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Hello my name is Joe from the Gulf Coast of Alabama in Orange Beach.  I have experience in manufacturing resin coated table tops, CNC operation (SCM Author/Morbidelli), 3D CAD/CAM programs (Cabinet Vision, AlphaCam, Rhino, SketchUp), Laser Engraving machines, computer sign making (Corel Draw), printers and plotters...I've done a little or a lot of everything but consider myself a non-professional hobbyist. After 2 years working and training to operate CNC woodworking machines and software, I now feel like I'm better off on my own in my garage at home.  I work a full time job as a truck driver on a midnight shift and spend my days seeking the knowledge I need to build a successful business, gathering info about tools, equipment, technique, all the things I feel I lack adequate experience or an advanced understanding of.  Kreg tools have helped me develop a simple method of building everything and saves me a lot of time, producing the same or better results as building methods that are more involved. Glad to be a part of this community. Thanks.

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Hi, I'm John from Newcastle Australia, I'm new to woodworking but enjoying it so far. I have Kreg Jig K5 and have found it easy to use. My main problem at the moment is cutting straight and accurately, hopefully I'll get better with practice. Because of the price of wood (unbelievably expensive!) I've been practising on old pallets and off cuts that my builder neighbour brings for me. Only made 1 practical project so far, a side table for my wife to display her pot plants and about to start on some bedside table soon.

Welcome John. I'm from Russell Island Qld. Cutting straight. Now thats something that is practice and if cutting by circular saw using all sorts of straight edges. Just google  "cutting straight with a saw" and there are heaps of tips. I am lucky. God gave me the gift. Now getting a flat edge with an electric planer. If I can get that right I'll be over the moon.

Roger

Hello, My name is Brian K Seitz.  I live in Eatonville Washington.  I started woodworking more as a DIYer than woodworker and instantly got into using Kreg Pocket hole jig for most of my projects.  I had purchased the jig from a recommendation at Rockler in Tukwila (my go to store for most of my woodworking needs).  Since purchase I've fixed a butcher-block desk, build a set of book cases, china cabinet, and am currently tackling building a modified version of the router table in the Kreg video.  

I discovered the Kreg community site from Lumberjock site where most of my work is posted.       

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Thanks for the welcome Roger, I have a elcheapo Aldi table saw that I bought a couple of years ago because they had an over supply and kept reducing the price, when they got down to $39 I figured one day I might need one. It sat unopened until a few weeks ago. Anyway I've worked out that the saw blade is 222mm from the edge of the table so what I've been doing is marking the cut, measuring back 222mm and clamping a straight piece of wood square at that mark and using it as a guide. It works but is very time consuming. Would a compound mitre saw be a worth while investment?

Hi John

All depends on what you wish to do. I have a lot of wood working tools because I built most everything for myself and others. I reckon the first thing to build is a solid work bench. For that a handsaw is good enough but it's difficult to give you advice if I don't know what you are intending to build. If you come across a hand tool and you are setting up a workshop and the tool is a very good bargain by all means get it. This is what I mostly do and I use most of my tools on a regular basis bar a jigsaw. Can't even remember when I last used it. 

I have a basic panel saw and love it, never been fond of table saws, even though I believe eventually you'll really need to have one.  The panel saw was the first piece of equipment I purchased and it is pretty much my go to tool for most everything.

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I don't really know myself, the wife wanted a side table for her plants so I did that, then she wanted bedside tables so I'm in the process of doing them and next she wants a head board for the bed. Because I'm using recycled timber i can't really follow any plans because the chances of me having the correct stuff isn't very good so I've been planning it out on a piece of paper then see what works. I think a friend has a mitre saw gathering dust in his shed, I'll see if I can borrow it before committing to such an expensive purchase. Thanks to you and Joe for the tips

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Hi John

All depends on what you wish to do. I have a lot of wood working tools because I built most everything for myself and others. I reckon the first thing to build is a solid work bench. For that a handsaw is good enough but it's difficult to give you advice if I don't know what you are intending to build. If you come across a hand tool and you are setting up a workshop and the tool is a very good bargain by all means get it. This is what I mostly do and I use most of my tools on a regular basis bar a jigsaw. Can't even remember when I last used it. 



John Connors said:

I don't really know myself, the wife wanted a side table for her plants so I did that, then she wanted bedside tables so I'm in the process of doing them and next she wants a head board for the bed. Because I'm using recycled timber i can't really follow any plans because the chances of me having the correct stuff isn't very good so I've been planning it out on a piece of paper then see what works. I think a friend has a mitre saw gathering dust in his shed, I'll see if I can borrow it before committing to such an expensive purchase. Thanks to you and Joe for the tips

Roger Waskow said:

Hi John

All depends on what you wish to do. I have a lot of wood working tools because I built most everything for myself and others. I reckon the first thing to build is a solid work bench. For that a handsaw is good enough but it's difficult to give you advice if I don't know what you are intending to build. If you come across a hand tool and you are setting up a workshop and the tool is a very good bargain by all means get it. This is what I mostly do and I use most of my tools on a regular basis bar a jigsaw. Can't even remember when I last used it. 

Hi John,

If a straight cut is an issue I found attaching a piece of  pine to a sheet of plywood is effective. If you line up the pine (5cm wide eg) and glue this onto the plywood edge you can then plant your circular saw and cut the plywood using the pine as the guide. You end up with a straight edge guide that you can use the edge of the plywood as a mark for the cut. Just remember to alow for the blade width. Really useful too when a mitre saw won't cut the width you are chasing.

Chris. (Perth)

Hi John

Here is a link to a great woodwork forum. Worthwhile joining as there are tons of advice available.

http://www.woodworkforums.com/

Regards

Roger

My name is Peter. I am from NJ. I have been doing woodworking and home improvement project for some time. I like the Kreg products especially the multi-mark. I own a deck jig, which helped me build a 800 SQ Foot deck and the K5 master system.

I have posted a project on an AC enclosure that I built with the K5 system.

thanks!

-pfalco

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