How to Use a Pocket Jig to Join 2 Pieces of Wood. The technique of using a pocket jig and self-tapping screws to join 2 pieces of wood together is an excellent way to create a strong, solid bond. Also known as pocket-hole joinery, or pocket-screw joinery, the use of this technique, like dowelling, goes back to ancient Egyptian times. The Egyptians are believed to have originated the technique of clamping two pieces of wood together and drilling holes at an angle from one piece into the other, creating the channel where a dowel (or screw) could then be inserted.
While a pocket jig may appear to be a complicated tool upon first glance, it is actually quite easy to learn to use, and is a tool you will rely on frequently if you are planning to do any woodworking on a regular basis. Just a few of the many applications of a pocket jig include window jambs, making cabinets and cabinet frames, joining wood with curved edges, picture frames, and many types of furniture projects.
Watch this video for step-by-step instructions on how to use a pocket jig. Once you get the technique down, the sky is the limit on what you can make with this tool!
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