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Project by The Box Whisperer posted 02-23-2013 05:48 PM 5825 views 36 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I first used a portable kreg pocket hole jig, I knew it was for me. But with the type of work I was using it for (repeat), I knew I had to go with a bench mounted setup. As I always do, I looked at every kreg setup on here (THANKS GUYS!!!), took the ideas I liked, came up with a few of my own and went to work.

I really like the way a lot of the guys on here incorperated storage, but I really wanted something to sit flush with my bench. My shop is small, so I have to use every bit of it as efficiently as possible. Then it occured to me that I could have everything flush with the bench, and get the storage, if the storage was inside the bench itself.

The movable MDF tabs for custom storage was stolen from here. It holds all my kreg and pocket hole stuff, while the lid hangs nicely on a french cleat. Once Ive got what I need, I throw the top back on, it sits flush with the kreg jig and Im good to go. The top is 3/4 birch ply, the innards are pine and MDF. Very simple setup, very useful for me.

One tip Id give to anyone using a bench mounted kreg, would be to say that as great as it works, it works much better with proper dust/chip collection in place.

Any and all feedback is welcome.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil





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Marcus

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#1 posted 02-23-2013 08:09 PM

Just so you know, I’m stealing this idea. Great work.

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The Box Whisperer

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#2 posted 02-23-2013 08:41 PM

I take it as a compliment, and the ideas Ive used that were stolen are meant as compliments to the people that came up with them. Thanks very much, and please post yours when its done. Maybe youll come up with some things I didnt, and Ill upgrade mine.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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glen

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#3 posted 02-23-2013 10:08 PM

That’s a great idea man! My space is limited too (a small just-barely 1 car garage that I share with 2 motorcycles) – I too may have to steal this idea. Thanks for posting!

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kajunkraft

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#4 posted 02-24-2013 01:38 AM

I think your plan is really great. So, don’t take this as a knock! Isn’t your dust collection piece on upside down? And so the knurled retainer is not holding the center part in place?

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staryder

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#5 posted 02-24-2013 02:42 AM

Very nice setup Thanks for sharing….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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The Box Whisperer

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#6 posted 02-24-2013 03:19 AM

Honestly I didnt see the difference one way or another, Ill take another look in the morning. No knock at all, I appreciate the tip.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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davidroberts

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#7 posted 02-24-2013 08:12 AM

Yes, the half circle divot on the dust collection piece should be on top and the port should point to the left. This is somewhat of a hassle for me because the electrical plug for the little shop vac I use in this process is on the right side of my bench. Great looking setup. The clamp storage is a very good idea. I’ve got a plan for some magazine, but not completely happy with it. I need to check out others on LJs.

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

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JJones98042

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#8 posted 02-24-2013 10:23 AM

Very nicely done! I need to make something very similar for mine. Thanks for sharing! :)

-- "Keep thy airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee." - William Kershner

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thelt

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#9 posted 02-24-2013 10:52 AM

True to form, I’m stealing your idea. LOL. I love it. This is what I’ve been looking for. Now to come up with an idea for an assembly table with a track around the outside for the right angle clamp.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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The Box Whisperer

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#10 posted 02-24-2013 10:57 AM

David, does it make a difference in how the unit functions? THanks everyone for the kind words, honored to hit no. 2 on the top 15.

thelt, please post your table when done, Ive been thinking about a clamp assembly table, something with the clamping of a kreg table, the ability to use it to laminate wide boards and maybe fold up like a workmate.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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The Box Whisperer

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#11 posted 02-24-2013 05:01 PM

Wow, over 1000 views and the number 1 spot. I am truly humbled. I feel as though my skills are on the lower end compared to most on here. Thank you all for the views and the feedback.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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davidroberts

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#12 posted 03-11-2013 06:06 AM

Box Whisperer – sorry I’ve been away and could not respond. I’ve only installed the chip collector with the exhaust to the left, so I can’t say if left or right makes a difference. You want the exhaust close to the bottom because that is where the chips fall out of the pilot holes. The thing is, in my haste to rig the beast up and get to work, I’ve inadvertently placed the divot in the down position, but the jig let me know that was not a good fit. I’d fettle with it for a minute then realizr, doh, it’s upside down. The brass knurled screw holds it tight in place. IIRC the chip collector would not stay on my jig in the downward psition, or at least there is a gap of an 1/8 to 1/4 inch.

Either way, I think you are ahead of the pack with your setup. I think LJer’s really like to see and appreciate a well-made jig, or other efficient shopmade implement, as much as a well-made piece of furniture, box, turning, etc.

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

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The Box Whisperer

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#13 posted 03-11-2013 12:34 PM

David, thanks for the reply, Ive looked at mine a couple of times since you mentioned it, and the only advantage as I can see, is as you said, the brass things helps keep it on. Mine hasnt fallen off once after several hours of use. I also really need it to port to the right because thats where my DC setup is. So for now, I think Ill leave it be but thank you I do appreciate the tip and the kind words!

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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