Why aren't all pocket hole jigs made like this? This of course is a very rough prototype but I hope you like the concept. I'd love to hear your feedback!
I've had this idea for a quite a while now. It stemmed from my video tip of "How to hide a screw".
This tip basically involves using a chisel to bevel up a small section of wood, adding your screw underneath and then gluing the bevelled up wood back down to give a perfect grain and a hidden screw. I started to think of other applications for this tip as it proved really popular and people found it very useful. From this I turned my attention to pocket hole jigs. Was there a way to hide pocket hole screws in this way. I think I have the solution.
My very rough prototype is a basic wooden block plane I bought from Amazon. It has one slight alteration. I drilled a pocket hole screw guide hole into the back of it.
So the idea is to use the block plane to bevel up a section of the wood.
Clamp it in place to stop it from moving.
With it clamped in place you can go ahead and drill your pocket hole.
The clamp and jig can then be removed.
You can then secure your screw in place. This works exactly the same as any other pocket hole screw joinery.
To prevent there just being a hollow hole beneath the wood I think its a good idea to add a plug that is already available to buy along with the pocket hole screws. Adding wood glue as you would normally secures it in place.
The bevelled up piece of wood can then be folded down and glued in place. This completely hides the screw and gives a perfect grain match.
I think it would be simple to add blade like a block plane to existing pocket hole jigs. It would also be a simple addition to existing block planes to add a pocket hole jig to its body. I'd love to hear your feedback on this idea. What do you think?