talkFestool  

Go Back   talkFestool > Woodworking Machinery and Tools > Reviews

Reviews Reviews of machines, tools, and accessories

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 09-22-2013, 06:08 PM
Leakyroof's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 1,366
Default Review of the Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig Set

I just bought one, and can compare it to the older K4 since I own both for the time being. (Craigslist is definitely in my future since I don't need multiple sets!$
__________________
Some t-shirts, a hat, some free pencils,....... way, way, too many tools,...... 1 TOOLIE, (thanks RWeber!)but mostly, a satisfied customer

Last edited by Leakyroof; 02-15-2014 at 06:39 PM.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 09-22-2013, 11:39 PM
Okami's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 2,725
Default re: Review of the Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig Set

Quote:
Originally Posted by Leakyroof View Post
I just bought one, and can compare it to the K3 and K4 since I own all 3 for the time being. (Craigslist is definitely in my future since I don't need all 3 sets!$
I tend not to screw my work together, but I'd be interested to see what you think of it
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 09-23-2013, 02:41 AM
Leakyroof's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 1,366
Default re: Review of the Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig Set

Quote:
Originally Posted by Okami View Post
I tend not to screw my work together, but I'd be interested to see what you think of it
I didn't either , for a long time I sat out of the whole pocket screw market, then bought an assortment of a kit from McFeely's, and STILL didn't touch for a good 4-5 years..
Finally decided I needed to find out all about the whole process and proceeded to buy a Kreg Kit just about every time they came out with one.
But, I was still such an infrequent user that I didn't catch on to a particular jig's shortcomings until way after I bought it....
So, I'm learning as I go, and wanted to save others my procrastination grief and poor purchases headaches.
__________________
Some t-shirts, a hat, some free pencils,....... way, way, too many tools,...... 1 TOOLIE, (thanks RWeber!)but mostly, a satisfied customer
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 09-25-2013, 03:58 AM
Wonderwino's Avatar
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Grew up in Peekskill, NY; Now living in Northwest Kansas
Posts: 2,892
Default re: Review of the Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig Set

Hasn't anyone seen the Kreg infomercials? You can screw up all your projects with one of these!
__________________
Water separates the people of the world; wine unites them.

"If you have good manners and are well spoken, you can be welcome anywhere." -Mom, 1959
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 09-25-2013, 02:07 PM
MichaelKellough's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: The northernmost end of the southernmost county of New York
Posts: 4,525
Default re: Review of the Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig Set

I'm for the review. I'm curious whether you think the K5 is worth upgrading from the K3. The K4 was a mistake I'm glad I didn't buy.

The toe-nailed screw is very useful. You can get a good bit of clamping pressure in places that are difficult to clamp. The Kreg system makes it much easier to drill the holes and the auger point washer head screws don't split the wood.

Using the pocket hole screws in combination with Dominos neutralizes the drawbacks of both systems to the extent that it's possible to eliminate clamping.

Pocket hole screws by themselves can be problematic, especially when using glue. The angled screw tends to pull the piece it passes through forward a little as the screw is tightened. It's a limited and predictable amount so it can be minimized with planning like back-setting the top piece a mm or so to start but it's best to have a solid stop to prevent the top piece from sliding. The stop can be external like a block of wood clamped in position or a bench dog in the worktable or it can be internal like a Domino. Biscuits limit movement but because their fit is much looser than Dominos they don't eliminate it.


This Kreg R3 jr. pocket hole kitThis Kreg R3 jr. pocket hole kit is very well thought out and is a great introduction to the system. It's so good and portable that it's worth having even if you buy the larger K5 (or whatever kit).


This mini kit is half the priceThis mini kit is half the price if you're really hesitant.

Last edited by MichaelKellough; 09-25-2013 at 02:17 PM.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 09-25-2013, 02:12 PM
TahoeTwoBears's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: South Lake Tahoe, CA - Minden, NV
Posts: 1,457
Send a message via ICQ to TahoeTwoBears
Default re: Review of the Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig Set

Like to hear it. I've got the K3 and would like to know if it's worth the upgrade.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 09-25-2013, 03:50 PM
FlairWoodworks's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: On a street named after a bush between two streets named after trees.
Posts: 302
Default re: Review of the Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig Set

I'd be interested. I had a quick look at it the other day and it looks like a good upgrade from the K3... but good enough to warrant the upgrade? Yes, the K4 was a step backwards.
__________________
Magic Square - for when "close enough" is good enough.
Chris Wong, Flair Woodworks
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 09-25-2013, 05:23 PM
Poto's Avatar
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 8,997
Default re: Review of the Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig Set

I'm always interested in reviews - it's a great opportunity to learn something!

__________________
I don't have as many Festools as Fred. Or Marcou's, or Brese's, or Lie-Nielsen's, or Lee Valley's, or Blue Spruce's, or Harold and Saxon's, or...
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 09-25-2013, 11:46 PM
Okami's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 2,725
Default re: Review of the Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig Set

For people that use pocket screws, in what situations do you use them? I understand they save clamping time, but they are so darn ugly. They obviously need to be well hidden.
I can imagine my customers not being impressed to see those screw holes lined up along a cabinet
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 09-26-2013, 12:11 AM
FlairWoodworks's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: On a street named after a bush between two streets named after trees.
Posts: 302
Default re: Review of the Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig Set

Quote:
Originally Posted by Okami View Post
I can imagine my customers not being impressed to see those screw holes lined up along a cabinet
Picky customers! I'd be impressed to see a bunch of wholes lined up

Pocket holes aren't used in my furniture. They do, however, get used often for jigs. I like their strength and speed of construction they allow as well as ease of disassembly.

Mr. Roof, if you want your review to reach a broader audience, you might be able to get it published on the Popular Woodworking blog.
__________________
Magic Square - for when "close enough" is good enough.
Chris Wong, Flair Woodworks

Last edited by FlairWoodworks; 09-26-2013 at 12:19 AM.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 01:23 PM.