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Jerry Alfaro
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Has Anyone Used The 1/2" KREG Tool Much?
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I just picked up the 1/2" Kreg Pocket tool and was wondering if anyone had any tips they found that worked good with the tool.  And do you like the tool?I'm planning to make a box for holding a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elizabeth Leveques Dec 30, 2015.


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Jerry Alfaro commented on Jerry Alfaro's album

CA Blue Oak Bench

"I used some 1/4" x 3" wide hot rolled flat stock that can be purchased at any local steel supplier. It's a great bench, thanks for asking. jerry-"
Jan 3
Stacy Carlsen Sr. commented on Jerry Alfaro's album

CA Blue Oak Bench

"Hello Can you tell me where did you find the metal straps you use on your very nice bench"
Jan 2
Jerry Alfaro left a comment for Jan W. Nahorski
"Jan, You can contact me at: I'd be happy to answer any questions. I read you will be retiring soon, I retired in 2007 and I think I'm busier now than when I was working. jerry-"
Oct 10, 2014
michael evans commented on Jerry Alfaro's photo

Die -Cast Car Display Case

"Nice case Jerry ,takes me back to when I was a boy that was a long time ago ha ."
Aug 29, 2014
Lawrence Liang commented on Jerry Alfaro's album

Die-Cast Car Display Case

"Jerry, Can you e-mail me the pdf files to ; I appreciate it.Where did you get the glass shelves from? Lawrence"
Aug 28, 2014
james wilhelm commented on Jerry Alfaro's photo

Die -Cast Car Display Case

"Jerry , very nice display case, great details on the build and the light,s do set it off nicely , well done , thanks for sharing , sure will will be building many more , JIM !!"
Aug 28, 2014
Jerry Alfaro commented on Jerry Alfaro's album

Die-Cast Car Display Case

"Scott, I finally found my information on building the display case for the 1/24th scale die-cast cars.  It appears that I cannot attach a PDF file. If I can get an email address from you I can send the PDF file.  The guy I built the case…"
Aug 28, 2014
Scott Aldridge commented on Jerry Alfaro's album

Die-Cast Car Display Case

"I know I am Necrorezzing this post but this is pretty much exactly what I am looking for.  I have a bunch of 1/24 and 1/64 NASCAR diecast I would like to display appropriately so if possible I would love a copy of the plans."
Jul 7, 2014
Jerry Alfaro commented on Everett A Butler's album


"You did a beautiful job on the gun cabinet Everett.  Thanks for sharing the pictures. jerry-"
Jun 18, 2012
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Birdhouse 03

"Thanks Jens & Ryan, I think Antonio is going to be the wood worker in the family.  He really likes spending time in my shop building.  My small scrap wood box is for him to make what he wants.   Here is a picture of the two wood…"
May 24, 2012
Ryan Bruzan commented on Jerry Alfaro's photo

Birdhouse 03

"Fantastic job! "
May 23, 2012
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Birdhouse 04

"Thanks, Antonio is ready to build a second BH. jerry-"
May 15, 2012
angie brashears commented on Jerry Alfaro's photo

Birdhouse 04

"Great build! thanks for sharing!!"
May 15, 2012
aaron commented on Jerry Alfaro's photo

Birdhouse 07

"First class job. love it"
May 10, 2012
Pierre Vallee commented on Jerry Alfaro's album

Antonio's Bird House

"Tony, yo da man! very cool and keep it up... know about the 10,000 hour rule?"
May 10, 2012
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Chisel Mallot 3

"Hi Ken, I don't have any extra mallet made, but can easily turn one if you like.  Any particular wood you prefer or is Black Oak OK?  Also, what weight mallet would you like the mallet to weigh?  My mallet weights 1-3/4…"
May 6, 2012

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Moderate Woodworker

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At 7:02pm on March 17, 2012, Fred Fletcher said…

Hi Jerry , made you a friend sure do like that car case


At 6:11am on March 14, 2012, Mike Perkins said…

If you add me as a friend I can send you a pdf document with the die-cast car case build.


When you get time I would love to get a PDF of the case you made really looks nice!!!

Thanks Mike

At 5:32pm on March 13, 2012, Mack said…


I like the die cast model car case that you built! I've been trying to design one myself and you beat me to the punch. Would you be willing to share your material list with me?



