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New Year Greeting
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Happy New Year to all the members of the to see the greetings.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by KregRep Jan 2.

Christmas Greetings
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Wishing all the very best of the Holiday Season.  Click on the greeting link:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jon Dunham Dec 25, 2014.

Building Flat Panel Doors on a Router Table
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I was involved in a discussion about a week about cabinet doors and face frames.  I took some time and put together a slide show showing the steps in building a door.  It is a simple flat panel  door using a 1/4 inch red oak ply-core panel and some…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jay Boutwell Sep 25, 2014.

The New DB210 Pocket-Hole Machine
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Hi Kreg Jig Members,  I was wondering if anyone has purchased the new Kreg DB210 Pocket-Hole Machine yet.  If not, you are missing out on the enjoyment that a fine woodworking tool will bring you.  Like I said in a prior post, I had the fortunate…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gary roofner Aug 4, 2014.


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Jay Boutwell replied to Marty Rosenbloom's discussion 'Framing a Basement'
"Hi Marty, like ken said above the 2 1/2" screw will attach the 2x4 framing how ever there is some restrictions in local building codes that may apply to your location.  In framing of buildings the use of screws  may not…"
Jay Boutwell replied to Wayne DeVito's discussion '"Face Frame Hinge Template" for Garage Cabinet Doors'
"Here is the article.  I might add that in the 25 plus years I have never used a hinge template and never had any problems doing it my way.  I do it as a profession. Comment on: Topic 'Cabinet hardware always measured in…"
Jay Boutwell replied to Wayne DeVito's discussion '"Face Frame Hinge Template" for Garage Cabinet Doors'
"►<!--[if !IE]-->▶<!--[endif]--> Reply Permalink Reply by Jay Boutwell on April 9, 2014 at 3:30pm Delete European Hinges jig continued: ►<!--[if !IE]-->▶<!--[endif]--> Reply Permalink Reply Here is the photos I…"
Jay Boutwell replied to Wayne DeVito's discussion '"Face Frame Hinge Template" for Garage Cabinet Doors'
"Hi Wayne,  Garage cabinet doors,  what hinge are you using.  It they are the exterior mount it is pretty simple to mount them and a good point in general on a common cabinet door would be for the center of the hinge to be about 4…"
Jay Boutwell replied to Danny McDaniel's discussion 'Beginner problem: Drilling out the plastic of the Kreg jig'
"Excellent Danny, I am pleased that it took care of your problem and now you can get on with enjoying the jig.  I have confidence in in Kreg Tools however like everything else there is an occasional one that slips past everyone.  Many of…"
Jan 23
Jay Boutwell commented on Rick Grisoli's blog post 'European Hinges'
"Thank you Alejandro,  You are very welcome and I am always willing to help anynone at any time.  I appreciate you letting me know that it was helpful to you.  Enjoy your projects and be safe at all times."
Jan 22
Jay Boutwell replied to Danny McDaniel's discussion 'Beginner problem: Drilling out the plastic of the Kreg jig'
"Danny you are not doing anything wrong,  It is the alignment of the steel bushing in the jig body.  Sometimes the plastic is not perfectly aligned with the body.  Drilling down through the full length will take care of it.  You…"
Jan 22
Jay Boutwell replied to Wayne DeVito's discussion 'Birch and Pine?'
"Wayne this is one on  European hinges: Reply by Jay Boutwell on April 9, 2014 at 3:28pm Delete European hinges are a puzzle when yoiu first become aquainted with them however the offer much more that the standard hinges you can buy for cabinet…"
Jan 19
Jay Boutwell replied to Wayne DeVito's discussion 'Birch and Pine?'
"Wayne here is one of my posts:   Reply by Jay Boutwell on August 30, 2014 at 12:34pmDelete Cheryl, in continuing with the explanation of the European cabinet and its variations.  European styled cabinets are the ones that have no face…"
Jan 19
Jay Boutwell replied to Wayne DeVito's discussion 'Birch and Pine?'
"Wayne, either one works however it depends on what quality and how you want to build the cabinets.  You can use the birch plywood that is 3/4inch for the boxes and also doors if you are wanting to build a slab door style.  You should…"
Jan 19
Jay Boutwell replied to KregRep's discussion 'New Members: Please introduce yourself.'
"Hi not trying to butt in but I have been in the shops for many years both as a mechanic and as a cabinet maker and a good rule of thumb is to build your bench top to be at or above the belt line as that is your center of gravity.  You want the…"
Jan 18
Jay Boutwell replied to Gary roofner's discussion 'Shop notes combinding into shopsmith magazine.'
"Apparently this is the plan:  Check out the announcement."
Jan 16
Jay Boutwell replied to KregRep's discussion 'Where it all started...'
"Yes we know that the whistle pulls the train.  What about the history of all the forgotten good people that worked there to make the company what it is today and don't forget about the customers that have been loyal all these years."
Jan 15
Jay Boutwell commented on james wilhelm's album

Porch Glider

"Hi Jim, Now this is a very nice build with all he joinery executed like it should be done.  The back is a real eye catcher as it has a nice curve in the top rail and all of the slats are well done.  Like the arm and how they connect to the…"
Jan 2
Jay Boutwell commented on Jay Boutwell's album

Building Raised Arched Panel Doors

"Ken it would work providing that you are building square doors and want the flat sawn look.  Most of the doors that i do and are the most common are ones that cut a curve and or pattern in the door as it cuts or raises the panel.  I…"
Jan 2
Ken Darga commented on Jay Boutwell's album

Building Raised Arched Panel Doors

"Good info, Jay. Thanks for your insight, and posting. The 'ol "gravity" thingy--- can work for you as well as against you. What are your thoughts about making the "slanted portion" of the insert panel, on a table saw?"
Jan 2

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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 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

At 11:36pm on March 24, 2014, james wilhelm said…

Hi JAY , also glad to see you back on the site , helping other,s as you have all way,s done , hope you are feeling a bit better  , have a great day and get better soon , JIM !!

At 9:25pm on March 24, 2014, ray vile said…

Hi Jay, I hope your getting better I sure do miss reading your replies to other peoples posts. I'm going to be launching a web site soon, gonna try to sell some pens on the internet. I'm working on getting an inventory built up. I have about 35 done so far and all my freinds and family think I could sell them online. I have sold a few of them all ready to people I know. The mountain house is keeping pretty busy also. It is a shame there is a couple thousand miles between us, I would think it would be great to sit down and have a beer or two.

Your freind on the east coast, Ray

At 3:26pm on March 3, 2014, Leslee said…

 Dear Jay,

 I hope you return to normal soon. I think of you often hoping I can chat with you this summer or when you feel better from your shingles. My shed is coming along. Take care,


At 8:17pm on December 14, 2013, Steve Gronsky said…

Thanks Jay.  

I appreciate your kindness and the speedy reply.  Have a happy & safe holiday season.



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