Beginner's guide to pocket hole joinery | WOODWORKING BASICS

Beginner's guide to pocket hole joinery | WOODWORKING BASICS

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WWMM BASICS ►► How to get started using pocket hole joinery. Pocket screws are easy to use and allow anyone to make awesome projects with very little experience. In this video I cover the basics of how to create strong woodworking joints using a pocket hole jig. Full article and tutorial:

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  1. Craig Nichols on June 13, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    I’m Craig and I don’t sponsor him. Enjoy your videos though!

  2. shelbyz88 on June 13, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    Great info! Thanks!

  3. David Zandman on June 13, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Thanks for this awesome video! Am trying to do the 90 degree join (end grain to face) but the drill doesn’t enter the face grain neatly and I end up with a gap. I didn’t see you pre-drill holes in the second piece (that didn’t get the pocket holes) and I’m not sure how to make holes in the right place to receive the drill bit, if necessary. Can you clarify? Thanks!!

  4. lisa marie reilly on June 13, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    This is fantastic information! Going to tackle a Ryobi Nation patio couch!

  5. O. C. on June 13, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Love your videos !

  6. Greg Amer on June 13, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    lots of good tips. thank you.

  7. Shirlei Barnes on June 13, 2022 at 8:58 pm


  8. REJANE BELANGER on June 13, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Thank you! Very well explained! I am a beginner with that tool! I really appreciate your video!

  9. Kittybellrose critcher on June 13, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    Steve how would you make a cross .?? I have never done any wood work regards RAY

  10. Erik Johnson on June 13, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    Best instructional video on pocket holes out there. Thanks for the fantastic overview!

  11. John Phillips on June 13, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    This was super helpful thank you!

  12. Penelope Kimball on June 13, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    This video was well done. Thanks.

  13. Buster J. Hanson on June 13, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Dude. I love you!

  14. Chris Copley on June 13, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    I’m a complete novice and this has been so educational! I’m looking at building some rough furniture for a camper and pocket holes seem the simplest bet, but I would never have thought to consider screw direction or grain if I hadn’t seen this. Thank you 👍👍

  15. Deb Cecotti on June 13, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Awesome! Thanks so much.

  16. AngeliqueKaga on June 13, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    A pocket joint is very strong. I made that discovery last Summer.

  17. Ryan Kennedy on June 13, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    Great, I’ll use this

  18. Kevin Patterson on June 13, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    just looking at the previous comments i agree whole heartily well done invaluable info for newbie’s. I was about to buy one but i would have got it wrong Thanks

  19. John Arnold on June 13, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    Buy the pocket hole screws. Believe it or not, it really makes a difference

  20. Hollywood Dreams on June 13, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    Thanks – I was always a bit wary of pocket holes – but now I am ready to give them a go

  21. Naomi Gonzalez on June 13, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Awesome awesome video

  22. Lisa Laughter on June 13, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Thank you so much Steve !! I was putting the screws in at the wrong angle…aka opposite of where the main thickness was…good grief Charlie Brown !! I had sat down on the porch stairs….wondering…what in the Sam Dell am I doing wrong ??? Ofcourse…we know….woodworking is like that. I always keep at it until I figure it out or just take a break for a while. I also knew …I just HAD to get this Kregg jig situation right because it was too important not to. Building a custom built in cabinet in my closet. Love and God Bless always, Lisa

  23. Craig Velardi on June 13, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Okay, so I understand the basic theory if you are using the same thickness of wood on both ends, but what do you set the pocket hole jig to, let’s say, if you are screwing a 3/4 into a 1.5" piece of wood or the opposite? The receiving piece of wood thickness or what you are screwing through?

  24. cooper on June 13, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    I have a ply board of 3/4” and a 2by 4 being joined at a 90 with the edge of the 3/4 exposed and edge of two by four touching flat of the 3/4” in entirety. Which is the best direction to drill the pocket? Pocket on 2 by for or on cut from the 3/4 ply sheet.

    The 3/4 ply sheet will be the anchor for holding one guitar hanger.

    The pieces joined will be across 14”

    I am erecting something to hang a guitar in a semi truck from the top bunk frame while in the stored away position.

  25. Kathryn Newton on June 13, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    How about angles do corners, that will be end grain on both ends

  26. Rick S on June 13, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    If you guys aren’t using an impact to drill your pocket holes you don’t know what you’re missing, definitely faster and easier

  27. hYnPrincess on June 13, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    What kreg jig do you have?

  28. Rick Bullotta on June 13, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    Good stuff, but you should be using the provided stop collar setting block to set the collar on the drill bit to the proper location based on which screw you’re using.

  29. Oscar Zuniga on June 13, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    Thanks Steve. Excellent video.

  30. Rob APt on June 13, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    Thanks. I needed a refresher

  31. Will on June 13, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    Thank You Steve!!!

  32. Cain Crafts on June 13, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    You answered my questions AND wore a Raiders hat. Instant subscribe.

  33. sai kava on June 13, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    Can I use pocket joining in plywood boards?

  34. Aidan Rogers on June 13, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    How do I do it without a special tool to drill the holes

  35. JT McConnell on June 13, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    Really good video but the background music is annoying. Leave the music out and save the content.

  36. John R on June 13, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    Nice job god bless

  37. Anti Latte on June 13, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Not sure if its the quality Kreg send to Australia but the Jig and the screws you recommended are both poor quality and not accurate. 1 of the 3 Kreg drill bits has already snapped and the other 2 are blunt straight out of the packet. Make sure you do more research than I did as companies dont seem to send the same quality of their products to every country. Buyer beware

  38. ROBIN BARKER on June 13, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    What jig do you reccommend?

  39. Common Man Denver on June 13, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    Thank you so much.! This video is Great! Really appreciate the close up and the visuals. Mike in Colorado

  40. Raquel Sepulveda on June 13, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    “Remember that THING that you probably never used and you probably never even knew what it was FoR”…. When you did the eye brow raise and looked right at the camera it was like you were looking into my soul…..How did you know that I didn’t know eeeppppp?!?!?! Lol Thank you… I’m so new that this was MUCH needed!

  41. David Walker on June 13, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    You had me at the Tardis

  42. Shane Watts on June 13, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    Very informative. Thank you.

  43. Anthony Curreri on June 13, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    Great info here. I plan on turning a large niche in my kitchen into a cabinet with a glass panel door. Now I know how to use the Kreg pocket hole jig I bought. LOL

  44. Joanna Thomas on June 13, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    Such a helpful video – thanks! I recently bought a pocket hole jig but haven’t used it yet. I was at the hardware store the other day and had no idea which screws to get. Now I do! 🙂

  45. Jimmey Mcgee on June 13, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    Excellent video thanks for explaining this process I really didn’t understand but now I know 👍🏾

  46. Jay younger on June 13, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    Raiddderrrrrrrssss!!! I seen that hat! Thanks for the tips in this video!✊🏼🏴‍☠️

  47. Bflatsolo on June 13, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    This is one of the better instructional videos I’ve ever watched on any topic.

  48. Laia Bertran on June 13, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    I’m planning to make a console and this is the first time I heard about this pocket hole thing. I’m crafty but a newbie in woodworking. I want to learn a lot, there’s so much I can build. Thanks for your video.

  49. holden2113 on June 13, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    Great video!

  50. louis feiten on June 13, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    Great Video!! Short, concise , clear information on every step. You might title this as a second video. “How to make an instructional video” I subscribed”