Pocket Hole Drilling Jig Project Book
Published by Popular Woodworking Books, Ohio USA
As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 119
Back in 1962, George Grotz, writing in his book The Furniture Doctor said: Ď...it has been well established for five or six centuries that the only way to hold furniture together is with glue. Also, you canít use screws, iron angles, or metal plates...í
As many conservators of antique furniture can attest, makers during even the most illustrious periods of furniture manufacture often used metal screws, straps and corners ó and even nails!
While itís true that a well made mortice joint is one of the strongest possible means of holding two pieces of wood together, dowel joints and, in particular, biscuit joints, are not all that far behind. And not much further behind them are pocket hole joints that can be made in seconds, using a modestly priced jig and stepped drill.
The jig is used to accurately drill a stepped hole, so that when a screw is inserted, its point goes through to pierce and hold the other piece of wood, while its head beds on the shoulder between the two hole diameters. There is nothing that precludes the additional use of glue unless, of course, it is intended that the joints should be able to be dismantled. (This is an advantage not shared by many other jointing systems.)
The Pocket Hole Drill Jig Project Book introduces the reader to several of the jigs available as well as all the important joints that can be made with them. This section of the book absorbs just 22 pages.The rest is devoted to projects: a tall bookcase, quilt rack, window bench, chest of drawers, kitchen display and storage cabinet, coffee or end table, sofa or hall table, framed mirror, pendulum wall clock and a childís wall clock.
The mainly photographic description of each project is accompanied by a well executed exploded diagram, a cutting list and, of course, a photo of the finished piece.
In keeping with the character of the pocket hole jointing system, the author uses other mechanical devices in the design of many of these projects. For example, drawers hang on proprietary metal runners and cabinet tops are secured with metal angles screwed to the top, sides or rails.
In some of the projects, the joints are shown on one of the viewed faces, the elliptical pocket holes generally filled with wood of a contrasting colour.
The text is written in a straight-forward and chatty style, while the simple designs are made even easier to construct by use of the pocket hole system.
Units of Measurement: Imperial & Metric
Equipment and Accessories
Pocket Hole Joinery Applications
Face-Frame and Case Joinery
Chest of Drawers
Kitchen Display and Storage Cabinet
Coffee and End Tables
Sofa or Hall Table
Pendulum Wall Clock
Child's Wall Clock