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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.

Misrepresentation and Trust
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 It seems that I am always writing about something of which I should not have to.  The last time it was about the spam appearing here and now it is about something that is just as important.  Important to me as a member of this community but also to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gary roofner Jul 30.

Spammers On This Site
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 I do not like to become vocal in this tone of attitude however this site is becoming another site of which "spammers" seem to like to pick on to place un-desirable spam which is forced on us and cripples the site.  It is now 12:30 am PST on…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ken Darga Jul 15.

Jen Jensen's memorial Service set
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Knowing that Jens has many friends on the Kreg Jig Community I wanted to pass along the information about his Memorial Service .  For thoes whom wish to view his Guest Book or pay your respects, this is the link to it: …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Justin Apr 19, 2013.


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Jay Boutwell replied to Rita B.'s discussion 'Preference on Sanders?'
"Hi Rita, I have a tip for you to help with the vibration on the sander.  Take a thin (about 3/4 inch think) kitchen sponge and tape it to the top of the sander just enough to keep it in place.  This will knock out most of the…"
9 hours ago
Jay Boutwell replied to Cheryl Coleman's discussion 'Someone teach me about Face Frames & Doors'
"Cheryl, What do you mean ugly?   hey now you need to have some confidence and don't be intimidated by how hard it looks.  I have faith in your ability and if you have problems contact me and we can work them…"
10 hours ago
Jay Boutwell commented on Warren Downes's photo

Laptop Stand

"Warren , excellent project with a very eye catching appeal.  It looks like this was some work and shows that you have mastered the router.  Good job as I do not see and router bit burns and all the shapes are well done.  What I notice…"
10 hours ago
Jay Boutwell commented on james wilhelm's photo

002 Coffee table

"Jim I like the project and the style of this.  It would be an excellent table to place in a construction office as it resembles the post and beam construction.  I can see a lot of uses for this table as it has all the storage under the top…"
10 hours ago
Jay Boutwell commented on james wilhelm's photo

Light House Cabinet

"Hi Jim, now this is woodworking,  That is one fine looking cabinet and how fitting it is to display light houses in.  I think this is really a piece of art as it design is fascinating.   I know was not the easiest thing…"
10 hours ago
Jay Boutwell commented on Jen Woodhouse's photo

Foyer Console

" This is a nice looking project however since it is made of pine and the length and height of the piece structure strength is important.  I noted that the stretchers and all of the components are butt joints with pocket holes.  I…"
Jay Boutwell replied to Cheryl Coleman's discussion 'Someone teach me about Face Frames & Doors'
"Hi Rita, Thank you for your nice words.  I was born a farm boy and learned quite a bit of carpentry from my Dad.  As I grew up my Dad remained a farmer however he built a house and also built on to another. out os necessity it…"
Jay Boutwell replied to Cheryl Coleman's discussion 'Someone teach me about Face Frames & Doors'
"Cheryl, in continuing with the explanation of the European cabinet and its variations.  European styled cabinets are the ones that have no face frame and can have either inset doors that actually are housed within the inside of the cabinet…"
Jay Boutwell replied to Cheryl Coleman's discussion 'Someone teach me about Face Frames & Doors'
"Cheryl, I forgot to mention that I recently wrote a large article on European hinges.  However if you are interested in the hinges that mount on the outside and visable it is a pretty straight forward job.  being truthful with you I am a…"
Jay Boutwell replied to Cheryl Coleman's discussion 'Someone teach me about Face Frames & Doors'
"Hi Cheryl,  This will be a hard one to answer with out actually physically showing you by making a face frame and door combinations.  However I will give it a serious try.  Doors and face frames can be a mystery until you understand…"
Jay Boutwell replied to Joe L's discussion 'Driver Head Slippage'
"Hi Steve sure was good to see you back on the site after all this time.  I for one missed you as you were so good at helping the ones who wanted help and your experience on here has been missed.    Most that…"
Jay Boutwell replied to Jose A medrano's discussion 'Needing some help...'
"Jose,  That is much better but it would be even better if you place the stretchers just above the floor level.  You will still be weak in the area where the two pieces of plywood come together in the front.  It will be…"
Jay Boutwell replied to Jose A medrano's discussion 'need some help guys'
"Hi Jose,  Looking at your above diagram for a desk, If this is all you plan on using to build this It will not be structurally sound.  You will need to add some stretchers  between all the members on the bottom to counter act any…"
Jay Boutwell replied to Joe L's discussion 'driver head slippage'
"Hi Joe, slipping bits in screws can be due to a couple major causes.  Providing that you are using enough downward pressure and that you are exerting the pressure straight down into the driver bit then the cause may be due to a rapid start on…"
Aug 23
Jay Boutwell replied to George Menendez's discussion 'Joint strength question - Across the top versus in between'
"  Hi Ken been pretty busy lately and don't have as much time as I would like to spend.  Yes the big thing that we all strive for in our woodworking is the eye appeal and of course we all want to accomplish this with a…"
Aug 21
Jay Boutwell replied to J. Pree's discussion 'Joining Boards'
"Well thank you Russ as I take that as a complement.  I did note that you gave some good advise to J. Pree's problem.  About the cameras In my shop,  I have been feeling that someone is watching me when I work but I was…"
Aug 21

Profile Information

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 shop/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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