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Location: Lumberton, TX

I'm 37 with a wife and 2 kids. I became interested in woodworking out of the necessity as a teenager to build speaker boxes that would shake the daylights out of my Chevy S10 blazer. Now I'm just content with building an occasional bookshelf or project that piques my interest. I've grown into being a DIY'er. I'm always thinking to myself on how i could make something better, more efficient, or somehow improve on a design. My hobby used to be computers, but I turned that into my profession so now my interests are woodworking, golf, fantasy football, guitar, and Dave Ramsey financial principles. I know, I'm all over the place and have too many interests, but thats me.

-- -- Darren, Lumberton, TX

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#1 posted 07-16-2008 03:52 AM

I just bought a new kraig pocket hole jig setup and I’m having a problem. The first project that I attempted was to build a face-frame for a cabinet using some hard maple. I must be doing something wrong because the drill gets way too hot, smoke starts coming out of the jig and so on. So I varied some things, tried removing the drill and blowing the jig out frequently with an air compressor. I eventually had to resort to cooling the bit in water every so often. I also slowed the speed of the drill down, but that made the process much more time consuming. I’ve done several internet searches and haven’t found anyone with this issue so I thought i would post it and see if anyone else has had this problem and can offer any ideas.

-- -- Darren, Lumberton, TX

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#2 posted 07-16-2008 03:54 AM

Hello Darren,

Welcome to LJs. I hope that you will find this to be an exciting and rewarding part of your woodworking adventure.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 07-16-2008 04:01 AM


Your question will get more read more if you post it as a forum topic.

I have a Kreg set-up that is about 5 years old and have never had any problems with it. To me it sounds as if your bit is dull and should be either sharpened or replaced. Since you bought it new I would talk to the seller about replacing the drill bit. Or if you can’t get any help from them contact Kreg and see if they will replace the bit. The guide comes with a lifetime warranty and Kreg does have a 30 day complete satisfaction guarantee.

Hope this helps.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 07-16-2008 04:10 AM

Thanks Scott…Ah ha, not only do we have forum posting ability, but also ability to post comments to homepages much like a myspace for woodworkers. It takes me a while, but I catch on eventually.

-- -- Darren, Lumberton, TX

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#5 posted 07-16-2008 04:16 AM

Welcome to LJ’s.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#6 posted 07-16-2008 01:34 PM

Welcome to LJs!! Glad you have joined us!!

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#7 posted 07-16-2008 02:00 PM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#8 posted 07-16-2008 06:28 PM

Glad to see that you have made Lumberjocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#9 posted 07-17-2008 03:46 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Darren. This is a great community of people with like interests.There is much to learn here & you will have the opportunity to share your skills & ideas with others. I hope you enjoy LJ’s as much as I do.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 07-17-2008 04:25 AM

If you like working with wood, you’re in the right place. Welcome.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#11 posted 07-17-2008 04:36 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 07-17-2008 11:04 PM

Welcome to lumberjocks. I hope you take advantage of all the possibilities LJ’s offers.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#13 posted 07-18-2008 08:49 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks .

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#14 posted 07-22-2008 11:37 PM

Welcome a-board fellow Texan. Enjoy the site.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#15 posted 07-11-2009 08:52 AM

Congratulations on your upcoming 1st anniversary as a Lumber Jock! Thanks for helping make this site a great place to be!

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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