Kreg Pocket Hole jig
I read so much about the Kreg system on the net, but never see it in use here in Japan, which figures because they are always 10 years behind in actually using new tools, etc.
I’m thinking of buying the Kreg K4 on Amazon and having it shipped over. I bought a no-name brand pocket hole jig 3 years ago from House of Tools in Canada and broke the step drill the first time I used it. Never touched it since….
Any advice on what Kreg set to buy and any accessories I should buy extra of??
Thanks in advance,
look at Lee Valley they may have the drill you need
they also sell Kreg
Yeah, I saw the Keg system in there. I get stuff from Lee Valley shipped over all the time, was just wondering about the exchange rate though....
I couldn't find the K4.
I have the K3 master system.It has bench mount and portable
Plus dust shroud(which I've never used).
Basically all you would ever need.
I guess you should stock up on screws.
I was just looking at the screws. On the Lee Valley website they have quite a few different types of screws..... I've got 1 1/4" coarse thread and fine thread from a few years ago (when I broke the jig right out of the package)....
What screws are used most?
for buying screws, have you looked at McFeely's?http://www.mcfeelys.com/
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I think the K3 is a better set up, that would be my first choice. Know what you'll be using for materials and check kreg's site to see what you'll need for screws, fine thread, coarse thread, size, etc.For accessories I really like the bench clamp (http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=11297), the face clamp that comes with the kit is good and can be used anywhere but if I can, I always use the bench clamp. It provides better pressure and gets the joints flush much more consistently. The redesigned it a bit, adding a padded handle and such but it's the same clamp. Try to get the older one that most still have on closeout and save the money.Also the right angle clamp is very good for joining that way. If you would not use that much, you can just use regular quick clamps or other clamps like that. It will take a little more time but work just as well.The drill bits last a long time, ditto the drivers but if you want a spare, I would get the mini jig kit for $20 where you get the mini jig, driver, drill bit and collar rather than just getting the drill bit. The mini kit vs. just the drill bit is a better value.A few other things look cool that I have not tried, the 90 degree clamp and the quick change kit.
>>What screws are used most?<< Depends of course ;) We use the jig mostly for 3/4 and 5/4 stock so
the 1 1/2" screws are the most common.
Hello , Rockler.com has the K3 & K4 right now . Might even be on sale . I would suggest an extra step drill bit since you have to order . Gary
I sprung for the foreman, $800. if you are doing a lot of it it pays off. its nice to not have to clamp anything to your bench
also a quick tip. glue everything up then come back later and put the screws in. it keeps the joints flush
I chose the Kreg K3 and am happy with it. I was not aware however that Kreg strongly recommends a 2,000 RPM drill motor to maximize drill bit life. I now use it with a (new) Milwaukee 2,500 RPM 3/8" corded drill (0201-20). I know many who use slower speed drills and report no problems. Just a heads up...
Got the K4 shipped over from Lee Valley. I'm going to try it this weekend as I have to make a window seat for my current house job. At first glance everything looks pretty good, watched the DVD too, but I found that pretty bland...
Got screws coming over from Tool King, I bought various sizes so I'll see which ones I use most, then I'll buy more.
Also got some MIRKA sanding disks coming with the Kreg screws. I can't believe how cheap they were, about 1/8th of the cost of buying sanding disks in Japan....!
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Uh oh! No, I've never used Mirka before, always DeWalt or Bosch brand until now. Mirka kept coming up on the net, so I read the reviews for them (Amazon) and they were really positive.....I wonder if Mirka employees wrote them...! They were cheap though....