Kreg Jig Review

By Todd Fratzel on Hand Tools, Product Reviews

Kreg Jigs and Kreg Joinery™

Kreg Jigs are one of those tools that you really need to use in order to understand how amazing they really are. Kreg Jigs are a system of jigs used for creating efficient, strong pocket hole joints used for a number of woodworking applications such as cabinet face frames, picture frames, furniture, wood panels and even repairs.

The folks at Kreg Tool Company sent us their Kreg Jig to test and evaluate.

Kreg Jig Features

  • Removable Drill Guide for benchtop and mobile use
  • 1/8” incremental settings for materials from 1/2” to 1-1/2” thick
  • Patented three drill guide fixed spacing on the Drill Guide
  • Hardened steel drill guides with lifetime warranty
  • Includes everything you need to start building
  • Doubles as a repair tool

Kreg Jig Specifications

  • Body Material: Glass Filled Nylon
  • Number of Drill Guides: 3
  • Drill Guide Spacings: 9/16″, 7/8″, 1-7/16″
  • Clamping Method: Toggle Clamp on Benchtop Base, Face Clamp for Portable Base
  • Screw Centering Ability: 1/2″, 5/8″, 3/4″, 7.8″, 1″, 1-1/8″, 1-1/4″, 1-3/8″, 1-1/2″
  • Warranty: Lifetime Drill Guide Warranty

Kreg Jig Review

Over the years I’ve seen numerous guys build some really great cabinet face frames and wainscoting with the Kreg Jig system. But I’ll admit that I hadn’t actually tried the system and figured it was probably difficult to master much like trying to use a dovetail jig for the first time!

Well I’m happy to report that using the Kreg Jig System is not only easy to fast! Kreg Jig uses three simple words to describe the process; Drill – Drive – Done! It really is that simple and the results will really blow your mind.

For my evaluation of the Kreg Jig I decided to make a simple face frame. Face frames have always been a complete hassle for me (I only make them occasionally) with all the clamps, extra work space and waiting on glue to dry. My impression of making face frames is completely the opposite now!

The first step in making a Kreg Pocket Hole is drilling the rail. Above you can see I’m using 3/4″ pine which is set up in the Kreg Jig for drilling. Thanks to easy directions the set-up was very easy. You first adjust the drill bit collar based on the thickness of the wood. There is a easy to use guide for setting the collar built into the jig base. Next the drill guide is set based on the material thickness. Again I set the jig based on 3/4″ thick material.

Once the drill bit collar and drill guide are set you simply clamp the work piece in the jig and then drill the holes.

Pictured above you’ll see the final step which includes clamping the work pieces and installing the Kreg screws in the pocket holes. The key to really tight, strong joints with this system is properly clamping the work pieces. In the photo I’m using the Kreg Clamp which holds the pieces tight and flush while installing the crews.

The kit includes the long square bit for driving the Kreg screws. Another key to the tight joints is using the Kreg Screws which are specifically made for this type of joint. The screws pull the joint really tight and that’s all there is to creating a Kreg Joint.

Final Verdict

The Kreg Jig blew me away in it’s ability to create really strong, really fast pocket hole joints. I knew the system was good from years of testimonies from colleagues but my hands on use only reinforced that impression. The speed of installation is impressive but the actual strength of these joints is amazing. While Kreg claims no glue is needed the addition of glue will make most of these joints nearly indestructible.

Bottom line is the Kreg Jig system is an amazing product that I wish was my idea! It’s easy to use, very effective and a tool that will get tons of use in my shop. From the beginner to the professional this is a tool that I highly recommend!

Where To Buy

Kreg Jigs are sold at all major Box Stores, hardware stores and numerous online stores. There are several different kits available depending on the use. The following are several kits that are available for purchase online at Amazon.

About the author

Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the author of Tool Box Buzz and Today's Green Construction. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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3 Comments

  1. My husband and I met the Kreg family at a woodworking show a few years ago. Like you, I was blown away by their demonstration. We promptly purchased a small starter set.

  2. Ethan@OPC says:

    I really like the Kreg Jig too. It’s a simple concept but really pays off for applications like building furniture. I’ve used one to help build some really nice coffee tables and I’d recommend it for any serious woodworker.

  3. I see the Kreg Jig all over the place on US based DIY sites, but have never seen one here in Australia.

    I gotta start looking a bit harder.

    Thanks for the review Todd.

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