Kreg-Mini Cheat Sheet

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I use my Kreg-Min Pocket Hole Jig quite often but I always forget the settings for different wood thicknesses so I made this little table to look up whenever I'm using my Kreg Mini. There are three measurements that you need. The depth collar adjustment, distance from edge and screw size.

Kreg Mini Drilling Depth


First you want to adjust the collar on the 2-set drill bit to control the depth of the pocket hole.

Kreg Mini Jig Position

Next you want to make sure you clamp down the Kreg-Mini the appropriate distance from the edge of the material based on the thickness of the wood you are joining.

Kreg Mini Setup

Board ThicknessDepth CollarJig Distance From EdgeScrew Length
1/2"3-5/16"1/4" Over1"
3/4"3-1/2"0"1-1/4"
1-1/2"4-1/4"1-1/4" Back2-1/2"

The table above summarizes the Depth Collar Adjustment, Distance from Edge and Screw length for 1/2", 3/4" and 1-1/2" boards or plywood.

9 comments :

  1. Great. Thanks for sharing. Very helpful.

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  2. this is really helpful but what about 2" wide material? what do i do?

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    1. Looks like they drop back 1/4" from what the depth is, so 1 3/4" back would be your setting

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  3. I am connecting two 1 1/2 in pieces with 2 1/2 in screws. I followed this direction using the jig 1 1/4 in from the edge. Once done, minimal pressure pulled the screws from the joint. What went wrong?

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    1. Michael,

      Hard to say. Can you link a picture with a 2-1/2" screw screwed in through one of the holes without the 2nd piece so I can see how much screw sticks out? Are you sure you measured the depth collar distance from the wide part of the step bit and not the tip of the bit? Did you make sure to drill all the way through until the depth collar stopped at the jig? What type of wood?

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    2. I'm no expert, but I gleaned info from other sites. One site says: Coarse-thread pocket screws hold best in softer woods, such as pine, cedar, and poplar, as well as plywood; use fine-thread screws for hardwoods. Choose the length based on the workpiece thickness.
      Most pocket-hole screws come with an oversized washer head for increased contact with the pocket shoulder, but you can also get screws with a smaller pan head for use with shallow pockets where a washer head would protrude above the workpiece surface. For outdoor applications, choose stainless steel or coated screws. Never use drywall screws -- they break easily while driving, and their tapered ("bugle") heads can split the bottoms of the pocket shoulders.
      Don't forget the glue. Screws alone make a plenty-strong pocket-hole joint, but adding glue helps prevent a joint from opening up due to seasonal shrinking and swelling.

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  4. How much do you off set it if you are using 1" thick material or 7/8" material?

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    1. My wood is 5/8. Nobody talks about where to set the jig for 5/8.

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