Have you ever put an item (or 50 from the Target Dollar Bins) in your cart only to walk around the store and put these items back in random spots? Or maybe you decide to buy a big-ticket item only to return it a few days later because it wasn’t up to your expectations.
No? Anyone? I know this can’t just be me! In an effort to prevent your potential shopper’s remorse, I’m going to have a blog spot devoted to particular items that I’ve either used and loved or bought and regretted. The basic question: “is it worth it?“.
I’m going to be looking at 4 categories for this review:
- Simplicity: how freaking easy is it to use?
- Cost: does the price tag “match” the quality of the product?
- Material Quality: are the materials durable enough to withstand the test of time?
- Effectiveness: does the product actually do what it promises to do?
First product up for review is the Kreg K4 Pocket Hole Jig. This is the tool that you need to create and secure wood pieces together for anything from doors and tables to dressers and wall art. For the sake of honesty, I was NOT paid or given any product for this review post.
The K4 system includes: Kreg Jig K4®, stepped drill bit, 6″ square driver, starter Kreg screw set, starter Kreg pocket-hole plug set, SkillBuilder™ DVD, Quick-Start Guide, and Owner’s Manual, and durable and compact carrying case.
Product Cost: $99
Simplicity: This all depends on how well someone reads and follows through with the included directions. Installation of the jig is super easy and it is portable so moving from one work area to another is super easy. To figure out the exact jig settings to create the pocket holes, you need to measure your board(s) and then adjust both the jig and the drill bit before drilling. This can be a slight issue if you are using boards that are older, warped, or uneven. For instance, the fence boards that I use for the wall arrow project are slightly warped and uneven – this meant I had to work with the jig to find the best setting, but it wasn’t based solely on the measurements. Overall, it is very easy to work with the Kreg jig and adjust for the perfect setting but expect some creative woodworking when using wood that isn’t straight from the mill perfect.
Cost: There are a range of Kreg Jig products available and this one is in the ideal cost range from someone who wants to use/create pocket holes with their projects but isn’t looking to spend too much. Kreg also has a super low-priced single pocket hole jig available for $22 called the “Mini” but I have my eye on the newest product called the “Foreman” which comes in at a whooping $399. This bad boy is the Lamborghini of pocket hole machinery – perfect and precise without messing with your drill driver but you will pay for the bells and whistles.
Quality: Most assuredly YES, it lasts and is very durable. If anyone knows about life in the workshop, our tools are put to the test and casualties have been suffered. And Kreg jig drill guides have a lifetime warranty so I’m confident that it will survive the test of
Effectiveness: Pocket holes are meant to seamlessly and securely join wood pieces together without showing the point of entry. I’ve used this to create a few projects including the headboard bench and use it on pieces that need to be reinforced because pocket holes also help to prevent wood splits.
So, is it WORTH IT?
Overall, this is an ideal tool to have in any workshop and because there are a range of jigs at various price points, this really should be a tool that every wood enthusiast invests in. The Kreg Jig K4 is durable, effective, and adds another level to woodworking.
Anyone else already invest in this jig? Differing thoughts? Should I beg the people at Kreg to let me have a Foreman?