Get all the details, uses, and reviews on the newest tools released by Kreg Tools in March 2022 for their joinery, hardware, and workshop lineup.
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If you have been around this website, you know I am a huge fan of Kreg Tools. They are always innovating and working on solutions to help make building more efficient.
This week Kreg released not one, not two, but EIGHT new tools! These tools make great additions to the already extensive joinery, hardware, and workshop solutions.
Here’s what’s new –
- Kreg Pocket Hole Jig XL
- Kreg 90-degree pocket hole driver
- Kreg Drilling Guide
- Kreg Quick Flip
- Kreg Cabinet Door Mounting Jig
- Kreg Shelf Pin Jig
- Kreg Multipurpose blocks
- Kreg Panel Carrier
Let’s dive into each of these, how they work, and my initial review.
I walk through each of the tools and how to use them with demonstrations in the video below. A written summary follows below.
Kreg Pocket Hole Jig XL
The Kreg Pocket hole Jig XL is used to drill pocket holes in 2×4 and 4×4 boards and can be set to be used with 1 ½″ and 3 ½″ boards. It is also known as the Kreg Jig 920 or KPH920.
It joins Kreg’s extensive lineup of pocket hole jigs. At first glance, it looks much like the Kreg 320 but bigger.
The Kreg Pocket Hole Jig XL comes with everything you need to make pocket holes using it –
- The jig itself
- Easy-set drill bit with stop collar
- Square driver bit
- Hex wrench
- Clamp pad adapter
How it works
It operates similarly to the Kreg 320.
- Set up the material thickness by sliding the material stop tabs to the relevant marking. The options are 1 ½″ and 3 ½″.
- Set the depth collar on the pre-marked drill bit according to the material thickness.
- Clamp the jig on to the board with the stop tab resting against the side of the material
- Drill the pocket holes.
When using the Kreg XL pocket hole jig, you want to use XL pocket hole screws to attach.
Kreg has also released XL outdoor/indoor screws –
- 2 ½″ XL pocket hole screws for use with 2×4 boards
- 4″ XL pocket hole screws for use with 4×4 boards
Note that you will have to use XL pocket hole screws for a strong joint. You cannot use regular pocket hole screws.
- The drill guides can be twisted and taken apart if needed.
- The material thickness tabs can be removed when using for furniture repair.
- There are screw recesses that can be used to screw the jig to the material if it is not possible to use clamps.
I am especially excited about the possibilities this jig opens up for being able to use pocket holes with 4×4 boards. I have always had to find my way around using 4×4 boards so I didn’t have to use pocket holes in them.
The Kreg Pocket Hole Jig XL is great for building outdoor furniture like tables and potting benches, planters, or even sheds and simple structures.
The Kreg Pocket Hole Jig XL or Kreg 920 is a great new addition to the pocket hole Jig lineup.
Not only does it make strong pocket hole joints, but it is also –
- Easy to use
- Versatile with the removable tabs and drill guides.
Kreg 90-degree Pocket Hole Driver
The Kreg 90-degree pocket hole driver is an adapter that attaches to your drill and helps you add pocket hole screws into hard-to-reach pocket holes.
If you have built with pocket holes, you know how frustrating it can be when you realize that the drill and the pocket hole driver are too large to reach that pocket hole you need to attach to.
This is the solution!
How it works
The package comes with the driver head and a short square drive bit.
- Add the driver bit to the head. It locks into the head tightly.
- Attach the driver head to your drill
- Use it to drive your pocket hole screw.
- To remove the driver bit from the head, simply pull the collar to disengage the bit and remove.
- Perfect to reach into tight spots.
- Easy to hold with one hand and control the drill with the other hand.
- Can be used with impact drivers
- Can also be used with pocket hole drill bits or any hex shank bits.
The main use of this is to reach into tight spaces and drive pocket hole screws.
However, it accepts any hex shank bit, and therefore, it can be used for much more than just driving pocket hole screws!
If you build with pocket hole screws, this is definitely a much-needed addition because you will inevitably find a need for this!
The driver works smoothly and twists around allowing you to hold the drill at any comfortable angle.
