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Pocket Screw Workstation

By: Erich Lage
This workstation keeps all the things you need for pocket screw joinery close at hand.

Pocket screws are hard to beat when you want a strong, accurate joint, and you want it quickly. Whenever I find myself using pocket screws, I usually use a lot of them. So to make my pocket hole jig even more efficient, I decided to make the workstation shown here. The workstation brings the pocket-hole jig to a more comfortable working height. And the large wings on each side of the jig offer plenty of support for long workpieces, even when you’re drilling near the end of the workpiece. 08 04 3

Built-in storage.

Another handy thing about this station is the set of plastic storage cases that are housed in a compartment below the worksurface. These cases keep drill bits, pocket screws, plugs, and all the necessary accessories within reach while working. 08 04 5

Construction.

The majority of the workstation is made of plywood and is held together with pocket screws, of course. A wide base allows you to clamp it to the workbench when it’s in use. The sides are connected to a subtop that has spacer strips attached. The spacer strips raise the top so that it’s flush with the pocket hole jig. The support wings get attached to the subtop through these strips. A set of cleats in the front and back of the base keep the storage cases in place. 08 04 7

Portability.

Finally, the entire workstation can easily be carried to the bench using the hand holes. Simply clamp the station to your bench to use it. When you’re done, pack everything back into the storage cases and slide them back in place. A pair of holes in the base allows you to hang it wherever you have room in your shop. 08 04 1

Published: Aug. 4, 2022
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