Porter Cable’s new QUIKJIG TM system (model 560) is designed to make pocket hole joinery quicker and easier than ever. The QUIKJIG is a heavy-duty bench-top tool that includes a slew of revolutionary features, including an auto-adjusting depth and thickness gauge.
The QUIKJIG’s automatic depth adjustment is controlled by an innovative “feeler gauge” that self-adjusts when a board is placed in the tool. A user first sets a width stop, clamps a workpiece in the jig, and they’re ready to drill the pocket hole.
Several other new features ensure that woodworkers will fall in love the QUIKJIG rather quickly. Most appealing to me is its all-metal construction. Not that there’s anything terribly wrong with high impact plastic, but metal construction will always be more robust and durable. The QUIKJIG also features an extra tall casting to help support long workpieces, and has a 1-1/2 inch thick base that allows a 2×4 to be used for outrigger support of longer workpieces.
The QUIKJIG’s base is pre-drilled for easy mounting to a workbench, but it can also be clamped to portable work surfaces. A built-in clamp handle enables quick and repeatable clamping, even when dealing with material of varying thickness. It’s also equipped with a removable rear-mounted dust collection port that can be used with or without a vacuum for easy cleanup. Lastly, the jig has an on-board screw gauge that indicates which screw size you’re going to need.
The QUIKJIG system includes everything you need to get started right away: 6-inch square drive bit, 3-inch square drive bit, one drill bit, a drill bit depth collar, 6-inch clamp, hex key for the collar set screw and 100 starter screws.
The QUIKJIG is priced at around $230, and is now available at specialty woodworking dealers.