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Mahogany Entertainment Center
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Started this discussion. Last reply by gdatomic Feb 7, 2011.

Long Fine Thread Screws for joining thick hardwoods
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Started this discussion. Last reply by gdatomic Dec 15, 2010.

Sliding Cabinet Door Options? Never done this before... :-)
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gdatomic commented on Kris's photo

My First Kreg Jig Project

"Those look great. I built a bookcase out of that Walnut. It's beautiful."
Feb 14, 2013
Steve commented on gdatomic's photo

Walnut Bookshelf

"Nice job. I prefer to use solid wood, easier to work with, but would be expensive with walnut. I usually use white pine."
May 28, 2012
David Dean commented on gdatomic's photo

Walnut Bookshelf

"nice job and I fone a good use for MDF it make's great backing.  "
May 28, 2012
gdatomic commented on gdatomic's photo

Walnut Bookshelf

"Thanks. It's coming together..."
May 28, 2012
Rudolplh Uebe commented on gdatomic's photo

Walnut Bookshelf

"Really nice Bookshelf you have there."
May 21, 2012
gdatomic commented on Frank Becker's photo


"That's a beautiful bedroom set. Nice work! Love the simple lines and nice hardware choice."
May 15, 2012
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May 15, 2012
gdatomic replied to Pat Meeuwissen's discussion 'How to keep the wood at a true 90'
"When the board moves, the screws entering the undrilled board tend to lift th board with the holes away from the side with the holes. I have a hole clamp and know many people who swear by them. I haven't found it to be my thing. Instead, I…"
Apr 4, 2012
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Mar 25, 2012
gdatomic commented on Kevin Bergstrom's album

Cherry Bed

"Kevin - the bed turned out great! Nice..."
Mar 14, 2012
gdatomic replied to Joe Scharbrough's discussion 'Heip with Kreg jig and large panel issues'
"I understand. In my case, I use a Festool rolling vac so it's quite portable. And with the vac attachment on the front, it continues to work in this case. But, my shop is set up a bit european because I don't have areas dedicated to…"
Jan 23, 2012
gdatomic replied to Joe Scharbrough's discussion 'Heip with Kreg jig and large panel issues'
"There's a pretty sweet work around that doesn't require much. Basically, I lay the panel on the work top, then walk around it wildcatting the jig ONTO the panel rather than the other way around. For me, it works great - fast, not having…"
Jan 23, 2012
gdatomic replied to justin waldron's discussion 'Track Saw Input'
"I have a Festool TS55 and love it. In my case, I'm a fairly good builder, but clearly a weekend builder. With my tracksaw, there's no need for a tablesaw (which I've never wanted because of my youngish kids). So I'm able to…"
Dec 7, 2011
gdatomic replied to Bill Hooper's discussion 'Power or cordless'
"I use both corded and cordless a combination.   - A Milwaukee 2500rpm (variable) corded for drilling the holes. Never have to worry about batteries and I can connect it to my Festool vac so it automatically engages the vac.   - Any of 2 or…"
Oct 26, 2011
gdatomic commented on gdatomic's photo

Sml Conference Table Wide

"Perhaps it helps that I built it's companion credenza with lots of Kreg joints? :-)"
Aug 21, 2011
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Aug 19, 2011

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At 2:09pm on July 29, 2009, gdatomic said…
Hadn't built much with wood before --- a rocking fish for my kids. And, have watched/supervised building, but not so much hands-on experience myself.

This was my first big building project with a Kreg. We had purchased three of these 7' by 4' two bay bookcases (ready to assemble) from CostCo that had straight lines and simple design. Then, needed another one but they weren't available any more.

Looking at them, I figured that it would be pretty straight-forward with Kreg to make another to go with our first three (one's on the opposite wall and isn't visible in the photo's). And, decided we were fine with fixed shelves.

Made it out of oak plywood with oak facing. Had the sheets pre-cut in 12 inch widths at Portland's Woodcrafters store. Bought a Bench Dog to ensure my cross-cuts were straight and went to work.

My 12 yo son drilled most of the pocket holes. Should have followed the Kreg bookshelf plans for assembly, but I learned that later and only after we had made it work. Trickiest part was clamping and adding the shelf facings to get everything straight. I chose not to use glue. The shelf is really solid right now. The only problem I could envision is if there is a problem when moving it much in the future. Finished with a stain and varnish (applied with cloth in 3 coats).

In the end, very happy. My surprise is that in key details the one I built looks better than the CostCo versions. Everything fits tight with mine. But with the RTA, there are slight gaps everywhere and they bevel all the edges --- I'm guessing so that inaccuracies in manufacture or assembly aren't as visible.

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