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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 leonard haag's discussion 'mineral oil over Danish oil'
"Leonard from experience of many years and several butcher block later I would not use any thing that would darken the cherry wood and or make it rancid.  I have used mineral oil in the past but found that there is a better finish that seals the…"
Jay Boutwell replied to Cedric Delecole's discussion 'KREG K4 - how to put plugs on Melamine ???'
"  Cedric, per your request here is the link to bondo body filler,  The glue is polyrethane and or is also any epoxy.  The appliance white is the touchup paint used in repair of appliance and found in most major appliance companies and…"
Nov 10
Jay Boutwell replied to Cedric Delecole's discussion 'KREG K4 - how to put plugs on Melamine ???'
"Cedric there is also some companies that make a white colored wood filler that would work as well or even fill the hole with a wood filler and paint it.  That is why I suggested the auto body filler as I know it will remain in the hole and…"
Nov 10
Jay Boutwell replied to Cedric Delecole's discussion 'KREG K4 - how to put plugs on Melamine ???'
"Cedric, I have used them many times in custom work.  Like I said you can actually customize the plastic plug and using glue get a satisfactory results.  Looks much better that the hole and raw material.  "
Nov 10
Jay Boutwell replied to Cedric Delecole's discussion 'KREG K4 - how to put plugs on Melamine ???'
"Cedric, From many years at the trade it has been my experience that melamine is a hard object to hide the pocket holes in.  I tried to hide the hole from view by placement however as in everything the will be a time in which you will be faced…"
Nov 10
Jay Boutwell replied to J's discussion 'Pocket Hole Orientation for Weight Distribution'
"Hi JBK, I agree with Ken,  Your drawing is the better way of doing the cabinet regardless if it is a frameless or a face framed cabinet if you are going to use the cabinet where a lot of weight is going to be…"
Oct 30
Jay Boutwell commented on Scott C Alexander's album

Baby Cradle

"Scott this is a very nice looking cradle.  I am impressed with the curves and how well you executed them with a well balanced design.  The finish is a nice warm color and a excellent touch for the new born.  Thank you for sharing."
Oct 26
Jay Boutwell left a comment for jacob Heilman
"Hi Jacob I noted your question about routing smooth plywood edges.  The results will differ from piece to piece depending on the plywood construction meaning is grade and tightness of the plies and type of wood.  It will also be effected…"
Oct 26
Jay Boutwell commented on Tim Grace's photo

Parts Bin holder 1

"Tim, Nice way to organize small object and keep them handy.  I have to say this is one of the neatest ways that I have seen lately.  Not only does it look good but it will function well.  No more digging in small cans and or other…"
Oct 26
Jay Boutwell commented on Craig Helming's photo


"Craig, well designed and executed craftsmanship in this cabinet.  The fluting in the legs are well done and give the piece a nice eye appeal.  The finish and the method you have used to raise the cabinet up off the floor in the rear and…"
Oct 26
Jay Boutwell commented on Tony's photo


"Hi Tony, very nice build.  The cabinet looks well build and I am noting the use of the lower hanging cleat that keeps the cabinet tight to the wall.  This feature is nicely done and keeps the outside bottom clean.  Your build looks…"
Oct 26
Jay Boutwell replied to Derek Latimer's discussion 'Kitchen Cabinets'
"Hi Steven,  It looks like you said about the same thing that I said and yes there are the labled professional whom does exactly what you said, but there are also the hobbyist that do the same thing.  The difference in my line of how I do…"
Oct 24
Jay Boutwell replied to Stephanie H's discussion 'Self-Centering Drill Bits'
"Hi Stephanie, self centering bits for mounting things like hinges are actually known a "Vix Bits"   The come in several sizes and the ones you would need for cabinet door hinges and actually house door hinges are number 9…"
Oct 24
Jay Boutwell commented on Roger Bayne's album

Cedar Coffee Table

"Hi Roger,  Your project turned out exceptional well.  It is one nice piece of work.  I am glad that I was able to give you some help.  I am sure that you will be able to find several uses for this type of filling and it…"
Oct 21
Jay Boutwell replied to James Macleod's discussion 'Kreg Shelf Pin Jig'
"James, If you are drilling into plywood this has become a problem as the plywood is not as compact as it used to be and the fibers tend to pull out and or compact them selves into the plywood fibers due to the flutes of the bit rotating in the hole…"
Oct 15
Jay Boutwell commented on Stephanie H's album

Son's 30th Birthday Fishing Rod Holder

"Stephanie this is a link to some molding.  The last time I bought some was about 2 years ago and the place I got it from was a plastic outfit  back east.  I will have to check on a source for it and see if they still have it.  It…"
Oct 8

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Which Kreg Products do you own?
Kreg Jig® Master System, Older Kreg Jig, Micro-Pocket Drill Guide
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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 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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