I know this Kreg Jig has been out for a while already, but it is worth a mention here because it is still the best one available. This thing is packed with features:
- Front-mounted clamp handle makes clamping easy
- Ratcheting clamp mechanism adjusts without tools
- Quick-release pin holds drill block in place
- Storage wings provide built-in storage for bits and accessories
- Stop-collar setting block makes drill bit setup easy
- Swiveling dust collection port accepts standard 11/4″ vacuum hose
- Adjustable workpiece stop mounts on either side for easy repeat drilling
- Comes fully assembled—ready to set up and use
It looks to me that Kreg is very responsive to consumer feedback because I imagine that most of these feature upgrades came from buyer comments.
Here’s the description straight from their site:
The Most Advanced Kreg Jig® Yet.
The Kreg Jig® K5 incorporates the best features of every Kreg Jig® that came before with upgrades you’ve never seen. That starts with a clamping mechanism that you can adjust without tools or adjusting nuts to match your workpiece thickness. Just slide the clamp into place, “click” the large front-mounted clamp handle, and your jig is set to hold your workpiece tight every time. Plus, you’ll find large support wings to hold your workpiece steady—and they have storage compartments inside. Add in a batch of other great features, like a standard swiveling dust collection port, spring-loaded stop for the drill guide block, and, of course, the ability to remove the guide block for portable use, and you have, quite simply, the most advanced Kreg Jig® yet.
Fast, Simple Setup
When you’re ready to create Kreg Joints, the Kreg Jig® K5 makes it simple. Just select your screw based on thickness of your wood, set the stop collar using the drill bit setup block, pull the spring-loaded pin to adjust the drill guide block, and then set the workpiece clamp. Simply slide the clamping mechanism, pull up on the handle, and then push it back down.
Easy Thickness Adjustment
The Kreg Jig® K5 offers our simplest workpiece clamping system ever. The ratcheting clamp simply slides into place against your workpiece. Then, you lift the handle until you hear and feel two “clicks”, and that’s it. Now your clamp is set until you change to a different thickness.
Support, Plus Onboard Storage
Two large support wings can be attached quickly and easily to the sides of the base. This way, long workpieces get solid footing and won’t tip. Plus, there’s a large storage compartment under the lid in each wing where you can keep your Kreg bits, screws, and accessories close at hand, but out of the way.
Swiveling Dust Collection Port
The Kreg Jig® K5 comes with a detachable dust port that swivels from side to side so that you can position it exactly where you want it, and then attach it to a standard 11/4″ vacuum hose. This keeps your work area free of chips and debris, makes drilling easier, and prolongs drill bit life by reducing heat.