Kreg Jig K5 Review with Bonus Picture Frame Project

December 11, 2019 0 By Peter Engel

Hey guys, so I wanted to do a quick product review as well as the project video I made a picture frame using pocket holes you know and I’ve done a lot of projects over the years using pocket holes But I really don’t ever go into sort of depth of how I’ve used them I really even talked a lot about the the jig that I use for that so I wanted to talk about the Kreg of K5 as well as talk about some other pocket hole jig that I use on the K for the junior So come up in the video. I’m going to show you You know which products I’ve used which ones I like and sort of go into a little bit more depth about how to use that and you know there’s a bonus I’m you know. I’ll show you how I made this picture frame It’s very easy so stick around for the video and as always be sure to check out my website at So first off I’ve got the Craig jr. And obviously. This is a jig that I’ve only used maybe a couple of times whenever I You know finish a complete project. I’m actually in the process of assembling it and I missed a you know a spot where I needed to pocket hole And I just I didn’t put it there so rather than take the whole piece apart I could take this I can attach this to my Piece that. I’m working on Take a clamp secure this drill my pocket pull in and then I can finish that my project again I’ve only used this a couple of times this I believe came with my Craig cape or master system But you can buy these separately as well Next up, I’ve got the Craig R3 jig, and this was the first jig that I ever purchased I really like this one, and I use this one for quite a while for a couple years actually and in theory This is the only thing you would ever need to do pretty much off of the pocket holes that you know that I can think Up any anyhow, and I and I sort of did do that What I will say is that it takes a lot longer to do that you take a clamp it does have a nice Adapter here that uses Kreg Kreg clamps you can secure your work piece to it, and then you can very quickly drill your pocket holes. It’s got a lot of nice Advantages to it. It’s very portable. It’s very light You adjust these sort of side guideline guides to your work piece, and you can very quickly drill holes with it Although I can’t imagine using this for a very large project Or even a medium-sized project is I just think it it just takes too long Next if I got the Kreg K4 Jig, and I’ve had this for quite a few years now I really like it. I made a lot of projects with it It’s got a lot of good things going for it one of the things I like is that you can very quickly attach this to your workbench with a clamp Take your clamp, and you slide it on there, and it secures it down The back is very easy to adjust for a different size With pieces that you’re going to use you lock it down there, and then you can very quickly drill like the pocket bubbles It’s also got a nice little Feature here, it’ll store your drill bits And I just I really like this one the key for still at least at the time of this video when I shot it It’s still very popular you see in a lot of the big-box stores Next up is a Kreg K5 system the k5 is an update to the Cape for system There are definitely some changes to this some that I like some that I don’t like Probably the most noticeable thing is that they moved this lever that was on the K4 from the back to the front It does kind of make it a little bit nicer when you’re trying to secure it especially when you’re doing repetitive Pieces you can very quickly lock that down One of the things I don’t like about it though is that you lose the ability to clamp this to a work table I thought that was a really nice feature on the K4 It allowed you to get set up very quickly This I think you would have to sort of mount To a workbench or you know come up with some way to sort of secure this down or lock it down on your workbench Just that’s an extra step. You know not that big a deal. I think I’ve just gotten used to the K4 for years also includes a dust chute Which makes it nice to get the dust out and another nice feature that they’ve included these accessory boxes There’s two of them and they attach on each side It’s nice about that as if you’re doing lots of repetitive pocket holes and you’ve got a larger wood piece You know a diamond piece of plywood for example these kind of help steady the piece For you so that you don’t have to sort of you know create something or figure out some way to balance your your workpiece It also has storage space for extra bits and other accessories To get started with the setup of my Kreg jig I only need to know a few things I need to know the board thickness in my case I’ve got a 3/4 inch width board so I could drop this in line up on the line of the board thickness That’s all set Next if I can use this little handy dandy guide for the length of the screw that I’m gonna be using I’ve got one of the quarter inch screws that I’m gonna be using so I can take this it’s it a right front Drop my drill bit in and line it up with the guide Drop my stop collar right on top of it tighten that down Maybe Maybe Tighten it down and I’m all good to go there one of the nice things too about the k5 is that they include a little stop block You can drop on secure it there, and it you got repetitive holes that you need to drill out this certainly is a time-saver But the four boards that I’m going to be cutting. I’m going to need that Okay, so I’m about ready to drill my holes into my boards I wanted to take a second that I’ll talk about that because It can be a little confusing when you’re first getting started on where to place the holes On your boards and so what you want to do is you want to kind of drill your holes with the grain? So I’ve already drilled one here, and as you can see it’s kind of going with the grain here And that will be inserted and like the board will actually go across here The reason for that is because you want to attach You want to be able to have the screw kind of? Dig into sort of the meat of the board going to crosscut if you go into the inside of the grain It just doesn’t have a whole lot to grab onto So it’s you know it’s always best There has been one case where I had to do that And it worked out fine. I actually reinforced it with glue but As you know as much as possible you want to be able to kind of have the board attached across into the grain like so So I already started attaching my boards together, I wanted to stop and talk for just a second though I point out that the Kreg has a couple different types of screws that are available one is a course which is designed for your soft woods your pine Or even like plywood so you would use that in my case since I’ve got oak boards here I want to use them more of a fine screw And that’s what that’s designed for Also with your kit you’re going to get this hex bit that comes with it. That’s designed for the screws that Craig sells And if you’re going to use a power screwdriver make sure that you adjust your torque to one of the lowest settings there Otherwise you can really strip your screw out and I kind of mess your piece up One more note before you attach The holes that you drill down on your pocket holes to the boards if you’re gonna attach like this You’re really are gonna want to clamp that down Kreg sells some clamps that are great They’ve got these very wide pads when you get ready to clamp it down to your workbench Make sure that you get both sides and that you clamp it down really tight If you don’t do that what can happen sometimes is that? One of these boards will just lift very slightly and when you get ready to join your boards together. They’re not flush another type of clamp that Kreg sells Is this one that allows you to take one end and insert it into the pocket hole and what’s nice about that is if you’re trying to You know in my example of my frame I’m attaching boards like this But what if you have a situation where you want to flip of already if you got kind of a crazy angle? Well, that’s where this kind of clamp comes in real handy, so Kreg sells these as well Definitely pick one of these up if you think you’re going to do a lot of these Okay, so my frame. It’s coming along pretty nicely You can see the front of it looks pretty good on the backside of it, though And you got these kind of these upgly pocket holes now normally for most pocket hole projects you’ll put them in places that are kind of hidden underneath maybe in areas that you don’t really care if they’re exposed on this frame I Kind of want to clean that up so that if you look at the backside of it You don’t see this so what Kreg offers are these pocket hole plugs, and they come in various species of wood I’ve got opens here because that’s the timber that I’m using And what you do is you just add a little bit of glue you slide the plug in Like so and then to clean that off you either plain, or just singing it down so that it’s smooth to finish off my frame I’m gonna use a 1/4 inch rabbet bit on my router I will all the way around on the inside And I’ll put it to the depth of a piece of hardwood and a piece of plexiglass that I’ve already cut It’ll sit in there pretty nicely to clean up the corners. I’ll use the chisel to just kind of smooth that out and I think my frame will be just about done That wraps up my Kreg review as well as the picture frame photo project I did stain this and put some shlac on it and installed these a little button tabs you see on the back Last step is to install the Plexiglas and some backing or hard cardboard on the back and stick a picture in there So I’ll put more detailed information about the rest of these steps as well as if more information about The Kreg products that I really enjoy and I’ll stick all that out on a