How to Set the Depth on a Kreg Pocket Jig

A Kreg pocket jig is a woodworking accessory used in making pocket joints.

A Kreg pocket jig is a handy accessory when using an electric drill.A Kreg pocket jig is a handy accessory when using an electric drill.
The Kreg jig has guide sleeves into which a drill bit is inserted. The jig is clamped to the wood, and the angle of the guide sleeves ensures that the drill bit will drill the hole at the proper angle. Perhaps the most vital adjustment that the woodworker needs to make is to set the depth on a Kreg pocket jig.

Clamp the Kreg jig onto a worktable with woodworking clamps.

Insert the end of the board to receive the pocket joints into the Kreg jig, and secure the board in the jig with the clamp.

Measure the thickness of the board in the Kreg jig.

Place the stepped pocket hole drill bit in the depth gauge of the Kreg jig. The step of the bit (about 1/2 inch from the tip of the bit) should be aligned with the point on the gauge denoting the thickness of the board you determined in the previous step.

Slide a stop collar over the shaft of the bit, up against the edge of the jig. Tighten the stop collar in place with an Allen wrench.

Insert the drill bit with the collar attached into a power drill's chuck. Slide the bit into the guide sleeve of the jig. Set the drill's direction switch to forward, and pull the trigger. Ease the bit into the jig until the stop collar touches the jig. Pull out the bit and set the drill aside.

Remove the board from the jig, and inspect the pocket hole to make sure that the jig is cut the proper depth.

Things You Will Need

  • Woodworking clamps
  • Tape measure
  • Stepped pocket hole drill bit
  • Drill bit stop collar
  • Allen wrenches
  • Power drill


  • When using a power drill, wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from flying debris.

About the Author

Chris Baylor has been writing about various topics, focusing primarily on woodworking, since 2006. You can see his work in publications such as "Consumer's Digest," where he wrote the 2009 Best Buys for Power Tools and the 2013 Best Buys for Pressure Washers.