Tips & Tricks: Ergonomic pocket holes

Ergonomic pocket holes

I find drilling pocket holes at bench height awkward at best and literally a pain in the neck (and shoulder) with the pressure required for some harder species of wood. To combat this, I made a low horse upon which to mount my pocket hole setup. Screwed together from 1 × 4s, the 17" high surface holds the jig and its mounting board at a perfect height for pain-free operation. The 4˚ splay of the legs provides a stable stance while the 12 × 24" top serves as an ample surface to clamp to. When I’m not drilling pocket screws, I hang the jig on the wall and use the horse as an occasional seat and work platform. 

—Dan Martin,
Galena, Ohio
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