A simple pocket-hole jig works great if you have a step drill bit—a 3⁄8" bit with a 1⁄8" pilot tip. If you don't, here's an idea that will come in handy.

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A simple pocket-hole jig works great if you have a step drill bit—a 38 " bit with a 18 " pilot tip. If you don't, here's an idea that will come in handy.

I use a standard 38 " bit with a stop collar on it to drill through the jig and into the stock to make the counterbore for the screw head. Then, I drill a 532 " hole through the center of a 34 "-long piece of 38 " dowel.

When I slip the dowel over a long, jobber-length 532 " bit (sold in many tool catalogs) as shown above, the dowel follows the first hole and acts as a guide while I drill a pilot hole for the screw shank. When the dowel gets reamed out, make a new one. You can drill other sizes of pilot holes through the dowel.
—Leonard S. Treppa, Warren, Mich.