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Project by Ken Fitzpatrick posted 02-16-2012 12:24 AM 5098 views 22 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now that our shop is pretty much re-done, I figured it was time to start making all those little projects I have wanted over the years. This one is for my Kreg Jig. I think I got the plans off their site. As usual, I wasn’t satisfied with the size of the drawer so I doubled it from 2 1/2” to 5” high.

As you can see from picture 5, and 6 I wasn’t really satisfied with the inside of the drawer setup so I went ahead and put some dividers in as well as a little shelf for the drill bits and drivers.

As an unexpected plus, changing the drawer height raised the top just enough that I don’t have to lean over putting strain on my back. I bet you all know what I mean when you are working on something that is just a little too low and your back starts to act up. At the height I changed it to I can stand straight and drill my holes. The larger drawer gives me pleanty of room to store my extra clamps and what nots that seem to multiply when you buy accessories.

The wings on the bottom piece are meant as a means to clamp it to your work surface but I found that with the extra large drawer it is just heavy enough to sit and stay on its own. They recommend a hole for the drawer pull, but I think I’m going to add the same type of handle that the plans call for on the wings to lift and move it. It will keep sawdust out of the drawer as long as I remember to shut it before I drill.

Hope it gives someone an idea to organize their pocket screw jig tools. Next up I’m going to build a work center for my dovetail jig. It’s a lot like this project but a little more precise since you have a lot of threaded inserts to work with the different parts of the center. I’ll be sure to post so you can see how it comes out.

Thanks for looking. I love this site, it has inspired me in many ways to get things done and try new projects. Thanks for all the inspiration.

Ken

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge





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#1 posted 02-16-2012 12:35 AM

Ken;

Really nice build. I installed my Kreg jig on a 12” x 24” piece of 3/4” MDF with some 8” sections of Kreg Micro track on both sides for supporting wide boards.

Really like your drawer as a place to store drill bits and sq. drivers. Used to keep them on the jig but after picking it up several times and flipping the bits and drivers onto the floor I realize that I need a drawer.

You deeper drawer is an excellent idea. Thought that the Kreg drawer was a bit shallow.

I plan to steal your idea very soon.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#2 posted 02-16-2012 12:45 AM

Nice job, I’ll bet that drawer is working out great. This should serve you well for a very long time.

I will be making a very similar work center for my Kreg Master Kit.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 02-16-2012 03:17 AM

Very nice and very functional.

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#4 posted 02-16-2012 05:22 AM

Great idea, I may try something similar

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#5 posted 02-16-2012 06:18 AM

Organization just feels good. Nice build…..............

-- mike...............

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#6 posted 02-16-2012 08:53 AM

Well done! Should serve you well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 02-16-2012 09:04 AM

Ken how do you like the Kreg Micro?
I have a k3 Master system but haven’t yet pulled the trigger on a micro guide for it.
I am just trying to justify the 45 bucks for it.
Your drawer you built looks great, perfect for keeping everything in one place.
Thanks for sharing this project.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#8 posted 02-16-2012 02:30 PM

Great job!! I will be adding this to my to do list. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#9 posted 02-16-2012 08:07 PM

Ken, Looks very useful. I too like the idea of the larger drawer for storage of all those extra clamps. I only have mine screwed down to a board as well , may have to upgrade at some point.
Looking forward to the set up for the dovetail jig as that is something that I will need to build sometime this year as well.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#10 posted 02-16-2012 08:43 PM

Thanks for all the kind words. After looking at this again I realized I didn’t put a completely finished pic above and really not sure how to get this one up there but anyway here it is all dressed up and ready to work.

559dustdesigns: I actually purchased the micro jig for this project since I was making it out of 1/2” baltic birch. Worked real well just like the regular one. One lesson I did learn though is that if you put the hole on the inside and join at 90 degree edge the tip of the screw starts to come out on the outside just a little even when it is clamped. I know that the jig will move in the direction the screw is going if you don’t have it clamped real well, but I did and for some reason it did. I just turned the piece around and let the hole be on the outside to solve it.

CtL: I’m glad you will be watching for the dovetail work center that will keep my lazy butt motivated to finish it quickly.

The slides and stop are a must. The stop is also a support so you can place it whever you need along the slide for support when you put larger items in to drill. The drawer lock/sliding bolt is very necessary if you are going to hang it on the wall to keep your drawer from exiting at the wrong time.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#11 posted 02-16-2012 11:34 PM

Clearly you are someone who thinks outside the box. This version is sure to be picked up by Kreg tools. And a big thank you for posting your idea.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#12 posted 02-16-2012 11:46 PM

Thanks “Excel” but this is Kregs plan with my mod being a taller drawer with more separations. I think my original post says that. I think we all tend to customize other’s plans and that’s what makes the world go round. Anyway I’m happy it’s being received well.

Ken

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#13 posted 02-17-2012 04:05 AM

Better looking than the blue box

-- Grandpaj

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#14 posted 02-25-2012 03:55 AM

Nicely done!

-- Well, I'll be screwed, glued, and tattooed!

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#15 posted 03-06-2012 12:56 AM

Thanks Ken, this will go in my “bucket list”.
I have the kreg set-up, I just need to put it all together.
Pb.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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