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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 01-14-2012 01:43 AM

Thanks for the input. I use a variety of joinery methods (including dowels, M&T, etc), depending on what I am building. Like I said in my orignial post, I use pocket screws enough that I’m considering something more than the jig and drill routine, but not enough to justify a huge investment of cash or a lot of floor space in my shop. The cost is why I’m thinking of making my own, and the space is the reason I’m thinking something similar to the basic Kreg machine – the Foreman – which uses 14×23 of bench space and can be put on a shelf when not in use.

One thing I didn’t mention was that my biggest issue is panels for cases. Standing a panel up in a K3 type jig or a woodentoolcompany style machine is far from ideal, in my opinion. Using the jig with the faceclamp on panels is a hassle, too. Being able to control a panel laying down on a stationary machine seems to me to be the best method. Of course, if I’m going to build/buy a machine, the capability to use it on other parts would be nice!

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