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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 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…"
Jay Boutwell replied to leo's discussion 'Face frame with Inset Doors'
May 22
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
Jay Boutwell replied to Mary Murray's discussion 'problem with kreg jig'
"A simple solution to help hold the stop collar is to grind a shallow flat area where the stop collar is adjusted in and make it long enough to enable you to move the collar in all the positiong that you will need when setting for different wood…"
Mar 24
Jay Boutwell commented on Jay Boutwell's photo

Beaded 8 Drawer Chest

"Suzy try this link, and go to musical slide shows."
Mar 24
Jay Boutwell commented on Jay Boutwell's photo

Beaded 8 Drawer Chest

"Thank you Suzy, I appreciate your comment.  It has a mate that I build earlier that is a "high boy" with 12 drawers in it.  This one has a detachable mirror on it.  Both the 8 drawer (the one pictured) and the 12 drawer are…"
Mar 24
Jay Boutwell commented on Jay Boutwell's photo

kitchen build

"Suzy, thank you so much for the compliments,  Yes this was a full custom build out of red oak.  It does have some nice granite in it.  The kitchen is the first part of the build as my work also included  a 1/2 bath vanity and…"
Mar 24
Suzy commented on Jay Boutwell's photo

kitchen build

"I bet this finished kitchen is beautiful, I have to say that granite has to be the prettiest granite I have ever seen and I don't generally care for granite either, lol.  Beautiful though, I bet those people are really enjoying their…"
Mar 23
Suzy commented on Jay Boutwell's photo

Beaded 8 Drawer Chest

"I love this dresser so much.  Very nice Jay!"
Mar 23
Jay Boutwell replied to Michael B's discussion 'Kitchen cabinets and face frame dimensions'
"Michael, A planner only will make a side flat and to a thickness that is the same.  It will not make your lumber straight as it  follows the curves and dips in the side that is on the bed.  A jointer will make your lumber straight and…"
Mar 12
Jay Boutwell replied to Michael B's discussion 'Kitchen cabinets and face frame dimensions'
"Michael Popular is a good wood to build any paint grade project as is is the soft wood of the hard wood species.  It is twisty unless you select your wood.  Holds screws well glues well and stable wood that has a white to a yellow color…"
Mar 11
Jay Boutwell replied to Michael B's discussion 'Kitchen cabinets and face frame dimensions'
"Michael, check this out ;   in the search above type in "corner cabinet help for lazy susan"  and you will get a write up about a lazy susan.  Check several of the pages and you will find more discussions about…"
Mar 11
Jay Boutwell replied to Michael B's discussion 'Kitchen cabinets and face frame dimensions'
"Michael the best solution is to set is to first lay out the sink centering the sink in the window if you have one and then determine the left hand edge of the sink cabinet.  Depending on the size of the sink will determine how wide you need to…"
Mar 11
Jay Boutwell replied to Michael B's discussion 'Kitchen cabinets and face frame dimensions'
"Hi Michael,  drawer slides and where or not that they have to be attached in the middle of it length will depend on two things.  How heavy is the drawer and its live load and what type of drawer slide are you using.   If it is…"
Mar 9
Jay Boutwell replied to DrPcFix's discussion 'Flush 90 degree joints in plywood boxes'
"Gentlemen, Any time a screw or fastener goes through one piece of material it will push outward on the piece it is entering and unless it is held tightly together it will move and will move in the direction of the screw angle.  I prevent this…"
Mar 3
Jay Boutwell replied to DrPcFix's discussion 'Flush 90 degree joints in plywood boxes'
"    Gentleman I build butt jointed cabinets and have for years with out any problem.   I always use glue as I know from expereiced that glue will insure and provide the strongest joint possible in any type of construction. …"
Mar 3

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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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