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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, 2015.

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, 2015

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, 2015.

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, 2015.


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Jay Boutwell replied to Stacy Carlsen Sr.'s discussion 'Cabinets'
"The door made here look pretty cheap.  That strip that holds the panel in looks like a rail road tie added to the door frame.  Any thicker and you would not have any room for dishes.  Cutting the plywood panel corners off made it…"
Feb 15
Jay Boutwell replied to Rhonda Vasquez's discussion 'Need advice from other fellow contractors or handymen about how much my husband & I should to the business and need to figure out how to estimate'
"The best method of determining what to charge is to determine how much you need to profit from the project. This is after figuring in all the possible problems that you may encounter in completion of the project.  As a rule it is better to…"
Sep 29, 2016
Jay Boutwell replied to Michael Gibbons's discussion 'How to keep panels from moving while fastening'
"Hi Micahel ,  a panel moving 1/32 of an inch is nothing to worry about in woodworking as the wood is going to move more than that much due to humidity and moisture content changes.  What is dead on one day will move to not being dead on…"
Sep 29, 2016
Jay Boutwell replied to DaveTinley's discussion 'Cherry and Kreg Foreman'
"Hi David,  What I am referring to is lumber that is not dried correctly and the moisture is trapped inside by the term known as case hardened.  This is usually the lumber that is dried too quickly and or pulled out of the kiln before it is…"
Sep 22, 2016
Jay Boutwell replied to Frank Windsor's discussion 'Kitchen cabinets'
"Hi David,  I have over a quarter century building cabinets professionally and I have to agree with you as they are low quality and most often very poorly built simply as building a higher quality of cabinet would take much longer and…"
Sep 20, 2016
Jay Boutwell commented on Tom Talley's photo


"Hi Tom, nice job on the pantry.  Looks well made and thought out with the nice pull outs and the rack in the top door. "
Jul 12, 2016
Jay Boutwell commented on Lorrie's album

Lhaso Apso Mailbox

"Hi Lorrie, well I finally find that someone build and posted something on here that took some imagination and thinking as well as some skill.  Excellent job on figuring out how to attack the mail box to the wood features in a way that still…"
Jul 12, 2016
Jay Boutwell commented on james wilhelm's photo

002Picnic table / bench

"Jim nice build on this table.  It is a nice design and should make a great money maker should one decide to build a few.  This would be a good table to load up and take camping and or on use a one or two day picnic.  A…"
Jul 12, 2016
Jay Boutwell replied to Eddie Longest's discussion 'Kreg Tool Box Survey Rant'
"Well here we go again the speed of an standard drill motor should not break a bit.  These bits that made are not the quality of what they once were.  If the bit is going to break because of speed then it is going to do so after it heats up…"
Jul 6, 2016
Jay Boutwell replied to Andy Harris's discussion 'Image upload issue still'
"I guess they will treat the Apple language as even Windows does sometimes.  Last month I uploaded an Apple Video to Windows to be used in a criminal case and it treated it  without any changing of the Apple Language.  The video was…"
Jun 6, 2016
Jay Boutwell replied to Andy Harris's discussion 'Image upload issue still'
"Andy I don't think Ning is short of knowledge as most know the difference between Apple or Macintosh have two separate languages.  I believe Ning is not wanting to go to the expense of converting the apple language to display on…"
Jun 6, 2016
Jay Boutwell replied to Andy Harris's discussion 'Image upload issue still'
"Exactly you have to alter the image information that the Apple systems give you in order to get windows to interpret the image. What I said was that the information was foreign to windows systems and that is why you get the image that…"
Jun 6, 2016
Jay Boutwell replied to Andy Harris's discussion 'Image upload issue still'
"Pretty simple you are uploading and viewing photos that are foreign to Windows  systems.  I-phones are Apple and have a digital image that is totally foreign to what Windows knows and understands so it get treated using Windows based…"
Jun 3, 2016
Jay Boutwell replied to leo's discussion 'Face frame with Inset Doors'
"You are very Welcome Leo. Leo, yes the thing with inset doors and or drawers you want to keep the rails and stiles smaller as since there is no overlay of doors and drawers you gain more cabinet room as well as making the cabinet…"
May 28, 2016
Jay Boutwell replied to leo's discussion 'Face frame with Inset Doors'
May 22, 2016
Jay Boutwell replied to leo's discussion 'Face frame with Inset Doors'
"Hello Leo, I see that no one wanted to take time to write about this type of project.  Actually the inset door and or drawer cabinet are not hard to figure but you must be very accurate in how you build everything so that you can control the…"
May 22, 2016

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Which 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…


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At 8:59pm on October 6, 2015, Stephanie H said…

You are so kind.  I agree.  The table saw thing was beyond overwhelming.  I bought several gadgets to try and solve the problem.  Took them all back.  Ended up using a combination square and the miter slot of the saw to get it square.  Along with pulling out the manual and away we went.  Was much easier than I thought it would be.  Other than tightening it back up slowly and making sure nothing moved.  It was a lot easier and less stressful with two people.  YOU have a great memory.  :)  Next project is another fish rod holder.  Different style.  Will be my first attempt at making a drawer.  This is a great test of me having patience with myself.  Also taking my time.  

At 4:08pm on October 6, 2015, Stephanie H said…

Might be easier to talk under chat vs public.  I do not want to start a war regarding who knows what etc.  I agree with you, so much info just gets confusing.  This is going to be my first attempt at cabinets, less is more for me.  Thank you also for all your knowledge.

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.


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