Kreg Tool Tip: Mini Jig

In this video we'll show you how easy it is to make household repairs using the Kreg Jig® Mini. We'll repair a drawer that has pulled apart using just the Mini and an ordinary drill—and show you that you can do it in only a couple of minutes.

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  1. This is unusual drawer construction.   It would be rare to find a drawer that could be repaired this way.  Most sides extend all the way to the false front and are joined with rabbets, lock joints, dovetails, or even butted and stapled.

    And your direction for 1/2″ material is not right.  You need to hang this jig over the gap, not move it away from the gap.   Moving it away makes the pocket hole go deeper.

  2. You should re dub this as your voice put me off this product.

  3. Yep 1/2″ material – overhang the jig by 1/4″ and depth stop on the drill bit, per directions 3 9/16″ ..maybe a 1/16″ doesn’t matter but the 1/4″ back of the edge is 1/2″ different then the directions.

  4. Is possible use normal screw?

  5. No glue?!

  6. 1:45 Why not scribe the collar lines on the bit?

  7. only thing wrong with this video is the hating basterds commenting. so what, he made a mistake. read the instructions. it is there. i just bought one

  8. +Jose Castillo While we recommend using Kreg Jig® Screws for the highest-quality results, regular wood screws and/or drywall screws will also work. Learn more here: http://www.kregtool.com/webres/Files/newsletters/kregplus/august15.html

  9. +John Smith he would have to dissasemble the whole front, but as we can see this is just a repair. If you make it from the beginning of course you use glue…

  10. Excellent! I like the way you demonstrated the jig with a project, from beginning to end. Well done.

  11. +Charles Holland What mistake?

  12. Charles Holland

    the haters were commenting on a mistake you supposedly made. do not remember

  13. +Kreg Tool One very important thing to realize is that bugle head screws can split the wood. Using screws w/ a flat shoulder is much safer. Drywall screws will not work well. That’s bad advice.

  14. +Jose Castillo Regular, tapered head wood screws will pull themselves into the screw section of the pocket hole and become a wedge, driving the wood surface upward, and possibly splitting the workpiece.

    Drywall screws have full length threads, which interfere with the drawing together of the joint by not allowing proper slippage on the drilled side.

    The flat Kreg screws will only bear against the flat shoulder of the screw hole, and won’t wedge their way in. Their smooth shank at the head end of the screw means that all of the screw engagement is on the undrilled part of the project, so that the screw really draws the two pieces tightly together.

    I’m the first to not believe a gimmick, but I’ve tried both wood screws and Kreg screws in side-by-side comparisons, and the Kreg screws do a *far* better job in both drawing the joint together, and not distorting or splitting the workpiece. The Kreg screws are very reasonably priced, and available wherever their jigs are sold, so unless I am absolutely stuck, I will not use regular wood screws on a pocket hole project.

  15. +42lookc Right you are. The D/wall screws are a hazard. I would use the Kreg’s screws or pan head screws at the worst.

  16. Deamon Ohfivefour

    He just went the wrong way with the jig, for 1/2 inch stock.  You go in, not out 1/4 inch. No big. The rest of this demo was A1. Thank you.

  17. there is no blueprint for a simple repair job and besides he is just using how to use the mini. Good demo sir…i learned something.

  18. Shouldn’t you place the kreg jig on the outside so the screw will be driving towards the center?

  19. Depending on your preference, you can put the pocket hole on the inside or the outside with this application. You would get a stronger joint if you drove your screw from the outside. However, since the goal is simply to reinforce the existing joinery method, one hole on the inside is more than sufficient and prevents the pocket hole from being easily seen.

  20. Absolutely correct, the drawer was a bodge up from the start, that’s why it needed repairing with another bodge up.

  21. HiCan I use normal tapping screws with the mini kreg?Thanks.

  22. Yes, you would use normal Kreg Screws (https://www.kregtool.com/store/c20/kregreg-screws/), as the Mini creates standard 3/8″ diameter Kreg pocket holes. Learn more here: http://www.kregtool.com/webres/Files/newsletters/kregplus/august15.html

  23. in Europe were into metric does ur jig come in metric

  24. Yes, there are metric versions available. For more information, contact Technical Support at 800-477-8638 or technicalsupport@kregtool.com

  25. Thanks

  26. Well, that is why here in europe we put the drawerfronts between the sides…

  27. Is it better to screw from inside or outside ? I hear from others that screwing form outside is sturdier, but maybe that depends on what you’re building. Screwing from outside (of the drawer) leaves the hole more visible though.

  28. The recommendation is to drill towards the inside not the outside as that’s the weakest point.

  29. Sounds like he has a sinus infection

  30. Just got one of these. The drill is nice and sharp. However, if you’re joining plywood to plywood, set the depth gauge about 1/8″ shorter. I had a screw pierce through my finished product. I also had one screw strip out and had to drill another. Since plywood is soft, you should set the ratchet setting quite low, about 5-6 out of 20.

  31. Huh. Interesting. I think he just domo’d it from the wrong side. You want to come from the outside in to where there’s more wood to anchor it to.

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