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Pocket holes are a fast and efficient method of joinery, which is important to a professional like me. I use a lot of plywood in my custom cabinetry, and I often incorporate pockethole joinery in the solid-wood face frames. Kreg’s new Model R3 pocket-hole jig adjusts easily, without tools, to drill stock from 1/2 in. to 1-1/2 in. thick in 1/8-in. increments. You can attach the jig to a workpiece with a C-clamp, or you can use the included face-frame adapter to connect the jig using Kreg’s Face Clamps (not included). These clamps have handles like a pair of locking pliers, but they have wide jaws with a deep reach. These accessories speed up the process of drilling multiple holes.
An affordable way to make fast and efficient joinery, the R3 from Kreg would be a solid addition to a shop. The kit sells for $45 and includes the jig, the Fast Clamp adapter, a bit with stop collar, an extralong square drive, five packs of screws, and a small pack of angled dowel plugs. Face Clamps range in price from $15 to $35.
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