Video: Kreg Jig K5

Pocket hole joinery isn't on most lists of classic woodworking joints, but they are actually a great choice for many projects. They're strong, easy to assemble and are hidden from view.

The Kreg K5 Jig is a benchtop style pocket hole jig system, meaning it's too large to tote around in your tool belt. It's intended to be used in a workshop, but it's also not too large to bring along to a job site.

The Kreg K5 is similar to previous Kreg benchtop jigs, but there are several new features worth noting, including:

  • Ratcheting clamp that adjusts to various thicknesses without tools
  • Quick-release pin for tool-free set up of the drill guide block
  • Depth-guide block that makes it easier to accurately set the drill bit stop collar
  • Built-in storage bins that also act as outfeed supports
  • 1-1/4-in. dust port

There are several pocket hole jigs on the market today, and Kreg Jig produces many of them. Choose the one that best suits your needs. If you do mostly work on job sites, repair work or don't use pocket hole joints very often, then a small portable kit is a great way to go. The Kreg K5 retails for $139.99, making it one of the more expensive pocket hole jigs on the market, but if you frequently use pocket hole joinery and you work in your shop, then the K5 should be near the top of your list.

Watch the episode of We Tried It featuring the Kreg K5 Jig: