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Project by Matt in Franklin posted 02-16-2014 01:17 PM 2666 views 20 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the last couple days, in an attempt to use up the growing pile of scrap and cutoffs in my garage workshop, I decided to make a few shop tools.

This Kreg Jig organizer is my second of such projects. I call it franken-box because it is made up of so many different plywood cutoffs. The dimensions of the “box” are 20” wide by 12” deep by 5” high. The inside storage area is 2.5” high. The base and the lid are made out of 3/4” oak ply, the platform on either side of the Kreg jig are made of 1/2” sand ply and 1/2” oak ply laminated together and screwed to the lid from underneath for a nice flat reference surface. The dividers inside are 1/2” ply. The base has “wings” that are 2” for clamping to the bench. I also drilled a 1/2” hole in one wing so that I could hang it when not in use, although when this thing is loaded down with parts and screws it is pretty heavy (maybe 15-20 lbs). Ironically I didn’t use pocket hole joinery (I used glue and brad nails).

I think I’ll give the surfaces a quick wipe of poly for a little protection and call it complete.

Also, my only expense was that I spent $6 on a couple hinges and latches.

-- I'm just a simple caveman





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#1 posted 02-16-2014 02:28 PM

Nice job Matt. I assume you do not need my dimensions now. :-)
Sorry, I work out of town and have not even been into my shop for two weeks now.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#2 posted 02-16-2014 05:03 PM

That looks great! I need one and your design looks very organized.

-- Tommy

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#3 posted 02-16-2014 05:12 PM

Great job. Tool organization is one of my obsessions. Nothing worse than looking for a tool, running out to buy a replacement, and finding the old one two days later Not where you thought you stored it….GRRRRR

-- Ed G., Hillsboro, Oregon, U.S.A.

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Matt in Franklin

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#4 posted 02-16-2014 05:46 PM

Scott, I finally found some dimensions for it on the web.

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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#5 posted 02-16-2014 06:50 PM

Now that’s a good idea. I like keeping a good supplies of the screws with the parts needed to use the Kreg jig.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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easiersaidthandone

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#6 posted 02-17-2014 12:32 AM

You should put a block the same height as the kreg jig on both sides. This would help stabilize longer workpieces.

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Matt in Franklin

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#7 posted 02-17-2014 01:12 AM

I think that the shadows and the angle of the shot may be confusing. I actually built the two platforms on either side of the jig to be even with the jig.

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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#8 posted 02-17-2014 02:57 AM

I really want to build one of these but I have the kreg tool box too.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#9 posted 02-17-2014 03:36 AM

I am trying to learn more about pocket hole joinery, and am certainly in the early stages of education. These Kreg jigs seem well-liked, and I intend to get one soon.

I really like the idea of this box – however: Could some of you tell me how this box is used as part of the jig application?

I realize the storage benefits, but it seems to me that the intent here is to simplify the whole jig setup and use. Is that right? I may be getting confused by the talk about the two platforms on either side of the jig. I guess i cannot quite identify where there is a platform on that box top.

Thanks for any replies.
Jim

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Matt in Franklin

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#10 posted 02-17-2014 12:57 PM

Jim, the base is meant to be fastened to something (using screws or clamps). They suggest using your workbench. However mounting it to a box will allow for more mobility. Also by building up the top of the box around the jig (up to the height of the jig, you create support platforms for larger work pieces for stability. I have 8 1/2” on either side and the total width of the top including the jig is 20”. That allows me to handle some pretty large boards.

Also, the drilling guide itself detaches (by using the set screw on the front of the jig) and you can take the guide and clamp it to a work piece that is too large to lift onto the jig (like full size sheet goods) or use it on an already partially built piece (like cabinets).

And as you have already recognized, the underlying box/organizer allows me to keep all my kreg-specific components and fasteners in one place.

Hope my explanation clears things up for you because the kreg jig really is a very handy tool for fastening things when you dont want to use fancier joinery.

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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jimintx

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#11 posted 02-17-2014 02:42 PM

Yes, Matt, that is a good explanation, and I thank you.

Later last night, I ran across the new number 5 version of the Kreg jig, and I see that it comes with “wing” supports. I think i like the box idea better, but seeing that no. 5 version, and re-reading your explanation in the comments, made me realize what you had done. I like that approach a lot. If it is possible to add one, I would love to see a picture from the back, or the hinge side view, of your box.
In any even, I will certainly add this to my list of things to build for use in building things.

.

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WebErika

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#12 posted 03-20-2014 03:59 PM

This is awesome! Now I have another project for my scrap wood. I really need to clean up a bunch that I have and it makes me cringe to just throw out pieces of wood that are bigger than 6 inches in length … LOL!

This would be perfect to store all my Kreg supplies in.

-- Have a happy day!

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