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Welcome to the Kreg Owners' Community! This thread is the best place to introduce yourself to other community members and let us know a little bit more about you. Please include your name, where you're from, your experience building with wood, why you joined the community, and anything else the community may want to know about you. Also, feel free to share links to your photos and personal profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc.)

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Hello, My name is Jeff and I am from a small Island on the east coast of canada. I have been working with wood off/on since I was young. In the past number of years I have been slowly getting out to the shop more during the warm weather and also due to web sites like this and others I visit. It is amazing how you can get so much inspiration and the itch to get to the shop from others.

I have the K3 system, which I have yet to use. My plan right now, is to build an out feed table for the table saw, as soon as the nice weather rolls in, as my shop is not yet heated.

Hello Jeff,  I would like to give you a heads up. If you only heat your shop when you go out to work it causes condensation on the equipment, which will in turn rust it. You must keep it heated all the time or not at all. I place a small space heater or a propane radiant heater near my bench in the winter and wear coveralls. The equipment will run just fine. Just give them a few seconds to warm up. The kreg jig is an excellent tool. It is great for face frames and some doors, but you have to be careful not to depend on it to much because of its ease of use. I have seen people use the pocket hole on table tops. That is completely unnecessary, as edge gluing boards is plenty strong enough. You will find plenty of uses for the kreg jig, so just waite and the time will come.

Good luck,

Bob

Jeff MacDonald said:

Hello, My name is Jeff and I am from a small Island on the east coast of canada. I have been working with wood off/on since I was young. In the past number of years I have been slowly getting out to the shop more during the warm weather and also due to web sites like this and others I visit. It is amazing how you can get so much inspiration and the itch to get to the shop from others.

I have the K3 system, which I have yet to use. My plan right now, is to build an out feed table for the table saw, as soon as the nice weather rolls in, as my shop is not yet heated.

Hello John, good luck on starting your woodworking. I'll give you a couple of hints for new woodworkers.

Safety first, always where eye protection, have good ventilation and/or where a dust mask. The third safety tip is probably the most important. When you get tired stop. If you don't you'll find that is when you make mistakes. You might damage your project, a piece of equipment, or even very worse hurt yourself. 

  Do some pre-planning for the project ( opening heights, widths and such.) Then plan the type of hardware you want to use for hinges and drawer slides. If you always make your drawers one inch less wide than the opening you will be able to use both side mounted slides or center mounted. Hinges are a different story, you really need to decide in the planning stages whether your doors and drawers are going to be full overlay, rabbited, or inset. The easiest  way to decide this is by going to a Rockler store or using their catalog to see how they work. 

   I don't want to tell you everything, I want to let you have the fun of working things out yourself. If you run into problems or need an answer this is a great site to get some excellent opinions. You can also email me if you want my opinion, but this site is full of excellent woodworkers.

Good Luck

Bob

john s said:

hi everyone:

    Im john and Im as green horn as they get. Im very curious about the kreg jigs and all the posibilities. since I dont have any experience with woodworking I would like to know what is the best way to start. I want to start with something simple and from there progress to build a dresser for  my 2yr old daughter and another for my wife. Any advice will be well received. Im from Pasco washington. thank you

Hello to you Bob. Thanks for the tip, but the shop is not heated at all......not yet. I do take the time before winter arrives here and wrap up my tools and take anything that would freeze into the house. I am looking forward to putting the jig through a good work out. Thanks again

 

Jeff

love to work with wood especially cedar love the smell 

Hi everyone, my name is Harry and live in Superior, WI. I have always enjoyed woodworking but never really have had the time or the money to get into it. Now that I'm on disability, I have lots of time but still short on money like alot of us are. I will make do with what I have and I'm looking forward to getting more involved in woodworking. I just ordered the Kreg Master Jig System and I'm excited to try it out. I have a small workshop in my garage which I hope to update with a few better quality tools.

I enjoy sharing with people, both ideas and problems doing woodworking projects. I'm also into model railroading. Woodworking skills come in handy when your into this hobby.

That's all for now. Talk to you all down the road.

Harry

Welcome Harry, I always recommend the Kreg Jig to newcomers. It is such a handy jig you have to be careful not to use it more than you should. You will find it is the first thing you will think of even though there are other methods available. This seems to be a good forum when there is some thing that what other options on.

Good Luck

Bob 

Hello My name is Kristi. I live in Fargo ND.   I am a beginner DIY/ woodworker.  I brought the Kreg jig to help me build a bench for my daughter's patio.  I have been on this site looking at all the video's (love the video's!) and projects. I am so excited to get started!

Kristi

Hi everyone! My name is Kathya--yes, there's an a at the end of my name! :)
I first discovered the Keg Jig on Ana-white.com's website. After watching that talented young woman build beautiful pieces of furniture, I decided if she can do that so can I! So I told my husband about the Kreg Jig System and he agreed we should purchase it. We built our first workbench on Sunday last week and it turned out great!

I really would like to build a waist high garden table but don't have any plans. Does anyone know where I can find some simple plans for free? I think I can build it with little instruction, but it would be nice to have something to review while building. Thanks for any advice!

Welcome to the community folks!

 

Katha, could you describe what this garden table will be doing? What I'm picturing and what you have in mind could be worlds apart.

Katha,

Welcome to the group, I saw your photograph of your work bench and It is pretty nice for your first build. It shows that you have the skills and talent with a desire to acheive in woodworking.

I also read that you are interested in a plan for a garden table.  Depending on what you are wanting to use the table for will depend on what type to build.  If it is a potting table or a table to display plants on the bench you just finished would serve as the basic structure.  By adding on or altering it you can build yourself a nice garden bench suited to fit what you are wanting.

My neighbor just build a patio table to display some of his plants and flower pots on and got the plan from Sunset Magazine.  My wife is interested in building one as well so I looked on line in the DIY sites and found this one which is from Sunset magazine.  The link is: 

My wife is interested in the third pictured one which is labeld as "Backyard center"  the plans are in a PDF format and are pretty detailed.  The down load is free.  In looking at this plan you will note that the basic is like the bench you have.  There is another one numbered 5 photo " Mobile table"  of which is pretty nice aswell and has a detail plan that you can use.
Again welcome to the Kreg Jig Community and best wishes for many exciting projects.

Hello, my name is Jake and I live in Gig Harbor WA.  I don't have much experience in word working but was home from work one day and found myself watching the infomercial for the Kreg Jig and ordered up the master system.  Armed with a circular saw, drill, and a Kreg Jig I completed my first project and am hooked!

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