How to Make a Pocket Hole

A pocket hole is a special type of woodworking joinery that makes super-strong connections. Learn how to make one with our easy instructions.

If you're ready to tackle a woodworking project, make sure you understand how to make a pocket hole. Pocket holes are used to tightly join two pieces of wood together at an angle. They're commonly found in cabinets and other structures that require tight joints. 

The easiest way to create a pocket hole is with an aptly named pocket-hole jig. For this method, you simply measure your wood, set the jig, and drill. Follow our tutorial for tips on making a pocket hole and conquering your carpentry projects.

Once you've mastered pocket holes, learn how to build your own bathroom cabinet.

How to Create a Pocket Hole with a Jig

how to make a pocket hole

What You Need

  • Plywood
  • Tape measure
  • Pocket-hole jig
  • Kreg jig bit
  • Drill
  • 3/4-inch twist bit

Step 1: Measure and Set Depth Collar

Measure your wood. Set the depth collar on the jig depending on the measurement. The jig has pre-marked measurements so simply line up the drill bit with the appropriate measurement. 

Bonus: How to Choose Plywood for Built-In Projects

Step 2: Set Jig Placement

Then set the jig placement. You'll use the same wood thickness measurement to correspond with the numbers on the jig. Most jigs use a screw that you loosen to move the guide up or down, then tighten once the right measurement is reached. 

Step 3: Secure Wood

Place wood in the jig and secure with the clamp lever. Insert bit into drill.

Step 4: Drill Through

Drive bit into the assembled jig guide. Stop once your bit hits the depth collar. Once you're ready to combine your boards, line them up at a 90-degree angle and drill a screw through the pocket hole to secure.

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