HI I am going to be using the flip top bench design in my entry way and adding cubby holes and all that jazz. Initially I was just going to nail/screw some boards together but now my curiosity is peaked by these pocket hole thing a ma jigs. Can someone please explain the need for them and how to? Thank you.
It is an alternate method for joining wood. Depending on what you are building pockethole joinery is much easier. ie. joining wood planks to make a table top or permanently fixed shelves. To do these without pocket holes you are looking at buying a biscuit jointer for the first then making dadoes with either a dadoe blade with a table saw or using a router. Then on top of that you will want a countersink bit to countersink your screws to join your table legs.
Angela, The pocket hole (PH) method is a great alternative to nails, countersunk screws, and the other more elaborate, difficult, and time-consuming methods you can choose from to join two boards. Get yourself the Kreg Jr (sold at major retailers or on-line) and it has everything you need to get started. You will need boxes of 1", 1 1/4", and 2 1/2" PH screws and some good glue (I use Tightbond III). Then watch the tutorials on Ana's site or on the Kreg site. As you use the tool you will discover ways to make it easier and more efficient. I almost forgot. Have at least three or four good clamps. When you apply PH screws they produce a lot of push and torque so if all of the boards are not securely in place they can be re-aligned for you in an instant. Total cost for the Kreg Jr., clamps, glue and screws will be about $100 but a really good and long-lasting investment. Good luck.