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The Pocket Hole Drilling Jig Project Book

The Pocket Hole Drilling Jig Project Book
by Danny Proulx

Popular Woodworking Books: 2004
Paperback, 128 pp., $24.99
ISBN 1-55870-687-9

     I've reviewed several books by Danny Proulx, and I'm beginning to think of him as a leader of new technology in woodworking. Hand this man a good drill and some screws, practically any material to work with, and prepare to be amazed at what he can do with it.
     From his introduction: "Some purists will frown upon the use of this joinery method, however it is well worth studying and for those who think pocket hole joinery isn't as strong as traditional wood joints, look at the test report on the Kreg Tool Company's website."
     The first chapter of Proulx's newest book is devoted to the basics: three commercially available pocket hole jigs, and details for a fourth, shop-built version. Specialized screws are discussed, both from Kreg Tools and from McFeeley's, as well as unique drill bit systems. The second chapter details the applications of pocket hole joinery, from obvious use with face frames to corner miter joints, edge joinery, T-joints, and offset joints, among others.
     Beyond that are eleven step by step projects using this joinery method. One advantage to pocket hole joinery is that projects can be accomplished with minimal tools and very few clamps, as the system itself draws the workpieces together, allowing adhesives to cure under adequate pressure. Choose from a sofa or hall table, a quilt rack, window bench, chest of drawers, end tables, a framed mirror, kitchen storage cabinet, tall bookcase or a pendulum wall clock. The last project is an octagonal wall clock project intended for children. It is designed to teach a bit of hands-on geometry and produce a finished product in only a few hours.
     Many of these projects are constructed with the joinery concealed inside or underneath, but some use exposed pocket hole joinery, with contrasting wood plugs covering the holes as an attractive design element. The book is nicely illustrated and has large, clear color photography which makes it easy to see the author's set-ups for his methods. If your shop is limited on tools (or clamps), this joinery method may give you a head start on many projects you thought beyond your scope.

. . . Barb Siddiqui