When you want to join one piece of wood to another at a shallow angle, what you need is a pocket hole joint. They’re strong, and if you’ve got the right jig — like the K3 from Kreg — they’re simple to construct. While there are lots of pocket hole jigs on the market, we like the K3 because it’s small and portable and because you can drill up to three holes without repositioning it.
Using it is easy: the three-hole guide block slides into a portable housing that clamps to your workpiece in a variety of configurations via an included face clamp. The clamp locks onto the backside of the tool to create a mobile “clamping station” for use for drilling large panels, but you can also mount it vertically to your workbench with screws to create a more permanent station for production work. The K3’s height is adjustable, too, so you can position its screw easily in the material, selecting a thickness from 1/2” to 1-1/2” in 1/8” increments.
Street pricing starts at around $139.
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