An excellent option for furniture pieces or quick projects, pocket-hole joinery offers an alternative to glue joints. While the pocket-hole holds just as well as glue, it doesn’t seize when it gets wet and it doesn’t take at least eight hours to dry.

Simplifying the pocket-hole process, Kreg's Foreman pocket-hole machine creates pilot holes for pocket joinery in a single motion. Kreg says the Foreman, priced at $399, creates pocket holes twice as fast as a standard pocket-hole jig.

 The single-handle control simultaneously holds each board in place while driving an angled pocket hole from underneath the table.

At 14 x 23.5˝, the machine is large enough to stabilize long boards and panels. The aluminum top also makes it lightweight and easy to move around the shop or to and from jobsites, if you want to bring it along.

The machine works with materials from 1/2˝- to 1½˝-thick and it also features a moveable fence to adjust the distance for each pocket hole.

Three bit sizes are available. The Standard bit (3/8˝) is included with the tool, and the Micro and HD bits are available separately.

In addition to housing a motor and dust-collection outfeed, the table offers storage for additional bits, hardware, and all the old clamp-on pocket hole jigs you no longer have any use for.

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