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just signing and saying hi from Montpellier, France. I'm a transplanted kiwi interested in routing and woodworking. Having followed the forums for a while, I'm hoping to continue learning. There is usually something brilliant that arrives in the email box most days. Recently discovered pocket screws, but I baulked at the price of commercially available jigs so I knocked up one that does the job, for a couple of dollars. (I had to pay for the 8mm i.d. alu tube).
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Hello,

just signing and saying hi from Montpellier, France. I'm a transplanted kiwi interested in routing and woodworking. Having followed the forums for a while, I'm hoping to continue learning. There is usually something brilliant that arrives in the email box most days. Recently discovered pocket screws, but I baulked at the price of commercially available jigs so I knocked up one that does the job, for a couple of dollars. (I had to pay for the 8mm i.d. alu tube).
I hope you invested in a drill bushing, too. Most people making jigs like this neglect to take wear into account. In industry, it is standard practice to mitigate wear by installing a hardened guide. If this is a jig you won't use very much, I guess it wouldn't matter.
I bought my Kreg jig for $12. It included a gauge to set the drill stop collar, the special drill, a sample of pocket screws, a square drive tool for driving the screws, a allen wrench for the stop collar, the jig with two side-by-side hardened drill bushings, an adapter for the special vise-grip pliers, and a nice box with a lift out tray. There is also an instruction manual showing different ways to set it up. The guage gives the proper depths for setting the stop collar for 1/2" to 1-1/2" in 1/8" increments. The jig has a sliding hook to set the corresponding locations for the different widths, again from 1/2" to 1-1/2" in 1/8" increments.
It's not the fanciest jig Kreg makes, but so far it has done everything I've tried it on.
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What drill bit do you use in your jig?

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What drill bit do you use in your jig?
An 8mm bit. ps I have a son who lives in Manly. We visited him in May - such a wonderful city, Sydney.
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Is it a stepped drill bit and do you use a collar?

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Hello,

just signing and saying hi from Montpellier, France. I'm a transplanted kiwi interested in routing and woodworking. Having followed the forums for a while, I'm hoping to continue learning. There is usually something brilliant that arrives in the email box most days. Recently discovered pocket screws, but I baulked at the price of commercially available jigs so I knocked up one that does the job, for a couple of dollars. (I had to pay for the 8mm i.d. alu tube).
Very ingenious Spayne. I got a Silverline jig from Amazon for 5, does 3 sizes, might be useful ? Silverline 868549 6, 8 and 10 mm Pocket Hole Jig: Amazon.co.uk: DIY & Tools
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Is it a stepped drill bit and do you use a collar?
No, just a straight drill bit - the tube is the guide, it's alu and I dont use it often so I'm hoping not too much wear on the bit.
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