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    How to Use Pocket Hole Joinery





    Pocket holes are a fast and efficient method of joinery that any novice woodworker can handle. Best of all, a variety of jigs are available--from souped-up professional models (they can be a bit expensive), to simpler jigs that can be had for under $50. If your a beginner woodworker not quite ready to jump into traditional mortise-and-tenon joinery, a pocket hole jig is a great way to experiment with furniture making without breaking the bank on all sorts of pricey joinery tools.

    The premise is simple: the jig is first clamped to one of the workpieces you wish to join. Then, using a specialized drill bit that comes with the jig, a hole is drilled at a shallow angle. The workpiece is then clamped beside it's mate, and a specialized pocket screw is then driven in, driving the joint together tight.

    Furnituer maker Greg Paolini has plenty of experience using pocket hole joinery to join the face frames of kitchen cabinets together (a very popular use for this technique). In this video, he shows you how to use pocket hole joinery to quickly and effectively join wooden components together.

     

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