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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 Suzy's discussion 'Need advice on casters for kitchen island'
"Thank you Suzy,  casters with brakes are always a problem if you are trying to hide the casters.  There are a few that have the toe operated brake however not always easy to operate and some slide about easily especially on…"
18 hours ago
Jay Boutwell replied to Suzy's discussion 'Need advice on casters for kitchen island'
"Suzy, Didn't have any photos that were not in a slide show but here is a slide show that has what I am referring to pictured in the show. Look at the following…"
Jay Boutwell replied to Suzy's discussion 'Need advice on casters for kitchen island'
"If you are building the cabinet use piece of 3/4 thick plywood and make the bottom out of that.  Then inset this bottom up into the cabinet box and attach it to the cabinet box using glue and pocket screws.  The amount that you…"
Jay Boutwell replied to Ken Kortch's discussion 'Kreg Jig for European Cup Hinges'
"Hi John, nice to see that you are still envolved with woodworking and certainly good to hear from you.  Yes Marc does put out some very nice tools and they are the type that are for the professional and therefore work well and last a long…"
Jay Boutwell replied to Ken Kortch's discussion 'Kreg Jig for European Cup Hinges'
"Hi Ken,  a nice system is one that sommerfeld tools sells.  It allows you to bore both the cup hinge and the two dowel pin holes with one simple setting on the door.  See it at .  It is called the…"
Jay Boutwell left a comment for Barry
"Thank you Barry for your friendship.  I am looking forward to helping you and answering any questions that you may send my way."
Aug 16
Jay Boutwell replied to pejman's discussion 'table saw alignment'
"Hi pejman,  There is a defect in trunnion of some of  your model of saw and the raising of the blade allows the trunnion to move out of alignment.  Some have replaced the trunnion  which is a major…"
Jul 30
Jay Boutwell replied to Stephanie H's discussion 'Ridgid R4512 Hybrid Table Saw'
"Stephanie, I realized that it was getting complicated and that is the reason that I wrote a reply late last night.  What I wrote is the simplest method that I know of to aline up a saw completely,  It does not take a lot of the tools that…"
Jul 29
Jay Boutwell replied to Stephanie H's discussion 'Ridgid R4512 Hybrid Table Saw'
"I know what a scribed line is and how to make a scribe line as I have made many of them in my time building race engines and setting up milling machines to machine engine blocks and heads on.  I used "dykum" and a scribe line to make…"
Jul 29
Jay Boutwell replied to Stephanie H's discussion 'Ridgid R4512 Hybrid Table Saw'
"What scribed lines????? "
Jul 28
Jay Boutwell replied to Stephanie H's discussion 'Saw Blade Stabilizer'
"Stephanie, You can still use the zero insert just recut it with the large kerf blade.  I read your question about how to determine if your blade is bent.  The only real accurate way is to use a dial indicator mounted to the…"
Jul 26
Jay Boutwell replied to Stephanie H's discussion 'Saw Blade Stabilizer'
"Stephanie, here is the tune up article that might be of interest to you.   on July 24, 2012 Comment on: Topic 'Table Saw Tune Up' or over 20 years and have all my fingers and so far have not had an accident.  I credit this…"
Jul 26
Jay Boutwell replied to Stephanie H's discussion 'Saw Blade Stabilizer'
"Stephanie, in answer to your question, yes I run the stabilizer on 1/8" kerf saw blades and I do not run any thin kerf blades,  There is no advantage of running them as they have more flex than the 1/8" kerf blades.  Like I…"
Jul 26
Jay Boutwell replied to Stephanie H's discussion 'Saw Blade Stabilizer'
"Stephanie, I use the stabilizers continually, running a 6 inch dia " forrest" brand stabilizer against "forrest" brand blades when I am doing a lot of plywood cut off and rips at 90 degrees.  I have found that I get a…"
Jul 24
Jay Boutwell commented on michael evans's photo

Kreg miter jig in action

"Michael not to butt into your business but I hope you are not cutting full depth cut offs  with this set up the way the photo is showing.   If you do that is one of the best ways to get a kick back as the cut off piece becomes…"
Jul 24
Jay Boutwell replied to LeAnn Haggard's discussion 'SQUEALING BITS?'
"Leann, The squealing sound of the bit is from the wood becoming tight in the drill bit flutes and rubbing on the metal drill guide.   Some of the wood does not feed out of the bit flutes as fast as others.  Both Tim and Jim are…"
Jul 19

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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…


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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