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Part Two: Building Cabinet Door and Hanging Doors
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For part one you will have to go the the discussion section as ning will not allow me to post two parts at once Part two of two.  By determining how long and wide the door needs to be.  A normal and good working size for rails and stiles is 2"…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by james wilhelm Apr 19.

Building Cabinet Doors Using Router Bits and Hanging Cabinet Doors

PAGE ONE OF A TWO PART DISCUSSION BUILDING CABINET DOORS AND HANGING DOORS:  Attention Andy Harris Andy, in answer to your question about using cope and stile bits, is a pretty straight forward process. It is, with one exception,  a two router bit…Continue

Started Apr 19

Building and Installing Cabinets
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Recently was involved is a discussion about hanging cabinets and noted that some do not know how this it to be done in a safe manner.  Hung wrong on a wall is a dangerous situation in a home, business or shop and anyplace where people may be…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jay Boutwell Apr 22.

Glue and Clamping Odd Shaped Objects
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Here is a tip for those of you that have experienced the problem with clamping up an item that is hard or impossible to use clamps on, use black electrician's tape.  Wrap the tape and stretch it tight as you wrap.  Because it is flexible it will…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jay Boutwell Mar 28.


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Jay Boutwell replied to Penny F's discussion 'Tampa Area woodworking classes?'
"Hi Penny, I read your post with interests  as I teach woodworking in my shop but it is here in Oregon.  In the meantime or until you find a solution to obtaining some classes here is some suggestions that I have done with…"
Jay Boutwell commented on james wilhelm's photo

006 New Glider Chair

"Jim this is an excellent looking chair that looks comfortable enough to take a nap in or at least watching the sun set and sipping ice tea.  Love the color of this and the beautiful grains in the wood.  I note that you have plugged the…"
Jay Boutwell commented on james wilhelm's photo

003 Glider Chair

"Jim perfect example of using your plans to build something different.  This is a very nice chair that would be a joy to own.  I see some nice planning and some excellent craftsmanship executed in your build.  Thank you for sharing."
Jun 24
Jay Boutwell replied to Gary roofner's discussion 'I need to make a template'
"Gary everyone has their own ideas and the ones I have read all work but like I stated, mdf works with its limitations and there is nothing wrong with making duplicates in mdf of any template you wish to use frequently.  I make alot of templates…"
Jun 24
Jay Boutwell replied to Jack Haskins, Jr.'s discussion 'Wood glue. Are some better than others?'
"Hi Jack,  Black mold is pretty frequent here in the Pacific Northwest due to homes being built during the rainy season and then sheet rocked out before it has time to dry out.  I encounter it frequently in my business and have handled it…"
Jun 20
Jay Boutwell replied to Jack Haskins, Jr.'s discussion 'Wood glue. Are some better than others?'
"Thank you Jack,  It is a custom table built for a client to be used under a picture window to display tropies and special interest items.  It sits against the wall.  It is made of hickory cut in segments and edge…"
Jun 20
Jay Boutwell replied to Jack Haskins, Jr.'s discussion 'Wood glue. Are some better than others?'
"Ken this is not the same dye to use in a resin mixture.  The type needed for is the same as used for coloring fiberglass resin and available at many commercial products companies and crafts store and can be ordered at AMAZON. "
Jun 20
Jay Boutwell replied to Jack Haskins, Jr.'s discussion 'Wood glue. Are some better than others?'
"Carol,  The dye is the one made for coloring plastic and fiberglass jel.  Most of the places that sell plastic products sell it as well as in some crafts stores.  Look for casting resin and in that area you might find…"
Jun 19
Jay Boutwell replied to Trevor's discussion 'Lineing up the edge'
"Hi Trevor, the first thing that you need is to be certain that the edge you are wanting to join another piece to at a 90 degree angle actually has a straight edge.  Then the board that you are intending on attaching you must be certain…"
Jun 19
Jay Boutwell replied to Gary roofner's discussion 'I need to make a template'
"Hi Gary, MDF is a good material for making a pattern for making duplicated parts using a router and a pattern bit .  Like you stated it must be kept dry from moisture but also should be kept flat to avoid any warping.  The pattern…"
Jun 19
Jay Boutwell replied to Jack Haskins, Jr.'s discussion 'Wood glue. Are some better than others?'
"Hi Carol, your comment are well worth mentioning here as working with knots are a common thing if most wood working and especially if doing anything with a knotty wood.  I think you have a good example of a fix on what would otherwise…"
Jun 19
Jay Boutwell replied to KregRep's discussion 'New Members: Please introduce yourself.'
"Mike, in clearing the air, Like I stated in my reply back to you that you did not address about the gorilla glue.  I have a bottle in my shop that I do on use so know that there is a white gorilla glue however like i explained it even…"
Jun 19
Jay Boutwell replied to KregRep's discussion 'New Members: Please introduce yourself.'
"Well the only gorilla glue that I know that will hold anything substancial is the foaming one.  The white gorilla glue is not used by me for the simple reason as on their own bottle the state:  "Not to be used on structual or load…"
Jun 18
Jay Boutwell replied to Jack Haskins, Jr.'s discussion 'Wood glue. Are some better than others?'
"The use if glue is something that is not considered as much as it should be.  There are many types of glue just as there is different types of materials.  Some glues are better that others and usually depends on what you are going to…"
Jun 18
Jay Boutwell replied to KregRep's discussion 'New Members: Please introduce yourself.'
"The use of gorilla glue is not the best glue for fine joinerey of such things as cabinets and most furniture.  It is too hard to contol the glue as it expands and sometimes even pushes the joint apart.  The better is a glue like titebond…"
Jun 18
Jay Boutwell left a comment for Thomas W. Bell
"Thomas, thank you for extending your friendship.  I will be looking forward to working with you and together we can enhanse our woodworking.  Have a great day and enjoy the exciting world of woodworking. "
Jun 7

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Which Kreg Jig® and/or Kreg Products do you own?
Kreg Jig® Master System, Older Kreg Jig, Micro-Pocket Drill Guide
How would you describe yourself?
Advanced Woodworker
What's one interesting fact about you, your life, your garage, shop, or home?
A woodworking hobby that turned into a second career

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I saw this tool in operation and after all the years that I have been exposed to the table saw dangers this product impressed me the most.  I think it would be of benifit for all of us to watch this in operation and it is reasonable in price as well.  Much better than any push stick or…


Posted on April 25, 2011 at 10:30pm — 22 Comments

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At 9:33pm on April 23, 2015, Josh F said…
Thank you Jay for responding and giving me some tips before attempting to mount my Triton to the new Kreg router table. I've gone over the instructions and its all seems pretty straigtforward. I did opt to purchase the mounting plate pre-drilled for the Triton so hopefully that goes smoothly.

Again - thanks for taking the time to help a stranger!!
At 6:35pm on April 22, 2015, Josh F said…
Hi Jay!

A month or so ago you welcomed me to the group and gave me some good suggestions regarding using a router table for the first time. Well, with your feedback in mind, I went out and bought the new Kreg router table system, Triton TRA001 Router and a slew of Sommerfeld bits and accessories. That being said, any words of wisdom as I embark on installing this router and setting it up in my new table? Thanks again and I appreciate all of your help this far!
At 7:31pm on April 18, 2015, Robert Brennan said…

hello again Jay

I am not sure how many years we/I have been on the Kreg site but didnt realise although we have been communitating over the years had never needed to communicate directly.

It was only thismorming I sw all the messages and eagerly logged it to check them out, only to be dismayed with waht I saw posted. I was so upset I was going to reply then though better of it, I guess some people will never change and after reading your career background I am saying nothing new.

 Here is hoping they withdraw their remarks and make a honest acceptance it was out of line and end the issue. Mind you I think the member who saw my stupid post wanted me banned from the site! So justice can be quite harsh if you draw the attention, regardlless of intent.

Have a good day !!

At 9:48pm on April 7, 2015, Kelly said…


Thanks for responding.  I am wrestling with purchasing a router.

The Triton has a 3 inch router bit opening.  Have you ever run a larger bit with the triton running above the router bit opening?

I currently own a Freud 3 1/4 raised panel bit and it was expensive, so I'm hoping to still be able to use it.


At 7:27pm on July 22, 2014, ron gagnon said…

hi jay  i thank you for all your efforts  and comments  lots information on door openning and upper cornor cabinet . did not realize about 90 degree issues

but now its build and all glued up i read all sugestions you made on how to build  two doors options i have to choose.  i will be building a cornor base cabinets 36 by 36 later on with a lazy susan . i also saw a video  u tube on a person  put a piano hinge and cut two doors were they meet at a 45 degree  and they both shut at a 90 degree. it looked and was build like mine at 90degree . still Learning something new . your post and information is well written and helps me to try to do the best i can and  i hope it helps others just like me to be informed  and take the time to read  all your post as i know you have helped alot here on questions and your  time and efforts on making those post are full great know how since you been  making cabinets for more then 27 years

its always nice to have a person of your  amazing skills  share information.

thank you again. will post  pics of kitchen  cabinets  later on as i go along

ty for your comments take care

At 8:54pm on July 21, 2014, ron gagnon said…

hi jay  was looking alot at your cabinets pics and i would like to ask you  a ? about

how much space do  you leave between kitchen cabinets door were they meet in the middle is it 1/8

thank you for your time

and take care

At 3:57pm on July 20, 2014, Robert Brennan said…

Hello Jay,

Just a short note to say I have found Warren Downes the OZ distrubiter for Microjig, or more correctly he found me,via the site  great work thanks!!

At 1:58am on June 19, 2014, Warren Downes said…

Thanks for that Jay, much appreciated.

At 2:22pm on May 2, 2014, George Hamm said…

Jay, Thanks for the wonderful comment.  It was a little tedious at times.  But I think that is what makes a project turn out to what a person wants.  Have a good day.  George

At 10:58am on April 29, 2014, George Hamm said…

Jay, Glad your back.  Sorry to here about your illness.  Glad your doing better and look forward to seeing more of your beautiful wood work.  Have a great day.  George


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