Old Methane Gas Cloud
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Huntington Beach, California
Let me toss in thirty cents here.
Generally speaking, pocket screws seem to be equated with Ikea or knock down furniture. Right or wrong that's the way it is.
Pocket screws are incredibly convenient as they are self drilling and a very good clamping device.
For face frames the pocket screw is an excellent construction technique. The face frame is secured to the carcass with little chance of separation.
When pocket screws are used in chairs or tables (Ikea) there are strengthening dowels that are not usually glued. The dowels prevent twisting and racking. (Woodworkers will use glue when assembling these Ikea type projects.)
Around the shop, pocket screws are great for fixtures although most uses are straight in and not in the typical "pocket". The pocket screw drill bit is used to drill the hole to sink the washer head screw below the surface.
Pocket screw joinery has it's places but generally speaking you probably wont find pocket holes in high end solid wood furniture or cabinets.
Use the right tool for the job.
Rich (Tilting right)
Huntington Beach, California
Remember that when we have the "BIG ONE" everything east of the Rockies falls into the ocean.