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John Schaben
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Rockler offer
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Started this discussion. Last reply by James P. Cottingham Nov 30, 2012.

looong coarse thread pan head screws
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I can't find any pan head screws longer than 1½". I'm in the middle of a project but could use some 2½", 2" at least:( Is SPAX a good substitute? By that I mean is the head small enough to fit in the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Troy Sep 6, 2012.

Peachtree offer
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Started this discussion. Last reply by James P. Cottingham Aug 26, 2012.

Kreg + Triton
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I just heard a rumor that Kreg is handling distribution/support for Triton equipment. Anyone else heard anything?  Would make a great match for the router tables.Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Schaben Nov 18, 2011.


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David Pettinger replied to John Schaben's discussion '3/4" Coarse Thread Screws?'
"I had some old feeler gauge blades in my junk box. Got some crazy glue and glued them together. They are just a little more than a 1/16th in thickness. I put this between the drill bit and my K5 block, tighten the collar and drill my holes. No more…"
Jul 2, 2017
John Schaben replied to Ken Kortch's discussion 'Kreg Jig for European Cup Hinges'
"Nice tip Jay - I've just been setting up the drill press because I've had the same issues that Ken indicated with the jigs I've seen on the market. I know Mark Sommerfeld  puts out hi quality stuff."
Aug 24, 2015
John Schaben replied to Michael Busch's discussion 'New List of Routers for Kreg Router Lift'
"Hi Michael - Not sure what is going on there. If you have the proper pads for the Bosch, I would think it would work. I haven't got that lift, or any other for that matter, but my understanding is that the base is not used in that…"
Jan 3, 2015
John Schaben replied to Michael Busch's discussion 'New List of Routers for Kreg Router lift.'
"What are the other two?? Seems like I recall that Bosch has a fixed base available for the 1617 that does allow above table bit changes. Check out the RA1165 base, 1617 undertable base"
Jan 1, 2015
John Schaben replied to gale's discussion 'miter saw advice needed'
"Hi Gale - I'd suggest checking at Harbor Freight.. They have some junk but they also have some jewels. Their sliding miter saws appear to be one of their jewels. I added their 12" sliding saw to my home repair arsenal a few months ago and…"
May 18, 2014
John Schaben replied to SFlorida's discussion 'Kreg Rip -Cut Tool ?'
"Hi Gary - Doing the job a rip cut was designed for, breaking down large sheet goods, would be an awkward, difficult and highly dangerous job on a small table saw.  "
Apr 2, 2014
John Schaben replied to SFlorida's discussion 'Kreg Rip -Cut Tool ?'
"Definitely plastic... not particularly cheaply made though. Like most Kreg stuff it is well built. My issue with it was the guide arm sticking so far out on the right and the fence being a little short allows the saw to rotate slightly at the end of…"
Mar 30, 2014
John Schaben replied to Rick's discussion 'Saving For Next Equipment Purchase?'
"Congratulations, Milwaukee are great tools. I'd love to put their 5625 router in my table but the old Freud hasn't given me an excuse to. :) "
Mar 27, 2014
John Schaben replied to Tim Hadaway's discussion 'Has anyone done an automotive finish on wood'
"Hi Tim - No, I didn't use clearcoat. I figure it will likely get scuffed pretty good rummaging around in my son's shop so I didn't think clearcoat would bring much to the party. I also didn't seal the edges of the plywood…"
Mar 25, 2014
John Schaben replied to Shawn's discussion 'compensating for undersized 1/2 inch plywood'
"Shawn - One reason you cannot find 3/4" coarse thread screws is that they are not offered anywhere. By the time enough bare shank is left to pull the stock together, there is only enough shank left for a turn or two at the coarse pitch."
Mar 24, 2014
John Schaben replied to Tim Hadaway's discussion 'Has anyone done an automotive finish on wood'
"Hi Tim - I haven't done anything as large as Jay with the automotive paint, just some small boxes, but have had excellent results even with the rattle can. A couple of years ago I gave my son (the Family Ford Freak) a code analyzer and made a…"
Mar 24, 2014
John Schaben replied to Keith Woythaler's discussion 'Straight edge clamps...'
""Bora Rockler Peach Tree Or a homemade plywood/straightedge jig" Only difference I can see in the first 3 is the color. The obvious advantage of the last one is initial cost. I have a Harbort Freight that I like because the Peachtree and…"
Mar 24, 2014
John Schaben replied to Rick's discussion 'Saving For Next Equipment Purchase?'
" Heheheehee, these conversations generally degenerate into a "which is best; red Ford, Blue Chevy or Green Dodge..... "  In this case, I have to respectfully disagree with Kens assessment of the Porter Cable product line. Black…"
Mar 24, 2014
John Schaben replied to Rick's discussion 'Saving For Next Equipment Purchase?'
"  Hi - Rick. I'm an advocate of letting the project dictate the tooling. Once you've got the basics, and it looks like you have, start building stuff. Then you can buy as you need to. I confess though, as soon as I got a router I…"
Mar 12, 2014
John Schaben replied to Rick's discussion 'Can One Live Without a Table Saw?'
"I've got both the Eureka Zone and the Makita track saw systems (long story) and I don't see either replacing a table saw. Like most tools, they do a great job at what they are designed for but the design is also somewhat limited. For…"
Mar 12, 2014
John Schaben replied to ray vile's discussion 'Table saw blades'
"Hi Rick - Just be aware that just because the tooth count is the same, the Freud and diablo blades could have different blade geometries and characteristics.  "
Mar 8, 2014

