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Project by iamcliff posted 02-02-2013 11:29 PM 8787 views 16 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had enough cash given to me for Christmas that I decided to get a Kreg Jig. I had seen some people put them on a base and decided I wanted to do that as well. After looking at a few on Lumberjocks I decided on a simple one with added support for longer pieces.

The base of the Kreg jig is 1”, but I didn’t have anything that would fit. All I had that was more than an inch thick was this scrap wood:

I just had to figure out how I was going to get straight, square 1” pieces out of this. I don’t have a planer or jointer or anything, so I decided to try to mill it down on the tablesaw. I just ran one side against the fence, then flipped it over and ran the other side. I just kept doing this until I ended up with as straight and a square board as I could. I guess it worked OK. I ended up with these 2 pieces for the supports:

I used a $3 Christmas tree plywood base from Home Depot, cut it to size, and screwed the jig to it after putting a small chamfer around the whole top to break the edges:

I was going to screw the supports down, but broke the bit I was using to pre-drill, so I just glued them:

I want to add on a small drawer for storing the drill bits and such for the Kreg jig, but I don’t have any wood to do that with yet. Maybe later.

If you’re not looking for anything fancy, this is super simple to make. I only used half of the Christmas tree base, so cost for this simple project was a buck fifty.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9





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Scott Oldre

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#1 posted 02-02-2013 11:38 PM

Lots of free wood out there, and a lot of it is great wood. Just look for pallets with hardwood. joint them, glue them and you can do anything you need to. You can joint them on a table saw with a jig made of a straight piece of ply.

I’m still not sold on Kreg jigs yet, but haven’t had a lot of need for them either.

Scott

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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bullhead1

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#2 posted 02-03-2013 12:38 AM

You will get a lot of use out of that. I use mine all the time. Mine is similar but I put some door handles on the ends to to lift it.

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MT_Stringer

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#3 posted 02-03-2013 01:46 AM

Do like I did, Chris. Raid the tackle box. :-)

Drill a hole and hang it on the wall when not in use.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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iamcliff

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#4 posted 02-03-2013 01:55 AM

MT: great idea! I also like the ruler. Thanks for the tip!

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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Brandon

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#5 posted 02-03-2013 05:04 AM

That looks almost exactly like the one I built. It really makes using the jig much easier.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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cutworm

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#6 posted 02-03-2013 04:27 PM

Nice work. Very useful.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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davidroberts

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#7 posted 02-03-2013 07:18 PM

I scraped together something similar when I first got the Kreg pockethole jig. The fence is a must have for working with longer stock. Lately I’ve seen a couple of really nice shopmade platform-fence-toolbox-all in one type contraptions that I would like to build. I think Kreg sells one for way more than I want to pay. Kreg’s may not have the fence. I don’t remember.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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RalphCompton

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#8 posted 02-03-2013 11:37 PM

Nice. I really like the simplicity.

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