The 10 Best Pocket Hole Jigs
This wiki has been updated 19 times since it was first published in November of 2018. When you're connecting 2 adjacent boards with a screw, a pocket hole jig will become your new best friend. This brilliant invention creates an accurately-placed opening in no time. Today’s models are geared toward all types of woodworkers, from neophytes to experienced professionals. Here we list bare bones options as well as ones loaded with handy accessories, for all budgets and carpentry needs. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
December 02, 2020:
We removed the Drillpro Kit, primarily because of its lack of straightforward instructions. Pocket hole jigs can be a little hard to understand, especially for beginners, and a good set of instructions is imperative. We also removed the Impakt Tools Portable because of availability issues.
We added the Kreg R3 Master System, bringing the number of Kreg models on our list to five. Although Kreg is known as the gold standard for pocket hole jigs, there are still valid reasons for choosing one of the other brands on our list. For example, the dust port of the Massca DIY isn’t found on any of the Kreg options, so it could be a better choice for those who want to maintain a clean workspace. Or, the considerably low price of the General Tools 850 Heavy Duty would make it a good choice for those who couldn’t afford the Kreg version.
If you’re a professional woodworker, or just a hobbyist who has a lot of projects coming up, you may want to consider a pocket hole machine. These do essentially the same job as the jigs listed here, but since they’re larger and usually provide their own work surface, can create accurate holes much faster.
A dowel jig might also be useful if you're interested in other hidden joinery tools. These help you properly create the holes needed for using dowels to join larger wood pieces, such as bookcases, or bed frames.
January 08, 2019:
When making our selections, we looked at the overall quality, ease of use, and price of each model. The Kreg Master System and Porter-Cable 560 are from industry leaders whose products have stood the test of time. In addition, since many buyers aren’t planning to use their pocket hole jig too often, we were sure to include several more basic choices that will get smaller jobs done with ease.