Tool Tech: Castle 100 Pocket Hole Machine
Instead of a drill bit, the Castle 100 uses a compact router to make screw pockets that are shaped a little differently than we’re used to.
Designed for finish carpenters and small cabinet shops, the smallest pocket-hole machine from Castle makes the pocket with a Bosch Colt router instead of a stepped drill bit. Castle claims its process produces a cleaner pocket and a stronger connection. In this episode of Tool Tech, host Patrick McCombe takes a look at the Castle 100 and explains its operation. To see if the joints it makes are indeed stronger than the pocket holes made by a jig, he mocks up joints from poplar, oak, pine, and PVC and tests their strength against pocket-hole joints made with a Kreg pocket-hole jig.
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Senior editor Patrick McCombe has been testing power tools on behalf of national publications for more than 15 years, and he regularly meets with product manufacturers to try out new introductions. In the Tool Tech series, Patrick reviews the latest tools and materials, discusses building technology, and shows time-tested techniques for better, more-efficient home building.