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Cabinet Hardware Jig - Brad Point Bit vs. Regular Twist Bit
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The recent Cabinet Hardware Jig post got me wondering if Kreg Cabinet Hardware Jig users have found a preference for a specific type of drill bit (such as brad point vs. regular twist) when drilling…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Glen S Apr 25.

Calculating Screw Penetration Depth
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Based on an earlier post I spent some time trying to determine how to calculate the screw penetration depth given the screw length. This is what I came up with:Penetration Depth…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ken Kortch Mar 11.

Suggestion: K4 Drill Guide Pin with Square Drive
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I have a K4 Kreg Jig Master System. With the Dust Collection Attachment in place I find it almost impossible to loosen/tighten the brass (?) knurled screw (Drill Guide Pin) that holds the Drill Guide…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by KregCS Feb 5.

Kreg Jig for European Cup Hinges
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I've been looking at the jigs that are currently available for drilling holes/pilot holes for the European cup hinges. Most are just holes drilled in plastic so that they'd wear out rather…Continue

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

 

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Ken Kortch replied to Dave N's discussion '1x6 into a 4x4?'
"If you were using a 2x6 instead of the 1x6 I might suggest using the Kreg HD Jig with its bigger (stronger) screws. I'm a big fan of the HD Jig! "
Sep 28
Ken Kortch replied to Dave N's discussion '1x6 into a 4x4?'
"I assume that the pocket holes will be in the 1x6, and the sharp end of the screw will be entering the 4x4. If this is true, then you'll want to set the jig height and drill bit stop for the 1x6 thickness (0.75 inch). Not sure where the 1x6 is…"
Sep 25
Ken Kortch replied to Donald McGraw's discussion 'Just wondering'
"Honestly, though I don't own an R3 (I own the K4 Master system) I think you can do a LOT of great stuff with your current R3 jig. After all, the basic settings of the jig are the screw depth (which stops the drill just before it breaks through…"
Aug 16
Glen S replied to Ken Kortch's discussion 'Cabinet Hardware Jig - Brad Point Bit vs. Regular Twist Bit'
"I installed 14 pulls like those on 2 different cabinets in the bathroom. I made my own jig from 1/2" ply & two 3/4" cleats. I drilled a 1/8" hole in the jig. Every drawer is the same size so I just drilled the 1/8" hole thru…"
Apr 25
Brad Martin replied to Ken Kortch's discussion 'Cabinet Hardware Jig - Brad Point Bit vs. Regular Twist Bit'
"Brad point is my choice. Lately I have used a plastic cutting board, no splinters from that and it is easy to replace from the local $2 shop. I would align the end with the rail and centred on the rail your drilling."
Apr 21
Ken Kortch posted a discussion

Cabinet Hardware Jig - Brad Point Bit vs. Regular Twist Bit

The recent Cabinet Hardware Jig post got me wondering if Kreg Cabinet Hardware Jig users have found a preference for a specific type of drill bit (such as brad point vs. regular twist) when drilling holes for cabinet doors & drawers.From what I've read it helps to put plywood or similar material on the back of the door/drawer to limit tear out. I'll be installing European TT-type handles. I've read suggestions to align the end of the handle with the bottom/top of the top/bottom rail (the…See More
Apr 20
Ken Kortch replied to Robert Wolf's discussion 'designing your projects on-line'
"It seems that most people seem to use SketchUp, which is available at no cost for non-commercial use (if I understand its licensing correctly). Personally, I find the software complicated to use. I've used books to learn how to use it a few…"
Apr 15
Ken Kortch replied to Dan Coes's discussion 'Kreg Jig Mini Measurements?'
"Using simple linear regression (fitting a line of best fit through points on a graph): Thickness = Material Thickness Distance_from_Edge = -1.076923077 + (1.538461538 x Thickness) Drill_Collar_Depth = 2.814903846 + (0.951923077 x…"
Apr 14
Ken Kortch replied to Dan Smith's discussion 'Plugs For 2x4's'
"OR ... the Kreg Custom Pocket-Hole Plug Cutter with the "to-be-purchased separately" Custom Plug Cutting Bit - HD bit can make plugs for the HD pocket holes."
Apr 2
Ken Kortch replied to John Bilton's discussion 'K4 Jig Clamp Screw'
"I brought this up a little bit ago here and didn't get much feedback. I wish it had a square drive or even phillips head, but the only thing I can think of is to use a Dremel with a cutting blade and cut a slot across the head so I can use a…"
Mar 13
Ken Kortch replied to Michael B's discussion 'Cabinet construction'
"Search for the "Sagulator". It calculates deflection (sage) of a wide range of materials."
Mar 12
Ken Kortch replied to Ken Kortch's discussion 'Calculating Screw Penetration Depth'
"Here is the formula for the horizontal screw travel distance from the point where the screw exists the pocket hole material - the point where the screw enters the material that receives the screw - toward the direction away from the Kreg Jig base…"
Mar 11
Ken Kortch posted a discussion

Calculating Screw Penetration Depth

Based on an earlier post I spent some time trying to determine how to calculate the screw penetration depth given the screw length. This is what I came up with:Penetration Depth =SIN(RADIANS(75))*(ScrewLength-(0.073/SIN(RADIANS(75)))-0.48)The formula is shown using Excel format, which also works for Google (Docs) Sheets.This is the depth 90 degrees to the material surface - not along the angle of the screw, assuming that the Drill Bit Depth Collar is set by placing a U.S. nickel (5 cent coin)…See More
Mar 10
Ken Kortch replied to Michael Meyer's discussion 'Substitute for right angle clamps'
"Another approach I've seen on a youtube video about building cabinets is to drill the pocket holes, and then use a pin nailer to hold the material in place while you insert the pocket hole screws. They really just keep the material from…"
Mar 7
Ken Kortch replied to Barbara Dyer's discussion 'K5 port'
"The Rigid car cleaning kit uses a 1-1/4" hose, so I assume any 1-1/4" connectors would work (for those who don't have a nearby Home Depot."
Mar 3
Ken Kortch replied to Eamon McElduff's discussion '2 inch (51mm) screws for hardwood.'
"I came across this on-line response from Kreg: https://www.kregtool.com/customer-service/questions/joining-tools-questions/why-is-there-not-a-fine-thread-screw-longer-than-1-12.aspx "Why is there not a fine-thread screw longer than…"
Mar 3

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