Iowa Patent of the Month – May 2021

When joining two pieces of wood (like for a cabinet) it’s common to use pocket holes with a fastener. The joint fastener is inserted at an angle through the edge of one workpiece into the other. connects and holds the two pieces together. Pocket hole jigs are used to hold workpieces in place while drilling the pocket hole. These jigs are normally made of rigid material like plastic or metal which helps it to last longer. However, if it is too rigid, there is less friction which means the workpiece might move around during production. Kreg Enterprises has developed an improved jig with a grip layer to help make production more reliable and accurate.

This new jig system is still made of rigid material, but includes a grip layer made of softer, textured material. The grip layer increases the friction, helping to hold the workpiece in place better. This improved friction reduces the clamping pressure needed to properly guide assembly which helps to prevent damage from too much pressure. By improving the friction between the jig and workpiece, the drill can more accurately create a pocket hole, and more precisely join the two pieces together. The gripped surface is a simple way to reduce the errors and waste in manufacturing.

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