At 12:03pm on January 18, 2011, Jerry Alfaro said…


I built my first mill so I could supply my dad with wood for his shop.  Then he got Parkinson and that pretty much ended his wood working.  So he comes over to my shop and helps with what ever he can and I enjoy having him.  He was a great wood worker.  So now I have two different mills for the types of logs I get.  When I mill anything over 2-1/4" I have to let it dry for a minimum of two years.  At the rate I have been milling I will never run out of wood.  If you can ever get someone who has milled any European Elm, take it!  It is great wood to work with and has great figuring.  Once you start milling, it opens up many opportunities to use woods that even some wood suppliers just don't have.  Thanks for stopping by.  jerry-  

At 5:45am on January 18, 2011, TOMBOY said…
Just stopped by your page to see your pics and it is probably the most intriguing page that I have checked out so far; I don't know much about milling, just about building:-)  Great info and illustrations though, thank you!
At 10:36am on May 7, 2010, Jerry Alfaro said…

Thank you for the info. Do you pull a vacuum on your resin before you apply it to your cavities to reduce any bubbles? I think it's a great way to make wood destined for the fireplace or worse and put it to good use. I have milled some nice pieces of wood that could have been saved by using your process. Do you has a specific brand of resin and black stain you prefer? Thanks again for the info.

I just go a line on a 12" stump by 40" wide black walnut tree to mill. I'm in heaven!

At 5:14am on May 7, 2010, Jay Boutwell said…
HI Jerry, In answer to your question about the wood. It is hickory of what we call "calico" getting the name "Calico" from the mixed colors of the heart wood and the sap wood. What I did here is to use the roughest wood I could find for defects. I have been using a epoxy resin with a black stain to fill these defects. I purchased the wood from a lumber dealer buying the thickest I can find and then mill it to 13/16 " I have used this epoxy trick on almost all species of wood of which the best have been pine, hickory and cherry birch and maple. The results are two fold, you get a stricking piece of wood that is strong for the price of trash wood. Most figure the wood to be throw away, which I find to be treasures . I looked at your page and you have some very nice projects as well.
At 1:16am on April 18, 2010, Jerry Alfaro said…
What would be a good time to call? I'm out in CA. I'm retired so I can call any time that is best for you.

I saw the pictures of the bed, very nice!

At 4:08pm on April 17, 2010, Tony Peters said…
I don't have plans, but I will try to explain as much as possible. It started out as an Idea, I did draw some sort of plans on an old cad program that will only print to a dot matrix printer. The cabinet itself started out as Melamine 5/8" as 3/4 is hard to get here and weighs tons. I'd switch to plywood G1S. . Beside which Kreg screws like ply better and it is easier to edge with iron on wood tape. The starting dimensions are approx 18" x 31 high x 27 long before I applied face frames of birch (1 1/2 x 3/4). The legs are 3/4 x 2" birch, the height with wheels is same as cabinet on wheels. As you can see, the legs 1 1/2 x 2 close to the wheels just to accomodate the caster pads. That means that when folded , your table hinge has to come out 1 1/2 inch away from the cabinet just to fold flat. @ birch blocks were screwed to the cabinet in two places and a gate hinge was used to hinge the top. Top is 40 x 72 before I routed to edge it with birch. I can explain this much better in conversation and you may call me direct @905-885-6122 if you wish. I wasn't quite sure how to prevent the table from swinging up while moving (slightly folds to the upright position) but a frien a friend of mine suggested one of the powerful rare earth magnets so you don't have to bend over to unlock anything.
Oh by the way, I am about to post pictures of the Murphy wall bed I've been working on the lastlittle while.
At 5:00pm on March 21, 2010, Jerry Alfaro said…
The snare I have is one given to me by Joe Morello in 1971. I still have the original Leedy Snare that came with the kit. I play in a band so the kit is used every week.

As for the wood I mill. I have shop in my backyard that I do my woodworking in so having a supply of various types of wood to use in the future is why I'm milling. Milling is so much fun. Every tree I mill is like opening a new present. You just don't know what your going to get from each slab. In my picture I milled 24 slabs of of Pacific Coast, Black Oak. I'm going to mill a big Maple this coming Wednesday. More fun!


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