that comes with it for setting the depth collar. The key rounded out after 3 or 4 adjustments while I was getting the collar in the right spot. Oh well, that's what I have a set of good hex keys for.
This kit can get you into pocket-hole joinery at a minimal cost, assuming you already own a powerful clamp, such as an Irwin Quick-Grip, which can be used for a multitude of other tasks. If you're doing a production run of 50 or more holes, I'd recommend the $99 kit, with the cam-clamp jig, which will speed things up a lot.
Pros: Easy to Use, Accurate
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mini-jig clamped to board; one hole already drilled
Very nice jig to have around. Pocket screws are a great, strong way to fasten materials. They are a lot faster and easier than using biscuits, mortise and tenon joints or other types of concealed jointing methods. I purchased this for some cabinets and storage I'm going to construct but wound up using it for something else sooner. This is the least expensive model available but if you're willing to take a little more time to set up your jig it is a very cost effective solution. The kit comes with a brad point bit for drilling the hole, a stop collar for precise depth adjustment of the bit, a hex key to adjust the collar and the actual jig that positions the bit to make the hole. You will need a clamp to hold the jig the your workpiece and a long #2 hex driver bit to reach into the holes. The higher priced models come with a very nice clamp but if you already have a clamp and don't need some of the other features in the higher models you can do well with this. I found a great deal on a locking C clamp elsewhere and use that. The hex driver bit is about a buck at my corner hardware store. (I forgot to get one along with the jig). The hole setup is quick and easy. If you're drilling into 3/4" material you place the front of the jig flush with the end of the work peice. If you're going into 1 1/2" material (2x4) you need to place the jig further back. For 1/2" material you need to place the front of the jig past the work piece. You also need to adjust the depth of the stop collar. These adjustments are necessary to get the end of the hole in the middle of the workpiece. Some of the other models make it easier to get this placement right, faster. If you're going to use this frequently with different sized materials it may be worth the extra price to make things go quicker. Or you can also make your own spacer blocks for the thickness of materials you commonly use. Measuring the spacing for the stop collar can be a bit tricky so I placed the collar in the three different positions and made a mark on the shaft for quick placement in the future. The design of the jig makes it easy to create pocket holes. There is a hole in the jig that allows the wood chips to be easily removed from the cut. Make sure you securely tighten the stop collar so that it does not slip as you're drilling the hole. It is important to keep the bit sharp and Kreg provides an affordable sharpening service if you do not have the means to sharpen this type of bit.
I have used various products for fastening wood together, and have concluded that the mini kreg tool is by far the easiest and convenient to use. It's compact in size, and the drill bit is exceptionally sharp when purchased. I say this is a good item for your tool chest.
I've been useing this product for about a month now and wondering why I didn't buy it sooner. It works great for joining any thicknesses of wood together. The directions are simple to follow and this is a tool I'd recomend to all. The guy I work with at a cabinet shop has bought one of his own after we used it on faceframes just one time. I think that says it all. On the down side I wish it would have come with the clamp. It makes it so much easier with the quick clamp which I bought seperate. Hope this helps you decide on buying one for yourself.
This product is one of the most useful things I have purchased for my shop in a long time. From big to small projects, it makes assembly almost easier than buying a pre-made kit. The only down side is that it can only do one hole at a time (unlike the full Kreg system), meaning that the project must be re-clamped each hole. I'm seriously considering buying a second one to remedy this issue, and it would absolutely be worth it.
I was working on a project and wanted to try using pocket holes. For the price I thought I'd try it, and glad I did. For the money you cant go wrong, Kreg makes Quality tools. If you only need a pocket hole jig for one project get this one, if you plan on making pocket holes for multiple projects get there master kit as I will soon.
This is is just OK. Would have been better if they placed depth markings on the drill and/or the jig. I'm not sure how they could have missed something as elementary as this. Why should users have to use a tape measure for something Kreg could have easily and accurately done for them?