When you’re building wood projects with Kreg you can usually place pocket holes where you’ll have easy access to drive in screws. Sometimes, though, you’ll run into a situation where it’s tough to get your drill and driver bit into position—whether you’re assembling a small project, one with tight spaces, or if you’re making repairs. You may also have occasions when you think, because of tight spaces, you’ll have no choice but to leave pocket holes exposed.
Thankfully, there are a few handy devices you can use to drive pocket-hole screws—and even drill pocket holes—in tight places. Here are Kregs favourites:
Shorter driver bit
Select a Shorter Driver Bit, Kreg Pocket-Hole Jigs come with a square-drive bit that’s 15 cm long. You can also get one that’s just 8 cm long to fit into tighter spaces. It comes in a kit that includes the 8 cm and another 15 cm driver bit. Or you can also pick up a Tork Craft or Felo Robertson bit (That is the right name for a square drive) at any hardware store or home centre. Just be sure it has a 2# tip size.
Use a right-angle attachment
What can you do if the combined length of your drill and driver bit is too long to reach into the space where you’re working—even with an 8 cm long bit? Use a right-angle attachment for your drill. Both Festool and Tork Craft have these available and you can use the Tork Craft attachment with any drill. The 1/4″ hex drive works with the 8 cm and 15 cm Kreg square-drive bits perfectly.
Get to super-tight space with a flexible attachment
If you need more reach than you can get with a right-angle driver, or if getting the driver and drill into a space is a challenge, one can also use a right-angle adapter that’s mounted to a flexible shaft. It will reach into some really hard-to-access places.
Choose a compact drill driver
If you haven’t checked out today’s compact drills, you’re in for a great surprise. They offer power, torque, and runtime in a small package that will fit in to a smaller space. Festool have a range of cordless options with all the attachments. These smaller drill/drivers are also lighter and usually better balanced than their bigger counterparts, which definitely cuts down on hand fatigue when you’re drilling lots of pocket holes or driving in lots of pocket-hole screws.
Grab a cordless screwdriver
If you’re not ready to invest in a new drill, but you’d like a smaller option for driving screws, a cordless screwdriver might be the trick. Also available from Festool, and Tork Craft, not all these small drivers are known for being super powerful, but they’re definitely small. Plus, they’re nice to have on hand for small jobs around the house.
Drive screws by hand
Once upon a time, all screwdrivers were cordless and powerless. They were just powered by rotating your hand instead of by a battery. A hand screwdriver with interchangeable bits is still a great option, a rachet unit is even better. As long as it will accept a #2 square-drive bit, you can use it to drive pocket-hole screws. A screwdriver may not be the fastest or most-efficient solution, but it can be just the ticket for driving a few pocket-hole screws in tight spaces.
There are even some high-tech options in hand screwdrivers. Ratcheting models allow you to drive screws by just turning your hand, and then turning the handle back to start driving again. Some ratcheting screwdrivers even have gears that speed up driving screws by rotating the bit more than the amount you rotate the handle.
Bring it all together for pocket-hole repairs
Kreg Pocket-Hole Joints are great for making repairs to wood items all around your home. But drilling the pocket hole to make a repair can be challenging in hard-to-access spaces. If you combine a Kreg Pocket-Hole Jig, such as the 300-Series, with a right-angle attachment for your drill, you can make repairs with pocket-hole joints in tight spaces.
With the 300-Series Jigs, you can remove the material thickness stop, and then position the drill guide where you need to drill your pocket hole. You can hold the drill guide in with a Kreg tailor made clamp, or with a Kreg Pocket-Hole Screw. Then, place the stepped drill bit into your drill for your Kreg joint. After that, use the driver bit in your attachment to tighten your joint and setting the screw.