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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 Duane Heda's discussion 'How to do a layout for a radius cut'
"Duane you are more than welcome as I really enjoy and have a desire to pass on the knowledge that I have in woodworking.  The world is fast loosing the woodworking class of people and someday those of us who do woodworking will be few.  It…"
Jay Boutwell replied to Duane Heda's discussion 'How to do a layout for a radius cut'
"Hi Duane,  confusing  for the first time but really easy.  Here is the steps. The easiest method to cut a radius is using a framing square and a piece of stiff paper or cardboard.  In your post you are wanting to cut a 3 &…"
Jay Boutwell replied to Scott Harris's discussion 'Help Installing Plywood Tool Cabinets for my Van'
"Hi Scott, sounds like an intriguing venture with a lot to take into consideration such as how are you going to use the van and what do you want to place into the van.  I have build a couple van conversions before making them suitable as a…"
Jay Boutwell replied to james wilhelm's discussion 'Featured Photos'
"Hi Anthony, Thank you for your comments as you have raised some good points. You are right many only post a photo and you do not see them again for a while.  Although it would be beneficial if they would post something about…"
May 16
Jay Boutwell replied to james wilhelm's discussion 'Featured Photos'
"Well Michael I would consider you one of the 10  older staying members here as you remain active and that is what this site is about.  What I was  talking about when I referred to the old members is the ones who initially joined…"
May 15
Jay Boutwell replied to james wilhelm's discussion 'Featured Photos'
"Jim, not to likely to see them return as too much water under the bridge and nothing was ever done to entice them to return.   There is too much denial and to see everyone you began with this site leaving is a little hard.  They talk…"
May 14
Jay Boutwell replied to Anthony deliso's discussion 'Out door Coffee table'
"Hello Anthony,  Speaking from experience from being a cabinet maker and building a lot of cabinet counter tops and laying tile floors I can offer you this advise that has worked for me. Building a table that will be exposed to moisture can be…"
May 8
Jay Boutwell commented on james wilhelm's photo

010 Stand

"Hi Jim, Nice looking table.  The douglas fir does have some excellent grain figures and is a very strong and durable wood that will take abuse.  I like the finish and in particular I noted the interesting method of adding the lower…"
Apr 29
Jay Boutwell replied to bill steinike's discussion 'kreg jig use on 90 degree joint with solid cherry panel and plywood shelves'
"Bill, most likely I would use a drill bit and bore the hole in the panel oversized larger than the screw shank.  Be sure to leave the screw loose enough that the panel will be able to move sideways uner the screw head. To be safe I would do…"
Apr 28
Jay Boutwell replied to bill steinike's discussion 'kreg jig use on 90 degree joint with solid cherry panel and plywood shelves'
"Hi Bill any time that a solid piece of wood is jointed to something that is stable and does not respond to moisture content as rapid and in fact there is little change in plywood, you should never pin and or glue them together with out allowing them…"
Apr 27
Jay Boutwell commented on Andy Harris's photo

Patio Table

"Well Andy I guess if you are assured that the pressure treated wood you got is actually treated with the safe type.  I still have doubts about it as it used to be treated with a solution that contained heave amounts of copper.  It was…"
Apr 27
Jay Boutwell commented on Andy Harris's photo

Patio Table

"Is not pressure treated wood toxic to food?  I am sure food at one time or another will come into contact with it.  I would lean towards using cedar. "
Apr 27
Jay Boutwell replied to Scotty Gadlin's discussion 'Can not figure out how to drill this pocket hole'
"Scotty, from what I am believing you are wanting to do does not require you to set the jig for 1 1/2 material but so that the pocket hole will end up penetrating the 2x2 only about one inch to 1 1/4 inch.  Then use a 2 or a 2 1/4" long…"
Apr 27
Jay Boutwell replied to Teresa Walker's discussion 'Miter cut angles'
"Duane, you are most welcome and I am glad I could be of some help to you.  Feel free to contact me at any time on any of your questions. Enjoy your project and above all work safely. "
Apr 27
Jay Boutwell replied to thomas oliver's discussion 'How many pocket holes to join 1x2s together?'
"Hi Thomas, the use of a single screw will often allow the material to twist and in looking at the project you have listed it would definitely use two screws.  The use of glue is a definite plus in your favor.  The kreg screw is made in…"
Apr 27
Jay Boutwell replied to Trevor Smith's discussion 'K4 - 4x4 join that calls for HD'
"Hi Trevor you can do it the old fashioned way that I did before the kreg jig was made.  On small object like 3/4 in and even 2 in thick material I used a drill press when I could clamp it to the drill press table that pivots.  Other than…"
Apr 25

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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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