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Ken Darga
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Ken Darga's Discussions

Combination Squares
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How to chose a combination square for workshop measurements…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Glendening Oct 21, 2015.

Kreg Screws--How to Choose
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Very useful info for all to pursue.  The info contained herein will answer most questions that one may have in using pocket-hole joinery.…Continue

Tags: Kreg, hole, pocket, screws

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ken Darga Nov 5, 2014.

Featured Photos?
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Hmmmm---A power boat???What's next OLD SHOES?What's with the photos of objects that have nothing to do with wood-working, skill building, or the use of KREG tools to build a product?GEEZ---what's…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jay Boutwell Nov 6, 2014.

Kreg Track Saw & Rip Guide
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I'd like to see Kreg offer such as product.Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Metcalf Apr 30, 2014.


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Latest Activity

Ken Darga replied to George Bokros's discussion 'Clamp Vise'
"Rocklers Woodworking and Hardware offers them, as well as others."
Feb 11
Ken Darga replied to Stacy Carlsen Sr.'s discussion 'Cabinets'
"Stacy, My approach would be to do a search for books on "cabinet making"--- do a search on www. There are some out there that are very informative. You need to learn of the various joinery techniques, that are proven to be very useful for…"
Feb 10
Ken Darga replied to Bill Bianco's discussion 'Black paint finish'
"Bill, RE "Black stain"---it's like a "dye-like" material--- it will not cover the imperfections and color variations in poplar wood. The variations will be visible when a varnish like material is applied over the black…"
Feb 4
Ken Darga commented on Bill Bianco's photo

Long Study Table

"Nice table design."
Feb 2
Ken Darga replied to Bill Bianco's discussion 'Black paint finish'
"Zinsser makes very good products 1. Sealer 2. Primer-sealer nothing is better at permanently blocking stains and wood knots Works with any top…"
Feb 2
Ken Darga replied to Stephanie Fitzgerald's discussion '3/4 birch plywood problem'
"Re: the cut-out for the bowls Use a 1/4" round-over bit, in a hand-held router, to smooth the saw-cut edges to make them smooth. If needed, follow-up with 150-180grit sandpaper, as a follow-up, if needed."
Jan 28
Ken Darga replied to Stephanie Fitzgerald's discussion '3/4 birch plywood problem'
"Cut plywwod using a "fine-tooth" saw blade. A fine-tooth blade will minimize "tear-out"--- the finer the blade, the smoother the cut. Use a slow feed, during the process, so as to allow the blade teeth to carry away the…"
Jan 26
Ken Darga replied to Brian fleming's discussion 'Glue'
"Brian, I's take apart, when the loose joint meets--- remove the old glue--- reglue it and clamp tight. Use cawls to avoid bowing."
Jan 21
Ken Darga replied to Cecil W Ott's discussion 'miter saw dust hood'
"Cecil, Not much one can do without an elaborate system hookup with an overhead dust vac extractor. You'll need a big unit for this. Slides saws do generate lots of dust, and it can get all over the shop. When using this saw, I move it outside…"
Jan 17
Ken Darga replied to Dana Winfrey's discussion 'Router?'
"Dana, For your budget of $130, only the small 1HP mini-routers are available. Available in fixed base as well as plunge base. Limited to 1/4" shank router bits, which is suitable for small tasks. A plunge base can be purchased separately, at a…"
Jan 12
Ken Darga replied to Stacy Carlsen Sr.'s discussion 'Hidden door'
"Stacy, Google search "hidden door bookcase plans". Several photos and info shown."
Jan 3
Ken Darga replied to Mat Still's discussion 'Dart Board Wall Cabinet Plans?'
"I found these by doing a search on google---"dart board cabinet…"
Dec 29, 2016
Ken Darga replied to Andrew Kelly's discussion 'First Kreg Use'
"Try using a drill speed of 200-2500rpm. Bring the drill up to full speed, before starting the drilling process."
Dec 11, 2016
Ken Darga replied to Tim Grace's discussion 'Kreg sharpening service'
"Tim, Check with your sharpening service, if they can accomplish this task. Check with a tool-machine shop, in your area. (Most don't possess the skill to perform this task.  They may be fearful of breaking the drill bit). Bent drill bits…"
Dec 7, 2016
Ken Darga replied to Philip Miller's discussion 'What Tool Should I Get Next for My Shop?'
"Phil, #1 BandSaw---for cutting curves, as well as straight line cuts---short and fairluy long pieces. A very handy tool, for use in any shops. For long pieces, an infeed and outfeed extension is very helpful, to support the workpiece. A fence is…"
Nov 24, 2016
Ken Darga replied to Philip Miller's discussion 'What Tool Should I Get Next for My Shop?'
"Phil, My pics, from your list, are: Band Saw  Scroll saw. For a joiner, my choice is a router table. I 've had two joiners, a 4" and 6", got rid of both of them. A planer is useful, if you're cleaning up lots of rough…"
Nov 23, 2016

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Which Kreg products do you own?
Kreg Jig®, Kreg Jig® Master System, Kreg Jig® Jr., Micro-Pocket Drill Guide
How would you describe yourself?
Advanced DIY'er
What's one interesting fact about you, your life, your garage, shop, or home?
Darga's WoodWerkX, fishing and hunting.

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At 5:02pm on September 30, 2014, Bill Fleming said…

Sorry I did not see the expired date

At 10:10pm on August 31, 2014, Todd said…
Thank you Ken for the suggestions I was actually trying to decide between the K4 and the K5 but was leaning towards the K4, I've got the basic frame design for my work bench and I'm probably going to use metal diamond plate but the ladder for shelves idea I am definitely doing and also the fire hydrant water dispenser those were great ideas that I'll definitely use and I was going to put an emblem on it but was going to paint it but your idea to chisel it is a much better way to do it. Thank you for the ideas I just can't wait to be able to start making my bench at least I'll have a few months to design it while my arm heals.
At 1:47pm on February 3, 2014, Harold Caffey said…

Hello Ken, I am enjoying wood working and I see that you do as well. Thanks for accepting my invitation of friendship.  Have a great day.

At 11:32am on December 29, 2013, michael evans said…

Hi ken ,what I thought would be good to have a couple of links that took you straight too jigs ,and there making step by step.Preferable in the other great links box ,go steady ken .

At 4:59am on December 9, 2013, michael evans said…

Hi ken thanks for the friend request . Its nice to hear your back ,and we can pick at your knowledge go steady mick.

At 9:30am on August 12, 2013, Cecil W Ott said…

Yes it does , but no it is counter top edge remenant . thanks for consern I have several different patterns   of this material .I ve made several kitcheen stands and islands of this different material. Find it at Menards in the shelving department advertised as discontinued shelving. Very nice and cheap material.  thanks  Cecil

At 3:19pm on October 11, 2012, Jamey Sulser said…

Thanks for the compliment.


At 6:04pm on March 21, 2012, Jay Boutwell said…

Thanks for the offer as I know we can share alot of information.  It is an honor to except your friendship.


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