Kreg Drilling Guide
The Kreg Drilling guide is a handy little tool that helps you make straight and accurate holes using a drill without the need for a drill press.
How it works
There are two ways to use the Kreg Drilling Guide –
- drilling holes into edges of the board
- drilling holes into the surface of the board.
To drill holes into the edge of boards:
- Place the drill guide onto the edge of the board.
- Align the markings on the side to where you need the hole. The guide self centers on the thickness.
- Make the hole with the drill bit in the corresponding hole on the drill guide.
To drill holes on the surface of the board:
- Align the markings on the side and egde of the drill guide to the location of where you need the holes.
- Hold down the drill guide and drill the hole.
The anti-slip pad on the bottom helps keep the guide from moving for an accurate hole.
- The anti-slip pad on the bottom makes it easy to use on flat surfaces.
- Pre-notched to self-center for ½″ and ¾″ thickness boards
- Holes for commonly used sizes – ⅛″, 3/16″, ¼″, 5/16″, ⅜″ and ½″
- The Kreg drilling guide can be used anywhere you need to drill holes accurately and straight – which is pretty much every time you need to drill holes.
- I can also see it being used for dowel joinery and I am going to be trying that out very soon.
- Even if you have a drill press, this is a great addition to your toolbox for situations when the project won’t fit in your drill press.
If you do not have a drill press, you need this.
It is easy to use and line up. I especially like the notches that help set it up securely on ¾″ and ½″ material.
It works very accurately and makes clean holes without blowout.
Kreg Quick Flip
The Kreg Quick Flip is a new two-in-one tool that helps you drill a pilot hole, counterbore as well as drive-in pocket hole screws.
This little tool makes it possible to not only use pocket hole screws in pocket hole joinery but also simple joints.
How it works
It has a hex shank and can work with any drill.
- Use the drill end of the bit to make the counterbore for the screw
- Pull the gold collar forward to help switch from drill to driver bit.
- Use the sqauare driver bit to drive a pocket hole screw into place.
- The screw is countersunk and can be easily filled in with a ⅜″ dowel or wood putty.
- Adjustable pilot hole drilling depth
- Drills pilot hole and ⅜″ countersbore
- Easy to flip between the drill and driver bit.
This is great for making simple standard joints where you need to simply drive screws and hide them.
You don’t need to change out the bit or have two drills/drivers handy.
I think this is a great little tool for not just experience woodworkers but also for beginners. It is quick and easy to use and is great for simple joinery.
Plus, you can use just one drill/driver.
Kreg Cabinet Door Mounting Jig
The Kreg Cabinet Door Mounting Jig helps easily level, align, and mount doors on cabinets.
It is a much-needed addition to their hardware solutions lineup and joins the door hinge jig, hardware jig, and shelf pin jig.
I wish it existed when I attached all the doors to my kitchen cabinets. I had to make do with clamping a board, trying to level it and supporting the door. I still struggled with getting adjacent doors aligned.
The Cabinet Door Jig comes with the following parts –
- The cabinet door mounting jig
- The support arm
- 1/16″ shim
- ⅛″ shim
How it works
You will be amazed at how simply this jig works.
- Clamp the jig onto the cabinet frame.
- Attach the support arm to the jig by inserting the pegs into the holes of the jig. They lock into place.
You can pick the setting to use based on the overlay you want for your cabinet doors. Check manual for chart and details.
- Use the shims if needed.
- Rest the cabinet door on the support arm and attach.
- Pre-set overlay settings ranging from inset to 2″.
- Works with left and right-hand doors
- Works with face-frame and frameless cabinets
- Adjustable in ¼″ increments for the overlay
- Clamps easily in place
- 1/16″ and ⅛″ shims for more detailed adjustment
This is a tool I am VERY excited to have. It will make attaching doors to any project so much easier, faster, and more accurate.
If you build cabinets or furniture with doors, you should definitely look into adding it to your toolbox.
Kreg Shelf Pin Jig
The Kreg Shelf pin jig is used to make holes for shelves in cabinetry. This is a new and improved version of the older shelf pin jig model. It has many new features that make it simpler and more versatile to use.
