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Arched Top Steamer Trunk Plans and Tutorial

Attached are the drawings I used to build the arched top steamer trunk which I recently posted in the projects section.  Also attached is a step by step tutorial as best as I remember building it. …Continue

Started Jan 4

Workbench top
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One project to complete and I can build my new workbenches.  I have been looking at several plans for awhile and have all construction set except for the tops.  I will be making two benches with tops…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Grace Jan 3.

Table saw tolerances
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When cross cutting on my table saw I am not getting ninety degree cuts.  For reference I am using the Craftsman version of the Rigid model R4512 saw, and my miter gauge is an Incra 1000HD.So far I've…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Barr Nov 8, 2016.

Faux Finish Question
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I am trying to mimic the finish on the metal plates behind the drawer pull in the attached picture.  This is on a china cabinet we purchased decades ago as part of a dining room set.  I am currently…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Foley Sep 12, 2016.


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Don Foley replied to Thomas Everett's discussion 'Potting bench plans'
"Without knowing what set of plans you're using let me offer the following: If the back legs extend upward past the work surface height , supporting shelves or the like, taking inches off the top of each will not work, unless you adjust the…"
Aug 13
Don Foley replied to Pat's discussion 'Beginner-ish question about table legs'
"Pat, One option to give your desk some strength but not impair your sitting at it is to use wider pieces for the skirt on the front and sides, then use the 1" piece for the back side,  where you sit.  I would use a stretcher (the…"
Apr 28
Don Foley commented on Wolfgang M. heid's album

Miter Saw Dust Hood

"Bradleyman, The basic plans are available on the discussion forum of this web-site.  Then you adjust the basic plans to fit your saw and mounting requirements. Don"
Mar 22
Don Foley replied to Bill Jones's discussion 'Looking for some advice on my work bench plan'
"Bill, After researching the model saw you own, I think you hit the nail on the head.  To be able to use the fence to its maximum capacity you need to either open up the area to the right or mount your saw to the extreme right of the table,…"
Mar 18
Don Foley replied to Eli K. Raindancer's discussion 'Need Table Saw'
"Eli, I looked at Ryobi table saws on line and both models look to have flimsy legs.  The good news is you can custom build a base that should suit your needs. I suggest building a short table to mount the saw on using 4x4 lumber for the legs,…"
Mar 1
Don Foley commented on Wolfgang M. heid's album

Miter Saw Dust Hood

"Good looking setup.  Does the system do a good job of reducing dust using the big gulp reduced down to 2-1/2" hose" I built a dust hood for my miter saw once before, but made it too small to allow the saw to allow the saw to rotate…"
Mar 1
Don Foley replied to Eli K. Raindancer's discussion 'Need Table Saw'
"Eli, If you could post a picture of your saw, that would make offering suggestions easier.  Or, at least give the make and model of your saw.  Would like to help but don't have enough info to make a valid suggestion. Don ps. what…"
Mar 1
Don Foley replied to Bradley M. Small's discussion 'Stabalizing Clamped Joint to avoid movement when screwing'
"Bradley, When assembling cabinet carcasses or similar projects requiring edge to face mounting I use corner squares from Rockler.  I clamp the two pieces to the square to keep them aligned, both flush and square.  I then still use a long…"
Feb 18
Don Foley replied to Bradley M. Small's discussion 'Stabalizing Clamped Joint to avoid movement when screwing'
"Bradley, I use a 2 clamp system.  First I clamp both pieces to my work bench typically with a padded "F" style clamp, placing the clamp over the joint between the piece with the pocket holes and the piece the screws will go…"
Feb 16
Don Foley replied to Mary G.'s discussion 'Decoratively Accent Exposed Pocket Holes'
"Mary, This is a tough one.  I'm not aware of a clear coat product like you mention in your question, but if you find one please share with the group.  When I built the oriental inspired coffee table top I used painters tape. …"
Feb 13
Don Foley replied to Stacy Carlsen Sr.'s discussion 'Cabinets'
"Stacy, There is a video on basic cabinet building by Jay at Jays Custom Creations.  To get it go to  then click on the sketch up heading.  Drop down to "making cabinets" and click.  There are…"
Feb 13
Don Foley replied to Brian fleming's discussion 'New project rustic barnwood bar top'
"Brian, Since you did not glue the planks together to form the tabletop I suggest removing the bowed piece, drilling new pocket holes and before re-installing it use cauls or some other form of  forcing the bowed board flat.  Then reattach…"
Jan 14
Don Foley replied to Brian fleming's discussion 'New project rustic barnwood bar top'
"Brian, I also forgot to mention above, as for mounting the top if you have room use pocket hole screws.  Drill the holes in the base cabinet so the screws go upward into the top.  I built a side table awhile back and posted it in the…"
Jan 13
Don Foley replied to Brian fleming's discussion 'New project rustic barnwood bar top'
"Brian, From reading your post I assume you already have built the top, meaning the bowed board is already included in the bar top.  If so did you edge glue it to other boards or use mechanical fasteners such as pocket hole joinery to make the…"
Jan 13
Don Foley commented on Madhu Sudhan's photo


"What imperfection.  Looks good to me. "
Jan 12
Don Foley replied to Dana Winfrey's discussion 'Router?'
"Dana, The Porter Cable 690LR available from Rockler runs $159.00 (slightly higher than your $130 budget) but includes both 1/4 and 1/2 inch collets.  Lowe's offers the 690 LR for slightly less at $149.00.   I own two of the 690…"
Jan 12

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Which Kreg products do you own?
Shelf Pin Jig, Older Kreg Jig®, Kreg Clamps
How would you describe yourself?
Intermediate Woodworker
How did you learn about the Kreg Owners' Community?
What's one interesting fact about you, your life, your garage, shop, or home?
I'm a retired fire department captain/paramedic, who besides woodworking, enjoys traveling and life with our three dachshunds.

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