Pocket screws allow you to quickly and easily join pieces. Several companies sell similar variations of the pocket screw jig, and they all work pretty much the same way. One exception is the Route-A-Pocket. It takes a few more tools and a little more effort, but produces what the manufacturer thinks is a better-looking and stronger joint.
Line up the Route-A-Pocket jig on your work piece, chuck the special router bit and a 3/4″ bushing into your router, and you’re ready to make the pocket. Once the pocket is cut, you stick the pilot hole drill bit into a bushing on the end of the jig and drill the hole.
There are two advantages to this method: The first is the pocket screw goes into the wood at a 10º angle rather than a 15º angle, allowing you to use a longer screw. The second is more subjective; some might think that the pocket that the system cuts looks cleaner than a normal pocket screw pocket.
Included with the Route-a-Pocket jig are the Route-A-Pocket router bit, a pilot-hole drill bit, a #2 ball tip square drive screwdriver and insert bit, some sample pocket hole screws, a set-up template, a transparent screw overlay, the user manual, and a storage tube for all the loose parts. Pricing for starts at $90 before shipping.
If you want to plug the holes made by the Route-A-Pocket, you can buy a plug-making jig for $150.