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Blog entry by Kreg McMahon posted 02-04-2011 03:37 AM 1909 reads 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to video the making of how I make custom built ins which I usually make about 20 a year for customers in the charlotte NC area. I mainly knocked down the sheet goods at my shop along with preping for assembly such as holes for adjustable shelves, pocket holes, domonios slots for assembly etc.

Since I have to transport the pieces to the customers house and then assemble there in their garage. I have to set up a mini shop and festool comes in real handy for this. so enjoy the videos series.

this is number 1 of 10

-- atlanta

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#1 posted 02-04-2011 04:54 AM

Kreg, I would have loved to watch your video but you tube is a pain to watch because of constantly stopping and reloading.

-- Barry, Louisiana

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#2 posted 02-04-2011 06:21 AM

That’s easily fixed Barry – just stop the video and wait until it fully loads, then watch straight through.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#3 posted 02-04-2011 06:27 AM

Kreg, neat way of making the base cabinets. I don’t have a festool domino. Have you tried that with biscuits? I guess you still would have to take care to make the edges of the bottom shelf and the ledgers flush. But your way is a neat way to avoid screws showing in your sides.

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#4 posted 02-04-2011 06:47 PM

Very nice series of videos.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#5 posted 02-04-2011 07:25 PM

I enjoyed the videos. Very informative. I don’t have a domino, but I think a biscuit cutter would work fine.
Assembly on site is genius. I never thought of that. I sometimes strugle with trying to store completed cabinets at my shop. Thanks for sharing this.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#6 posted 02-05-2011 02:41 AM

Kreg. Enjoyed all of your videos. Great job.

-- Scott in Texas

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#7 posted 02-05-2011 03:52 AM

thank you all for your comments! have not tried the biscuts because they have to much play. the domonio is a mortise and tenon joint so it flushes front and back and side by side and works great.

emmett, thanks and yep I have not much storage either and that is why the festool system is great for carpenters like myself which allows you to have a portable shop at the job site.

where are you at in georgia? do you ever go to highland hardware?

-- atlanta

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