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Pocket-Hole Drilling Guide

Take the hassle out of angled mounting holes with our simple drilling accessory.

Pocket-Hole Drilling Guide

Pocket-Hole Drilling Guide

Equipped with this handy shop aid, you can drill quick, accurate pocket holes for fastening face frames to cabinets, aprons to tabletops, and other similar tasks requiring angled mounting holes. To build the drill guide shown at right, just follow the instructions on the drawings below.

Cut a block and apply the patterns

1. From 1-1/16" stock, cut a block to 2-3/8x3 1/2". Adhere the Full-Size Patterns to it. Locate and bore a 9/16" hole, using a spade bit in the drill press. Bandsaw the guide to shape.

2. Clamp a 3" length of 1/4" iron pipe (9/16" O.D.) into a machinist's vice. Using a 3/8" twist drill, slowly ream out the inside of the pipe to 3/8". Epoxy the pipe into the 9/16" hole, flush with the top of the block. After epoxy sets up, hacksaw the pipe of at an angle to match the block. Use a stationary sander to sand the pipe flush. Break sharp edges of steel with a file and emery cloth.

For more detailed woodworking information from the editors of WOOD magazine, visit the Woodworking Techniques section of the WOOD Store.

Project Design: James R. Downing
Illustrations: Kim Downing
Photograph: Wm. Hopkins

If you like this project, please check out more than 1,000 shop-proven paper and downloadable woodworking project plans in the WOOD Store.


Comments (11)
thekrupins wrote:

Personally I appreciate posts like this. I'm a woodworker from the other side of the planet! And I simply just can't afford bying the Kreg's one, because here in Russia with dollar exchange rates a simple set will cost me a quarter of my salary Thank you for sharing tips and tricks like this!!!

3/10/2016 10:00:39 AM Report Abuse
Rueberm wrote:

Today we can head out to a big box store and get almost any tool we want (except for a bench plane replacement cutter but that is a different story). Back before Stanley and other tool makers, craftsmen had to make a lot of their own tools. I believe this made them more inventive and were more adapt to solving problems. I think this project is great!

6/3/2012 10:40:37 PM Report Abuse
lsmack3399442 wrote:

I made this one and it sold me on pocket holes. I also made another for drilling 2 holes in the 1 x 2 stock that I normally use. Great one WOOD.

6/30/2011 07:17:28 PM Report Abuse
ldphilmon wrote:

Kmealy is right on. I agree. But pocket holes are real blessing. The satisfaction of building your own is the only justification here.

6/30/2011 11:41:43 AM Report Abuse
pme3895962 wrote:

I have seen this before. What is the angle. 25 degrees? ? ?

6/30/2011 10:04:30 AM Report Abuse
bob_julie1 wrote:

it's the satisfaction of making it yourself.

2/19/2011 08:22:35 PM Report Abuse
raul-dorado wrote:

Perfect!! IŽll give a try to. Thanks.

9/10/2010 10:53:17 PM Report Abuse
ChrisBarker wrote:

Lucky you,$20 USA- Aus$39. in Australia for same thing, however, we have a higher dollar value than a lot of other countries who would find it dearer still, so think about them, it may still be economical to make rather than buy.-no harm done. Thanks chris

8/27/2010 02:51:30 AM Report Abuse
kmealy wrote:

Hmm. For less than $20 at Wal*mart, Lowe's, Home Depot, Woodcraft, or Rockler, you can buy a one hole Kreg Mini Kit that includes both the jig and the special drill bit with stop collar. For about $12, you can get the jig alone (no bit). By the time you buy, cut and ream the pipe, how much are you ahead by spending half a day rounding up parts, tools, and fabricating this thing?

8/26/2010 06:36:16 PM Report Abuse
ephillip3000266 wrote:

Great idea, I'll give it a try

8/26/2010 02:46:32 PM Report Abuse
msefcik1 wrote:

Oh so nice

8/26/2010 12:48:48 PM Report Abuse

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