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Blog entry by David posted 05-04-2007 09:05 AM 23250 reads 2 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, things have been busy at home and at work. I finally got back in the shop today to work on a cherry display shelf for some close friends in Central Oregon. I am using my Kreg Pocket Screw Jig for the joinery. I thought it would be fun to share my day with a small video. Hope you can bear with me as I show you this remarkable jig. I also have a Kreg Foreman, a semi-automatic production machine, but thought the small portable jig would be best for this project.

I use this jig a lot in my shop. I even used it to build a cedar fence.

You might want to check out one of my earlier posts, a small bedside footstool made out of alder with a cherry glaze. The construction was frame and panel with pocket screws.

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KREG COMPANY DEMO VIDEO
A blog update thanks to Dick Cain!


Setting stock in drilling jig


Drilling pocket hole screws


Completed case rail with pocket holes


Close-up of completed case rail with pocket screws


Example of a pocket screw joint

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com



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Greg3G

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#1 posted 05-04-2007 02:40 PM

great video and pictures. I bought the master system some time ago when it was on sale. I haven’t used it yet. I was wondering just how strong the joints were compaired to a mortice and tenon joint. Any comments on the finished joints. How well does it withstand racking? I was thinking of using it to face frame some cabinets I am planning on building and I am concerned on keeping the frame square and what the weight of the doors will do to the frame.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 05-04-2007 03:19 PM

A great video David, it puts my crude sub-ameteur videos to shame.

I’ve had the Rocket model for quite awhile now. At the time I bought mine ,they didn’t have all those fancy clamping jigs, but I’ve gotten a lot of use from what I have. You sure go through a lot of screws with this outfit. I found the best deal on screws is from Grizzly.

Greg,
I’ve found that this system is ideal for face frame construction, & its quick. It’s pretty strong, & besides that the face frame is also fastened to the cabinet, for added strength.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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gizmodyne

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#3 posted 05-04-2007 03:52 PM

Great start David. I am glad to see more video.

Greg the pocket screws are fine for the face frames. Once you build them and they are attached to a cabinet… they are not going anywhere. The cabinet will be doing most of your supporting then. I have built large screen doors with them.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Greg3G

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#4 posted 05-04-2007 03:56 PM

Dick, Thanks for the tip on using Grizzly as a sourse of screws. I keep forgetting about them when I order for other projects. I think I may use it build a moble cabinet first and get familiar with it on that before I try and build an 8’ to 10’ bank of cabinets.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#5 posted 05-04-2007 04:15 PM

Great Post David. As a point of reference, I used pocket jointery to build a couple of gates in the yard a few years back and both are holding up well.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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David

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#6 posted 05-04-2007 04:42 PM

Thanks for the kind words! I really like the Kreg system. The joints are quick and easy to make and very strong. It is perfect for face frames. You do have to make sure your stock is perfectly square as the screws act like mini clamps and exert a lot of force.

Greg – I initially bought the Master Pro System. I used it so much, that when a Kreg Foreman came up for sale from a local cabinet shop on Craigs List, I could not resist. Once you start using it you will be hooked! You might want to check out the small bedside footstool that I made out of alder with a cherry glaze. The construction was frame and panel with pocket screws.

Kreg also makes a series of pocket hole plugs from different species of wood and plastic to cover the holes. I only use this system if I can conceal the holes within the construction of the piece I am building.

Dick is right, you do go through a lot of screws with this system – 2 or more per joint!
Another great source of screws is McFeelys

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 05-04-2007 05:10 PM

Hi,
I just got a newsletter from Rockler, & you can view a video of its latest model.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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David

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#8 posted 05-04-2007 05:18 PM

Dick -

Thanks! I updated the blog entry with your link. This is the same model I have.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 05-04-2007 05:25 PM

David-
Thank you, for the credit !

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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David

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#10 posted 05-04-2007 05:27 PM

Dick -

LOL! I look to you and a number of other Lumberjocks as mentors that I have never met. I always enjoy your advice and comments!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Phil Brown

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#11 posted 05-04-2007 06:04 PM

I bought a Kreg pocket hole jig at a woodworking show years ago and use it daily. The screws were hard to find in those days. Usually I drove in to Lee valley and got them, but now local hardware stores have them and their brands work well. I bought pocket hole project videos at the time and still chuck them in the VCR once in a while for posterity.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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David

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#12 posted 05-04-2007 06:13 PM

Phil -

Thanks! I like watching the videos and DVDs as well. My kids always like to say “My Dad fell asleep watching a woodworking video”. Are there any other videos worth watching?

:-)

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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#13 posted 05-04-2007 06:57 PM

very nice and most helpful.
Now, I’m a little curious about the gluing process!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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David

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#14 posted 05-04-2007 07:33 PM

Debbie -

I am excited that I finally get to answer a question for you! What can I explain for you about the gluing process?

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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WayneC

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#15 posted 05-04-2007 08:12 PM

Amazon.com has a good screw assortment. May not be the cheapest option compared to grizzley and some of the others.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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