Saturday, 26 October 2013

Pocket holes: Why they make everyone an elitist, and you could have done it that way!

So I had a little free time today waiting for some snowflakes to glue-up, and I decided to do a little networking - internet social networking to be precise. I came across a "share" about an article relating to pocket holes. Reading the comments posted along with this share, I got the impression that people were mocking them. Now I'm not saying people were mocking pocket holes - that's just the impression I got reading the comments.

So this article; I'll put a link to it at the end, but for now, please bare with. Many times, On the social network scene and YouTube I've come across a lot of comments by people who seem to think that Pocket hole Joinery is not joinery, it's cheating. Along with their counterparts firmly defending the right to use them. It's a little like the whole biscuits argument I guess at the end of the day.

So what's your take? I kind of feel that both the Kreg jig (Yes i know there are other makes out there) and the biscuit jointer is a little like marmite. Love it or hate it? where do you fit?

Well let me know! comments below. Personally, I like pocket holes, I think they have their place, and I use them for speed, and where they are not seen. As to weather they are as strong as other joints, well, maybe - maybe not. but as with all other joints, I think they are strong enough if used sensibly. 

But wait, there's more. I didn't just want this to be yet another argument about joinery, yet another opportunity to let people say how much they think of this method of fixing two different pieces of wood together.

I started to think a little deeper.......

So you probably know I post videos to YouTube, hopefully you subscribe, and have noticed that I put a new show out on a  Tuesday, time permitting.No? well go check them out! as part of the video release I try to respond to comments made, and although this is not always possible, I do see a theme to some comments. Notably the "you could also have done it that way" comment.

Let me explain.

I, like most woodworkers have various tools, space, time and money. Also, weather we admit it or not, and although I like to experiment - we all like to work to our methods and limitations.

So lets look at joining two pieces of wood so they meet at right angle on each end. I can do a mortice and tenon - through, blind, haunched, wedged or pinned. I can screw them in a butt joint. I can nail them in a butt joint. I can half lap them. I can use a bridle, mitred, straight or dovetailed. I can put a sliding dovetail....I can use biscuits, dowels or pocket hole screws. Now I'll pick Mortice and tenon - for arguments sake, and let YOU work out how many ways you could actually cut the get the picture?

I guess in summery, you can use loads of methods, to cut loads of joints, with loads of tools for loads of applications.  I'd be interested to hear from you all, about how you cut your joints, and with what.

Here's that link that sparked it all off! enjoy.