Kreg is coming out with a new custom Pocket-Hole plug cutter (KPCS) in the first part of November 2016. With this plug cutter you can cut pocket hole plugs out of the same wood your project is built from.
You can already buy custom plug cutters from other companies, but this official pocket-hole plug cutter from Kreg works right in the K3, K4, and K5 Kreg pocket hole cutting jigs. This enables you to use the same pocket-hole drilling setup you already have (dust free in the case of the K5) to make the matching plugs.
The plug cutting guide is made from impact-resistant glass-reinforced nylon and has hardened steel bushings. The cutting guide will work with the included standard plug cutting drill bit, as well as with the HD and Micro plug cutting bits that are sold separately.
The tip of the bit shears the wood fibers, and they have fluting to reduce friction and minimize the heat generated. The bits also have a stop collar to control the depth of cut, similar to pocket hole drill bits. All this contributes to better looking plugs and longer tool life.
The Kreg pocket-hole plug cutter is set to cost $70. If you pre-order it now from Peachtree Woodworking Supply, you can get free shipping and it should ship the week of November 7th, 2016.
List Price: $70
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Yes this post is a little late and we missed the $25 off pre-order deal at Peachtree, but I initially hadn’t planned about posting about this new Kreg custom plug cutter. Then I started thinking about why people plug pocket-holes.
I personally have never plugged a pocket-hole, because I either put them places where they will be hidden, or use them on shop fixtures where I don’t care. I’m not a fine joinery snob that thinks pocket holes shouldn’t be use in furniture, but I generally think that if you are going to put any kind of stress on the joint you probably should use a better method because a glued end grain joint won’t last.
But there are cases where I suppose plugged pocket holes make sense. Take our bedroom set that we purchased years ago. It uses pocket hole joinery on the headboard and foot board to hold the rails and stiles on the paneled field together. While the pocket holes are inconspicuous, they aren’t plugged. When I notice them making the bed, they bother me. It would have taken almost no added effort at the factory to put plugs in the holes.
So my question to the pocket hole users out there: Do you use pocket-holes in situations where you plug them? And do you buy plugs or make them yourself?