It comes with
- Shelf pin jig itself
- A fence
- Indexing pin
- 5mm drill bit
- Hex wrench
- 4 shelf pins.
Kreg also has a ¼″ shelf pin jig available.
How it works
Depending on the style of the cabinet, you can use it with (for frameless cabinets) or without (for face frame cabinets) the fence.
- The fence simply snaps into place on either side of the jig (only if using on frameless cabinets).
- Use the fence to align the jig along the cabinet side. If you are using with face-frame cabinets, use the registeration marks inside to align the jig and clamp.
- Drill the first shelf pin hole
- Add the indexing pin to hold the jig in place.
- Make the remaining shelf pin holes.
- If you would like to make more holes, simply move the jig down so that the indexing pin goes into the last hole and make more shelf pin holes.
- The fence can be moved to either side depending on use.
- Can be used with frameless and face frame cabinets.
- Storage for bits and indexing pin on the back.
- Multiple shelf pin jigs can be joined together to make a longer jig if needed.
- Can be used for drilling pilot holes for euro style hinges.
- Can also be used as a support for mounting drawer slides
OId vs new model
The main difference between the older model of the shelf pin jig and the new model is the removable fence.
The removable fence makes it possible to use the jig with both face-frame and frameless cabinets.
The older model could only be used with frameless cabinets.
The addition of extra registration marks also helps make it possible to use this jig to mount euro-style hinges.
It is a very versatile jig. Apart from being able to make shelf pin holes, this jig can also be used to mount euro-style hinges and support drawer slides while attaching.
The new Kreg Shelf pin is definitely a huge step up from the original model. It is easy to use, very versatile, and can be used not just for shelf pin holes, but also for euro-style hinges and drawer slide installation.
Kreg Panel Carrier
The Kreg Panel Carrier helps carry plywood or large panels easily.
It is definitely a great addition to any workshop. It is going to make life so much easier when moving plywood. It is the one thing I dread the most – moving those large sheets myself.
Many times, I forget or am too lazy to wear my gloves and that leads to splinters.
How it works
Using the panel carrier is super easy.
- Clamp it onto the side of the panel.
- Lift up with the handle.
That is it!
You do have to lift it a certain way for it to work. I tried it on a large sheet of ¾″ plywood and it was surprisingly easy to carry. Didn’t feel heavy at all.
- Automatically clamps and adjusts to the material thickness (up to ¾″)
- Very well padded to help carry large heavy panels without fatigue
- Anti-slip coating on surfaces makes it non-slip.
It is extremely useful for carrying sheet goods in all types of situations –
- Transporting large panels from the store to your car and from the car to your workshop
- Moving panels around the workshop
The Kreg Panel Carrier works well to easily clamp and pick up the sheets of plywood. It is very comfortable to hold and makes the task very easy. If you don’t use gloves, it can also be a splinter-filled task.
The Panel Carrier makes it super easy to carry the large bulky panels so it can easily be done by a single person.
Kreg Multipurpose Project Blocks
Kreg Multipurpose Project Blocks are simple little powerful blocks that bEach package comes with 4 multipurpose blocks.
They are 1 ½″ thick and can be twisted to push out a retractable painter’s tip that can be used to support finishing projects as well.
How it works
If using as supports, simply place them on the work surface and place your board over it. The Anti-slip coating on both sides prevents the blocks and the boards from moving.
If using for finishing, twist at the tabs to reveal the painter’s points. Twisting back at the same tabs will retract the painter’s points.
- It has an Anti-slip coating on both sides making it possible to grip both the work surface and the project material.
- The 1 ½″ height is perfect for using it for various woodowrking tasks like routing, cutting and clamping.
- It have retractable painting points that are great for finishing projects
- They are hexagon in shape so they won’t roll
These multipurpose blocks are just that – can be used for various tasks. A few that come to minds are:
- Clamping a pocket hole jig on to a board.
These multipurpose blocks are easy to use and very versatile. I can see lots of applications for these in the workshop. They will definitely be used a lot.
That’s all the details on the newest Kreg tools.
I can’t choose a favorite. I think all of these will definitely be getting lots of use in the workshop in the future!
Which one of these is your favorite? Which one are you going to get first?