We’ve been playing around with some new pocket hole products and that reminded us we we’re slacking on posting our Kreg Deck Jig video we shot at the 2010 National Hardware Show. Kreg won a Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice award at the show for it, so it must be at least semi-decent. I’ve expressed my love for hidden deck fasteners in the past when I reviewed the Eb-Ty deck fastener system. Unlike relying on biscuit joiners as the Eb-Ty does, the Kreg Deck Jig promises to simplify installation for many types of solid decking (the hollow stuff won’t work with it, and it’s cheesy anyway). Who really like’s hollow stuff anyway (other than drug smugglers)?
Here’s the Kreg Deck Jig in Action at NHS:
From Kreg directly:
Works with a wide variety of decking materials.
For the best results, we recommend composite deck boards which prevent shrinking/swelling/splitting. Select a solid composite material with no machined grooves. Also works great with native softwoods such as Redwood and Cedar, along with certain Tropical Hardwoods like Ipe, Red Balau, and Ironwood. Works exclusively with 4/4 to 5/4 (3/4″ to 1-1/8″) stock. Not designed for use with 2x material including 2×4’s, 2x6s, 2x8s, etc.
Kreg Deck Screws were designed specifically for use with the Kreg Deck Jig™, although they can also be used as simple face-screws for a variety of outdoor projects. All Kreg Deck screws feature a KTX #1 Square Drive to reduce cam-out, a flat-bottom head which resists splitting, and a self-tapping tip which drills its own hole as it’s driven.
Deck Screws are available in two weather resistant finishes; Protec-Kote™ and Stainless. Protec-Kote™ screws feature three anti-corrosion layers which protect against rusting in a wide variety of decking applications. A good choice for a wide variety of decking applications, including ACQ treated lumber. For even more protection, choose Stainless. Kreg Stainless screws provide the best protection against corrosion in the long-term.
The one bummer I see with this is that’s it’s not compatible with 2x material, still the preferred dimension for many folks building decks. We used 2x on a recent project so we could bridge a wider span across beams installed for the decking. We’re not sure if Kreg has or will consider a version for 2x material, but we’d like to see it.
While probably worth it if you’re intrigued by this kind of simple fastening setup, the kit seems slightly spendy to us. However, I’m all for any tool that makes for a more beautiful (and probably longer lasting) deck. You can find the KREG Deck Jig for just shy of a Benjamin on Amazon. Or, you can find the Kreg Deck Jig via our sponsor Rockler.