Pocket Screw Details

We’re putting the master closet together with plywood and pocket screws.

The pocket holes are oblong and drilled at the perfect depth if the jig is set correctly.

We’re using a Kreg jig made for drilling the screwholes.

We’re building the closet inside the closet.

The holes are drilled on the outside of the top and bottom of the boxes we’re making so they won’t be visible once the closet is complete.

I have mis-drilled a board in other projects so I want to be careful not to do it this time.

I’ll use the bottom as an example. The piece of board is 21″ wide and so it gets 4 screws on each side: screws on the edge are recessed 2 inches in and other screws are spaces about 6 inches apart. (See diagram above.)

The screw holes are set to the thickness of the wood: 3/4 inch.

The jig itself must be set in couple of places to the thickness of the wood, 3/4 inch.

The stepped drill bit is placed at the mark of the thickness of the lumber and the collar is snugged up with an Allen wrench to prevent the hole from being drilled too deep.

The collar on the drill bit is also set according to the thickness of the wood.

The wood is clamped into the jig.

The wood is clamped into the jig and drilled as indicated by the measured pencil markings.  Mark on the face of the wood; drill holes in the reverse.

The Kreg jig uses self-tapping screws and comes with a special drill bit.

Next step: screw the boxes together.

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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