Kreg 'helper' - quick & simple add on

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Project by Jerry posted 03-04-2013 01:10 AM 4950 views 31 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was having trouble with longer boards tipping. I either needed a third hand….or a ‘helper’. Like most of you, I really enjoy my jigs. I added a base to the Kreg jig that will clamp into my vise and then a frame that wraps around the jig for support with wings that hold my work piece evenly without tipping. The fact that it wraps around keeps it from moving when you are setting up. There are two seperate pieces so it’s not so bulky for the small/quick projects. I have come to the realization that I like working ON my shop more than I enjoy working IN it. With that said, I hope this gives someone an idea to use or improve upon or both.
Thanks for looking!!!

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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#1 posted 03-04-2013 01:12 AM

That works!!!! Great idea Jerry

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#2 posted 03-04-2013 01:25 AM

Nice! I’ve been wondering how I’m going to mount my jig, and you’ve given me some ideas.

-- Don

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#3 posted 03-04-2013 01:31 AM

great idea…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 03-04-2013 02:58 AM

Just the idea I was looking for

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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#5 posted 03-04-2013 12:00 PM

Nice one, I like the long wings, perfect for bigger projects. To the others thinking of adding a base, I found that it made it that much easier to use. Dont forget the DC.

Jerry nice work and keep posting.

-- "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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#6 posted 03-04-2013 03:23 PM

Thanks for the idea, I could have used one of these last weekend!

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#7 posted 03-04-2013 03:32 PM

that’s really nice. sometimes i seem to work more on the shop than actually making anything. really nice idea

-- WRIGHTLY (Bristol, TN)

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#8 posted 03-04-2013 03:50 PM

I have made something similar, and it really helps.
I like the one you made as well.

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#9 posted 03-04-2013 05:41 PM

Thanks for all of the kind words. The simplest idea is usually the most useful. Which is a good thing for someone like me!!!

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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#10 posted 03-04-2013 05:59 PM

Great job! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

I built a similar temporary jig, that is just to big & heavy. This lightens the load and makes setup & storage easier.

I WILL respectfully plagiarized your jig!!!

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

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#11 posted 03-04-2013 06:29 PM

Looks really nice.
I made mine so I can clamp it to the workbench and then hang it on the wall when not in use. Drill bits and hex key is kept in a plastic fishing tackle tray screwed to the jig.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#12 posted 03-04-2013 10:11 PM

I just added a pic of my wood shop. I have done the same thing with the jig base. It hangs on the wall and all of the tools are in my Kreg Boxx with the screw assortment. Great minds think alike…. and apparently, we do to!!! LOL

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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#13 posted 03-05-2013 12:06 AM

looks good. I like the wings for longer pieces.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#14 posted 03-05-2013 12:51 AM

What a great idea. Much better than the way I have been doing. Thanks!

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#15 posted 03-08-2013 10:22 PM

Great idea, well executed. I love Kreg anything….
I think I have that same roller unit, is it the 6 foot one? Can you PM me a photo of the mods you made to it?
That looks awesome.

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