Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

425 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 21

Topic # 185488 24-Nov-2015 23:06
Send private message

Hi - be nice I know next to nothing about woodworking! I'm looking for a Xmas present for my impossible-to-buy-for partner. He's expressed an interest in join-a-jig - which he saw an informercial for. He's interesting in something that he could use to do simple woodworking with e.g. making some built in storage. He's not particularly experienced. 

My experience with infomercial stuff is that it tends to be rubbish -but some googling came up with Kreg Jigs on Amazon - this is the system I'm considering buying him 

Is this enough to get him going? Is the imperial system a problem - ie will local screws and wood sizes work or would we need to buy US-sized screws to work with it? 

Any one  used one - or can recommend an alternative? 

I help authors publish their books -

Create new topic
2572 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 370

  Reply # 1434221 24-Nov-2015 23:28
Send private message

I'v never used one but I don't think it will matter if it's imperial. For most holes sizes there are metric equivalents.

As an idea google to see if there are metric versions.

Sony Xperia X Running Sailfish
Jolla C
Nokia N1
Dell Inspiron 14z i5

1700 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 866

  Reply # 1434223 24-Nov-2015 23:31
Send private message

If it helps, they're called "pocket hole jigs"

Location: Dunedin


20273 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3828


  Reply # 1434268 25-Nov-2015 05:13
Send private message

The imperial is in the markings for panel thickness. IME its not a big deal since 18mm is 3/4" and its no use on anything thinner.

I've not used mine a great deal but when I have its worked fine.

If you try to use normal countersunk screws in it then you have to drill shallower since the setting on the stopping thing is assuming that you're using their flat bottomed screws. Other than that its easy to drill.

One thing I found is where attaching the items together that it would wander due to the screw trying to start into the second bit of wood on an angle so good clamping was a must.


133 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 17

  Reply # 1434641 25-Nov-2015 16:46
Send private message

You can buy them in NZ from Carbatec in Auckland and all the associated screws. They also sell them on Trade Me just search for Kreg.
I suggest buying the screw kit too as gives a good variety to start with. 
The screws are special and can't be bought from your local hardware store, there are different lengths for the material thickness you are joining. However I've seen the 'join a jigs' at Mitre 10 and have been meaning to check if they are stocking the screws. 
I've got a K4 Master System and it's a good little kit. They are brilliant at simplifying wood joints but you have to think where they go as they are ugly to look at. 

47 posts

+1 received by user: 10

  Reply # 1437426 29-Nov-2015 21:47
Send private message

I saw an informercial for the Join-a-Jig the other day, and out of interest did a little more research into them. There seem to be quite a few people that have bought them and had issues with them breaking reasonably quickly, and not holding the wood in place correctly.

Personally, I have had a Kreg K4 for the past couple of years (purchased from Carbatec), and absolutely love it. It works fantastically, is very sturdy, the clamp is great, and I would thoroughly recommend one. The K5 should be even better. :-)

As mentioned, they do have special screws available, but I have been using some from Mitre 10 with no issues for quite some time, so I wouldn't worry about that. All you really need to do is make sure the screws you get aren't countersunk, as that would reduce the effectiveness of the join.

Further, the instructions that come with the jig include measurements for imperial and metric.

230 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 37

  Reply # 1437435 29-Nov-2015 22:10
Send private message

Add me to the list of satisfied users - I bought a bunch of the kreg stuff from amazon back when they were doing free shipping to New Zealand (currently you're better buying it from Carbatec), and have definitely got a lot of use out of it. Makes it easy for beginners to do simple joinery stuff as long as he already has a good drill and driver. 

425 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 21

  Reply # 1437441 29-Nov-2015 22:36
Send private message

Thanks guys - the Kreg seems to be the way to go! 

I help authors publish their books -

Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Vodafone TV — television in the cloud
Posted 17-Oct-2017 19:29

Nokia 8 review: Classy midrange pure Android phone
Posted 16-Oct-2017 07:27

Why carriers might want to embrace Commerce Commission study, MVNOs
Posted 13-Oct-2017 09:42

Fitbit launches Ionic, its health and fitness smartwatch
Posted 12-Oct-2017 15:52

Xero launches machine learning automation to improve coding accuracy for small businesses
Posted 12-Oct-2017 15:45

Bank of New Zealand uses Intel AI to detect financial crime
Posted 12-Oct-2017 15:39

Sony launches Xperia XZ1, a smartphone with real-time 3D capture
Posted 11-Oct-2017 10:26

Notes on Nokia’s phone comeback
Posted 10-Oct-2017 10:06

Air New Zealand begins Inflight Wi-Fi rollout
Posted 9-Oct-2017 20:16

The latest mobile phones in perspective
Posted 9-Oct-2017 18:34

Review: Acronis True Image 2018 — serious backup
Posted 8-Oct-2017 11:22

Lenovo launches ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25
Posted 7-Oct-2017 23:16

Less fone, more tech as Vodafone gets brand make-over
Posted 6-Oct-2017 08:16

API Talent Achieves AWS MSP Partner Status
Posted 5-Oct-2017 21:20

Stellar Consulting Group now a Domo Partner
Posted 5-Oct-2017 21:03

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.