We are in the process of building some cabinets for our pantry renovation, so it’s a great time to write a tutorial on how we use the Kreg Jig Jr.
It’s a reliable and easy to use tool for making strong and dependable joints for all of your woodworking projects.
Let’s take a look at the Kreg Jig Jr!
On the bottom side of the Kreg Jig Jr, there are adjustable sliders that have numbers on them. Those numbers correspond to the thickness of the wood that you’re using for your project. So, if you are using 3/4″ plywood for your project, you’ll need to set both sliders to the 3/4″.
Most any bar clamp or c-clamp will secure the Kreg Jig Jr in place, but I’ve found that when I’ve got multiple pocket holes to drill, I prefer using a Kreg Face Clamp.
It easily attaches to the Kreg Jig Jr and it’s easily adjustable for clamping different thickness woods.
Inside the Kreg Jig Jr. case, you’ll find a drill bit with an adjustable collar. The collar acts as a depth gauge for drilling into woods of varying thickness. To set the collar to the correct depth simply slide the collar onto the drill bit, place the bit into its holder in the case (It has built-in gauge markings), slide the collar to the same measurement as the Kreg Jig Jr, and tighten the allen screw on the collar.
The cabinets we are building are about 20″ deep, so we chose to connect each joint with 4 separate pocket hole screws. Using the Kreg Face Clamp, we secured the Kreg Jig Jr. into place, then drilled the four evenly spaced pocket holes for the first joint.
Kreg makes another kind of clamp that makes assembling a lot easier. It’s called the Kreg Right Angle Clamp.
One side has a round flat surface, while the other side has a pin just large enough to fit inside one of the pocket holes.
Following the same principles as we’ve already discussed, it’s really easy to install a fixed shelf using the Kreg tools as well! Measure and mark where the fixed shelf will be placed. Take a straight scrap piece of wood and clamp it into place so that the edge lines up with your shelf marks. This will help hold the shelf in the correct position as you begin to screw it into place.
Here I am finishing up the assembly. At this point, I repeated the same process on the opposite side of the cabinet until all of my joints were secure.
Using a Kreg Jig Jr makes easy work of building and assembling your own custom cabinets. The Kreg Tool Company has a lot of other worthwhile tools in their cache. But don’t just take our word for it. Head over to Pretty Handy Girl where our friend Brittany shows us the value in using a Kreg Jig or stop in over at Chief’s Shop and see what Chris has to say about using the Kreg Shelf Pin Jig!
Interested in seeing how these cabinets turned out? Check out our kitchen pantry renovation reveal!
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Disclaimer: We were not paid to endorse the Kreg Jig Jr. This tool however, was given to us by the Kreg Tool Company while attending a conference. The opinions found here are honest and my own. There are affiliate links within this post.