It will happen to all of us at some point. We’ll chuck the pocket hole driver in our drill, attempt to drive the pocket hole screw into the pocket hole and… CRASH!!! The drill/driver combo is too large to fit in our DIY furniture project. We can’t tighten the screw. What do we do now? Don’t fret friends. Today, I’m sharing the secret weapon I keep in my tool arsenal for hard-to-reach pocket holes!
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A few weeks ago I shared the plans for the outdoor coffee table I designed for Build Something and Kreg Jig. If you haven’t checked out the table, please do, it’s a really cool design if I do say so myself! The coffee table has four hidden side tables that store under the table and can be pulled out when you need more space for entertaining. You can get the outdoor coffee table plans here.
The side tables are where I ran into a little trouble. I designed the legs of the side tables to attach with pocket holes. What I didn’t account for in my design was the interior space of the side table was small. When I attempted to drive the pocket hole screw into the pocket hole… CRASH!!! The driver and drill combo were too large to fit inside the leg area. How would I attach the legs?
My Secret Weapon for Hard-to-Reach Pocket Holes
Then I remembered I had a secret weapon in my tool arsenal. A secret weapon I bought long ago but had never used. I bought it because I knew someday it would come in handy. Today was that day and the secret weapon was a DEWALT Right Angle Attachment!
I sliced open the plastic container and chucked the right angle attachment in my drill. Then I chucked a short pocket hole driver in the right angle attachment.
The right angle attachment easily fit in between the legs of the side table and zzzzzzzzzzzzzip the pocket screw was in! Sooo easy!
Don’t Make These Pocket Hole Mistakes
While we’re chatting about pocket holes, be sure to check out my 9 pocket hole mistakes you don’t want to make. The post is jam-packed with pocket hole hints and tips you don’t want to miss!
You can use the right angle attachment for just about any hex-shank bit you can chuck in a drill which makes it an indispensable secret weapon you need in your toolbox. It’s the perfect tool for hard-to-reach pocket holes and any screw in a tight space. A right angle attachment is one of those tools you want to add to your tool arsenal before you actually need it. I’m glad I bought mine long before I needed to use it on the outdoor coffee table. There’s nothing more annoying than having to stop building and run to the big box store!
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