If you’re in the market for your first pocket hole jig or considering replacing your current pocket hole jig, put the Kreg Jig K5 at the top of your list. I started DIYing with the Kreg Jig K3, but recently I had an opportunity to put the K5 to the test and the verdict is in… I’m in LOVE! Today I’m sharing 5 reasons why the Kreg Jig K5 will change the way you make pocket holes.
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Recently I designed and built this attractive, multitasking outdoor coffee table. The coffee table project was sponsored by Build Something and Kreg Jig. Build Something is Kreg’s DIY project plan site. In addition to partnering with them for the project, they also helped me out with the more than 300 pocket holes that I needed to drill for the coffee table. The shiny new Kreg Jig K5 they sent me made quick work of drilling all those pocket holes. I thought I loved my Kreg K3, but I have a new crush… my Kreg Jig K5!!! (Shhh… don’t tell my K3!)
What is a Pocket Hole Jig?
Before I tell you about the awesomeness that is the Kreg Jig K5, let’s review what a Kreg Jig does. A Kreg Jig uses preset holes to drill angled pocket holes in a piece of wood. A pocket screw, specifically designed for use with pocket holes draws the two pieces of wood together to create a strong joint.
The most common joints made with the Kreg Jig are a butt joint or edge joint. A butt joint joins the end of one piece of wood to the edge of another piece of wood. Common uses for butt joints are frames for side assemblies and door frames. An edge joint joins the edges of two boards. Common uses for edge joints are panels and furniture tops. I use a Kreg Jig to build nearly all of my DIY furniture projects.
5 Reasons Why the Kreg Jig K5 Will Change the Way You Make Pocket Holes
The clamp on my old K3 worked well, but it took a little turning when using different thickness of wood. For thinner stock, I would need to rotate the clamp closer to the drill guide. For thicker stock, I would rotate the clamp away from the drill guide. It’s not a difficult process, just a little time consuming especially when I’m excited about getting started on a new piece of DIY furniture and I just want to start drilling pocket holes for my project!
The ratcheting clamp on the Kreg Jig K5 eliminates the need for turning. Not only that, but it adjusts quickly and easily. To get started, move the clamp all the way to the back of the jig. Lower the front mounted handle, place your workpiece behind the drill guide, press down on the clamp and move it until it touches the workpiece. Raise the handle and move the clamp forward until you hear it click twice. That’s it. The clamp is set and ready to use. It probably took me longer to type and for you to read this paragraph than it takes to adjust the clamp on the K5!
Another improvement is the clamp material. The surface of my K3 is made of hard plastic. The surface of the Kreg Jig K5 is soft rubber which means there is less of a chance of the clamp marring the face of your lumber.
Quick Release Guide Block Pin
The drill guide block on my old K3 took a little turning too. Again, nothing major. To adjust the K3 guide block, first I would need to loosen the set screw, move the guide block to the correct depth and then tighten to keep it in place. The Kreg Jig K5 features a spring activated guide block pin. Pull the pin, adjust the guide block, release the pin. DONE! Oh, and misplacing the set screw isn’t an option on the Kreg Jig K5 like it was on my K3!
Stop Collar Setting Block
Another time-saving feature of the Kreg Jig K5 is the stop collar setting block. Once you have the guide block depth adjusted, you can use the stop collar setting block to set the depth of the drill bit collar.
To set the drill bit collar, first place the stop collar setting block behind the drill guide.
Lower the bit through the drill guide into the corresponding hole in the stop collar setting block and tighten the Allen. The stop collar setting block takes the guesswork out of setting the correct depth of the stop collar.
PRO TIP: When using the stop collar setting block, the drill guide block is adjusted to the thickness of your workpiece and the stop collar setting block is set to the length of the screw you will be using.
I think my favorite feature of the Kreg Jig K5 is the handy workpiece stop. Once setup, the workpiece stop allows you to insert your workpiece in the jig and drill pocket holes in the same location every time.
The workpiece stop is great for projects like the outdoor coffee table, garden cabinet, and DIY dog gate. These projects each have many parts that need pocket holes drilled in the same location. Here’s how I use it: I installed the workpiece stop and tested the setup on a piece of scrap wood. Once I was pleased with the position of the pocket holes on the test piece, I was able to drill pocket holes in the same location on every piece, every time. What a time saver!
For my K3 I built a case to store the driver, Allen key and other related jig parts. The case also helped keep long boards properly aligned in the jig.
The storage wings of the Kreg Jig K5 serve the same purpose. Wings on either side of the jig open to store the Allen key, drivers, drill bit, etc. When closed the wings help keep long boards properly aligned in the jig.
Everything You Need to Get Started
In addition to all of these awesome features, the Kreg Jig K5 Master System also includes a project clamp, the drill bit, the driver and an assortment of pocket hole screws. The kit includes everything you need to start drilling pocket holes and building DIY furniture projects!
Make Your Pocket Holes Virtually Disappear
The Kreg Pocket Hole Plug Cutter will take your furniture building to the next level! The plug cutter makes plugs to fill pocket holes. The plugs are cut from leftover scrap wood from your project, so the plugs will exactly match the wood color and wood grain of your project.
The plugs are glued into the pocket holes and then sanded flush. With a Kreg Pocket Hole Plug Cutter, your pocket holes virtually disappear and you’ll make your DIY projects look more professional. This a “gotta have it” tool for the DIYer! Check out my plug cutter setup tips and video!
Whether you’re building DIY furniture or for any DIY project, hands down the Kreg Jig K5 is the pocket hole jig you want. The ratcheting clamp, quick release guide block pin, stop collar setting block, workpiece stop, storage wings and all of the extra items included in the kit make it a winner. Plus, you can’t beat Kreg’s quality and durability.
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