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Which Kreg products do you own?
Kreg Jig® Master System, Kreg Jig® Jr.
How would you describe yourself?
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At 8:07pm on November 10, 2011, James Thorne said…

It was the couple of doodads I was wondering about. What is the size of the face clamp? I purchased the 6" face clamp & right angle clamp. Mine also came with the vacuum adapter. I could see different picture on a couple of different websites but no explanation of what the other doodads were.


At 10:32am on November 5, 2011, Jay Boutwell said…

Hello John, I am honored to be a friend, it seems you and I have much in the same ideas in the tech side of woodworking. 

Thank you for the nice comments on the router post.  Yes i agree with you on the long bits as the length needs to be considered too as they too will fool you on the amount of pressure that is exerted on them when speed is cranked up.

I will send you the bit review which is photos comparing the new bits against another well known bit.  I have the set now and use it in my door stiles and rails As you probably know I build alot of doors so after testing the new bits my conclussion was that they were the bit for me.  I see a definate improvement in the cutting performance.



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LED Lighting on mobile bench

Hi AllJust got myself a new Metabo mitre saw, kitted it out with a new Freud Pro blade as well as "pimped up" my bench with LED lighting so I can find stuff! I have 22 LED daylight tubes in my fittings in the garage so there is more than enough…Continue

Tags: blade, mitre, saw, lighting

Started by Steven Baynes in Miscellaneous Oct 8.

Ridgid tools 1 Reply

I originally bought Ridgid tools for the warranty, well I had to replace batteries. Very easy and got new batteries and chargers. Found out they don't make 24 volt tools any more, so I sent in a hammer drill, impact driver and light for replacement…Continue

Started by steve kidd in Beginners' Zone. Last reply by Glen S Oct 9.

Cabinets and the best wood choice for the carcass. 3 Replies

I am going to try and new project.  Never made cabinets before.  Researched and You-tubed like crazy.  So many opinions.  Mine are going to be:1 each= 30"W x 14"D x 38"H2 each =29"W x 14"D x 38"H1 floor to ceiling cabinet 18"W x 24"D and the height…Continue

Started by Stephanie H in Kreg Jig® Projects. Last reply by Glen S Oct 2.

1x6 into a 4x4? 4 Replies

Perhaps this question has already been asked somewhere on this forum but I wasnt able to find it after an hour or so of searching. Is there a recommended length of Kreg screw to use when combining a 1x6 into a 4x4 post. I have seen a few conversion…Continue

Tags: size, screw

Started by Dave N in Kreg Jig® Projects. Last reply by Edward Weitsman Sep 29.

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I have built many kitchens and finally decided to buy the Foreman, because my latest kitchen consisted of 28 cabinets and I was over my hand hurting from all the drilling, moving the clamp etc., it seemed like a smart choice.



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