It might not be so new anymore—it took me months to get my hands on the K5 Pocket Hole jig, but it was worth the wait. Years ago, the Kreg Tool Company changed the way we work by popularizing pocket-hole joinery. Since then, they’ve continued to improve on the original model. The new K5 Jig is extremely easy to adjust, comes with a box-full of accessories, and even though most everything is plastic and has that DIYer feel, this is a tool for professionals.
The K-5 comes with outboard material support—you no longer have to make your own support legs.
|And the legs hook into the body of the jig with slick dovetail joints—so if you don’t want to secure your jig and legs to a board, you don’t have to…but I still recommend it.
|The body of the jig and the extension legs are all pre-drilled for mounting screws.
|The extension legs are hollow and both have small lids, so it’s easy to store all the accessories which come with the K5: the stepped drill-bit, the long square drive bit, along with some new improvements, too.
The kit even comes with a self-adhesive chart for determining screw size and length based on thickness of material.
One new accessory is a repetitive stop, which is easy to remove and extremely handy for drilling rail parts.
|The K5 also comes with a gauge block that makes it easier to adjust the stop collar on the stepped drill bit, so all your pocket holes are exactly the right depth. No more drilling holes into the body of the jig!
|The bushing guide is much easier to adjust, too: Just pull back the spring-loaded pin, and slide the guide block up or down. The new guide block is clearly marked so it’s easy to see the right thickness setting for different materials.
A spacer is also included with the kit, so you can use the jig for drilling repair holes in a variety of different materials. Use one spacer for repairs in 1/2-in. material; add a second spacer (not included in the kit) for 3/4-in. material.
|The dust port snaps in or out, and it’s a useful addition, too. If you keep the dust out of pocket holes, your drill bit will stay sharper longer!
Watch this video and you’ll see how easy it is to adjust the new K5 clamp: