The easiest way to cut a pocket joint is to use a pocket hole jig like the Porter Cable 560 Quikjig. Many of these types of jigs can range from the very simple to the elaborate. At first glance, the Porter-Cable 560 Quikjig appears to fall much closer to the latter, but with a deeper look, the system really isn’t that complicated to use.
Pocket joinery is commonly used for face frames for cabinets, in picture frame construction or when you need to join the ends of two boards together. The advantage of pocket joinery is that glue is needed for the joint, but glue can out and cause a weak joint.
This pocket-Hole Joinery jig System from porter cable is a sturdy,durable bench-top tool solution that makes woodworking jobs more efficient and accurate. Better than plate jointers or biscuits, this pocket-hole jointer allows for more flexibility on projects like edge joining, picture framing, or cabinet face framing. That is due to the fact that pocket-hole joints do not require glue to hold them together and are capable of being disassembled. The automatic adjusting depth and thickness gauge assists in setting the drill angle when material is inserted, and a screw-length gauge suggests appropriately sized fasteners for the material thickness at hand.
This Porter Cable 560 Quikjig pocket hole system can handle boards from 1/2-inch to 1-1/2 inches thick, and it includes an adjustable work piece stop that makes cutting repeatable pocket joints quick and easy. Interestingly, this adjustable work piece stop can be removed and attached to the workbench along side a standard 2 x 4 board that can be used to provide support to the side of the jig for long side board cuts.
- Broad range of applications. Pocket-hole joinery system ideal for a variety of woodworking applications. In addition, it provides variable-spaced bushings allow for a variety of pocket-hole positions
- Automatic depth-control system provides accuracy when working with different material thicknesses. It features an Integrated drill-bit collar setup dot not require changes for different material thicknesses
- Removable dust port. The port is compatible with Porter-Cable dust extractor or standard vacuum
- This is a long lasting hole joinery system designed for many years of use. It is made of high quality and tough materials. Therefore, you are assured of many years of use.
- This Jig has mounting screw holes on both the bottom and the front edge allowing you to mounted the tool in either the standard vertical or the horizontal “flatback” position ( which is best used for very long work pieces.)
- Automatically allow the adjustment of drill depth guide. It is integrated within the clamping mechanism, meaning the operator can switch between different material thicknesses without having to adjusting the collar on the drill bit. This jig also allows drilling of multiple pieces at the same time with the same thickness.
- The jig features a repeat handle, which allows the wood worker to swap work pieces with the flick of a finger.
- The on-center spacing of the pocket holes can be between just under 3/4 inch or just over 1-3/8 inch using a dial on the left side of the jig. A work piece stop on the right side can be set to provide uniformity in hole placement from piece to piece. The stop itself appears to have been an afterthought as it is nothing more than a machine screw with a plastic foot, which seems out of place when compared with the rest of the jig.
- A screw selector guide on the side of the jig automatically adjusts to the thickness of the work piece, removing guess work or calculation, and instead showing the user exactly which screw to use in each application. The simple on board vacuum port keeps the jig and the surrounding work area virtually chip free. Unfortunately, the dust collection cannot be used in the optional “flatback” position.
- Although this PORTER-CABLE 560 QUIKJIG contains a lot of moving parts, it is very simple to use. Only one hand is needed to set and lock the clamp, and you’re ready to drill. In addition to the instruction manual, a Quick Start Guide is included, and a sticker showing the steps is located right on the jig itself.
To use the PORTER-CABLE 560 QUIKJIG requires little more than:
1. clamping or securing the jig to a stable work surface
2. adjusting the brass depth stop on the included drill bit (really only needed once)
3. ensuring that the work piece is square on all sides
4. using the knob to adjust the distance between the two screw holes
5. clamping the piece in place
6. drilling the holes with the included bit
As an aside – for anyone that is completely new to this type of jointery – the jig is used only to drill the hole(s) for the pocket screws. Once the holes are made, the piece is removed from the jig, the two pieces to be joined can be clamped together (using the included clamp) and pocket screws are then inserted. That’s it.
- High precision
- Great accuracy,The drill bit only has to be set one time.
- Jig contains on board storage
- The plastic parts are a very hard polymer
- The horizontal distance between holes can be adjustable by simply rotating the knob on the top of the jig.
- The machine screw has a plastic foot, which seems out of place when compared with the rest of the jig.D
- No “on-board” stop for repetitive operations
- Dust collection cannot be used in the optional “flatback” position.
- Spacing between holes not adjustable, need to use a trial and error process, to change hole depth.
After researching and reading several different review online. This Jig from Porter Cable is one of the better ones on the market. In fact has been compared to the Kreg line of jigs. This jig has a very high rating and many of the more professional wood workers would purchase this jig again.
This Porter-Cable system surpasses its competition both in quality and ease of use, but also surpasses its competition in price. If you are only going to build one set of kitchen cabinets,you might want to look into a lower priced system. On the other hand, if this is something you expect to use for years, then PC560 would be a wise investment. Pocket hole joinery does have its limitations, however, and a professional cabinet maker or avid amateur furniture maker may be better served by a doweling or floating tenon system, although those can start at about 4 times the price of even the most pricey pocket hole jig. For someone looking for an easy to use pocket hole system with consistently reliable results, then the Porter-Cable PC560 Quik Jig Pocket Hole Joinery System will fit the bill.