32 – Extreme Pocket Screw Strength Test


WARNING: DO NOT BUILD A RAMP LIKE THIS THINKING YOU CAN DRIVE YOUR CAR ON IT AND THEN THINK YOU CAN GET UNDERNEATH YOUR CAR. YOU CANNOT. I BUILT THIS RAMP FOR DEMONSTRATION PURPOSES ONLY. IT WILL NEVER BE USED AS A CAR RAMP, FOR PURPOSES OF WORKING UDNERNEATH A CAR.


I get a lot of emails every time I do a video that uses pocket screws. Most of them are people telling me that they aren’t strong enough for this or that. So, I decided to put together a little test to see just how strong a pocket screw joint really is.

I think many will be surprised by just what a properly done pocket screw joint can accomplish.

Now, I’m not advocating abandoning traditional joinery like dovetails or mortise & tenons. On the contrary. I love those joints. I am only suggesting that a pocket screw joint does have it’s place in woodworking, and that it can be strong.

There are many projects that we build as woodworkers that are utilitarian in nature. We make a table for a work surface. Or a storage cabinet, or even an outdoor bench. These items do not necessarily need the beauty of a finely crafted dovetail joint. They need to be strong, and they need to be functional. And if they are easy, then that’s just a bonus.

Now, I would never use a pocket screw in an exotic wood jewelry box that I make for one of my daughters. That is a place for me to show off my joinery, and hopefully create an heirloom piece to last for generations. So don’t go thinking I’ve gone crazy and want to give up my hard learned woodworking skills. I just want to be able to complete a project that is mostly functional, with a minimum amount of time and a maximum amount of strength.

By the way, I am not now, nor have I ever been sponsored by Kreg, or any other pocket hole jig company. I’m just a fan of using this joinery for certain things, and I wanted to share it, and show you how strong it can be.


Items used in this video

Kreg K5 Pocket hole system basic
Kreg K5 Master system with screw kit & clamp set (the way I bought it.

Kreg screws for 2 x lumber
Kreg screws for 3/4″ plywood or softwood
Kreg screws for 3/4″ hardwood

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