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You won't find a faster way to build basic cabinets, and they're handy for assembling tricky joints, too.
of the great woodworking joints at our disposal, most of which don't
require hardware of any kind, a woodworker has to wonder: Why use a
pocket-hole joint? The answer is simple: Pocket holes offer the quickest
way imaginable to build a face frame, assemble a cabinet, or join parts
that would be difficult to clamp. And they provide plenty of holding
power, too. Of course, you could try to drill the pocket holes freehand,
but a commercial jig helps you do it far more accurately and
efficiently. Let us show you the basics, using a Kreg K2000 jig as our
main example. (Kreg's Mini jig is represented in the drawing below.) To
learn more about pocket-hole jigs, see page 62.
Drill at least two holes to resist
twisting. Add glue to the mating surfaces if you don't intend to
disassemble the parts later. Use clamps to ensure flush surfaces, as
shown in Drawing 2. Now, insert the screws, and drive them to full
depth, drawing the two parts together.
|A clamp, such as this specialized version, keeps the joint members flush while you drive the pocket-hole screws. Use 1 1/4" pocket-hole screws for 3/4" stock.|
|You can drill into panels of any size; just make sure to provide
level support. If your jig doesn't include accessories for that purpose,
cut scraps of wood to suit. Drill on the inside face of each panel if
the outside will be visible; for a cabinet that will be part of a row of
attached cabinets, drill on the outside face.
||Rather than struggling to hold these joints in place
during glue-up, we used pocket holes. Drill holes from opposite sides of
each joint for extra strength.
|Pocket holes make cabinet construction quick and easy. Use them not only to attach a cabinet's face frame, as shown here, but also to join sides, back, and bottom. Clamps help you keep large pieces aligned as you drive the screws.||If you choose to use plugs, brush glue on each one, and tap it in place with a wood block and hammer. You have to plane or sand the plugs flush, which eliminates some of the timesaving advantage of pocket-hole joinery.|