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Kreg Jig R3 – Pocket Hole Jig Review

Kreg Jig R3

IMG_2893To quote directly from the Kreg Jig website, “The Kreg Jig R3 can build you book cases, shelves, and storage projects for your home. It’s also great for creating custom built-ins, and countless other home improvements projects.” You may be thinking this little compact jig can do all that? Absolutely it can! Yes, because of its size, it will take some time to do the larger projects.  For some projects there could be more efficient ways or tools to use to get the job done, but the Kreg Jig R3 gives anyone the ability to build something with ease at an affordable price.  If you do not currently use pocket holes in your projects, this is a great introductory tool.  Also, if you do use pocket holes a lot, this tool is a great tool to bring to the project, rather than bringing your project to the pocket hole jig.

What is a pocket hole?

IMG_2894A pocket hole is an extremely simple process and not complicated at all. It is simply drilling an angled counter bore into a piece of wood and joining it to another piece of wood with a screw.   Pocket holes are a creative solution for joining two pieces of wood together. If you add a little glue, it makes the joint even stronger! My projects are full of pocket holes because I believe they are a strong joint that will last a long time. From simple projects to high end furniture, pocket holes have their applications and work very well.

My history with pocket holes

IMG_2891I have multiple pocket hole jigs/machines, both are from Kreg as well. I purchased the Kreg K4 early in my woodworking addiction. It is a great addition to any shop but when I started getting into selling work I needed a solution to increase productivity and efficiency. That is when I purchased the Kreg Jig Foreman. It is a pocket hole making beast. Pull the lever and it would make a pocket hole in a matter of a second or two. With the use of leverage and mechanical advantage, it didn’t take any effort at all.

But I started to notice a common problem with both of the previous pocket hole jigs/machines that I owned. I had to bring the work-piece to the tool. This problem happened on larger projects when my work-pieces were at a considerable size. I needed a solution. I needed to bring the jig to the work-piece.  The Kreg Jig R3 is my answer.

Specifications:

  • Easily join materials from 1/2”  to 11/2” thick (12-38mm) in 1/8” (3mm) increments
  • Positioning sliders allow you to easily adjust within 9 depth settings
  • Dual wood-chip holes keep your drill bit clear of excess wood chips
  • Two hardened-steel Kreg®drill bit guides feature a lifetime warranty
  • Comes with Kreg®accessories organized in a durable carrying case
  • Depth-collar gauge is molded into the case for handy reference
  • Durable jig body made from heavy-duty, glass-reinforced nylon
  • Easily attaches to any Kreg®Face Clamp, bar clamp, or C-clamp

Using the Kreg Jig R3

Using the Kreg Jig R3 is as easy as pocket holes themselves!

  • Remove the jig and accessories from the storage case.
  • Install the stop collar on the stepped drill bit and place back into the storage case.
  • Identify the thickness of the material you will be using and set the stop collar using the build in gauge on the storage case. Tighten the stop collar using the included Allen wrench, and install the stepped bit into the drill.
  • Take the Kreg Jig R3 and slide the outside grey parts to the desired material thickness by aligning the marks on the grey sliders to the arrows on the blue body.
  • Place the Kreg Jig R3 on the board and register the jig on the edge of your material using the hooks on the grey sliders. Tightly clamp in place using any Kreg Face clamp, bar clamp, c-clamp, or even a quick clamp.
  • Place the stepped bit into the hardened steel Kreg drill guides. When the bit is approximately 1/3 of the way into the guides, you can start the drill at full speed. Make a smooth continuous plunge. With the dual chip holes, the dust and chips are easily evacuated from the dill bit.
  • If a second pocket hole is desired, repeat the previous step in the second hole.
  • If additional pocket holes are desired, repeat all the previous steps by simply moving the Kreg Jig R3 to a different location on your work piece.

Overall

IMG_2868The Kreg Jig R3 makes pocket holes easy on the go. It does it in an easy to understand way because the jig is extremely easy to use. Adjust the depth on the jig itself, adjust the stop collar using the collar guide in the storage case and BAM, you have a pocket hole.

Who should buy this? Everyone. Seriously. It fits the category of so many application/situations. Average DIY, homeowner, novice woodworker, to a professional craftsman. The Kreg Jig R3 has a need in everyone’s tool box. Some will use it on a special situation, some will use it now and again and some will use it every single day.

The Kreg Jig R3 is a great gateway into the world of pocket holes and expand your pocket hole making tools.

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One Response to “Kreg Jig R3 – Pocket Hole Jig Review”

  1. bill horvat #

    I cannot understand the depth stop gauge on the R3 jig why is the 1and 1/8th mark below the 1 and 1/4 where is the 1 and 1/2 mark I’ve been looking at this for an hour and cant figure it out please help

    December 19, 2019 at 8:55 pm Reply

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