I've never written a blog before so I hope this is how it's supposed to be done.
I purchased the Kreg K3 Master System
a short time back. I have now completed 2 of the bookcases that are available on the Kreg site. I found it necessary to modify the dimensions some on the 2nd case so that it would fit into a particular niche in our kitchen.
As I worked these two projects I found that I was in "need" of precise cuts on the various pieces of lumber. So, I decided to invest in the Kreg Precision Trak & Stops kit
. I purchased said kit from one of Kreg's authorized merchants. I'll include the name and hopefully it won't be edited out -- www.hardwaresales.com
They had the Kit on sale, free shipping, and I also had a 5% discount coupon. Pretty sweet!!!!
Now, of course, I had to build the Fence / Table
to mount the Kit
on. Since I don't have a true workshop, I had to make it portable and clamp it to my bench in the garage. I decided to use Melamine shelving as the "lumber" because it was straight, slick, and not too heavy. Portability made weight a concern.
I purchased 1 piece of shelving measuring 3/4" x 11 3/4" x 49". From this, I was able to get all the necessary pieces of material. My "Table" and "Floor" each are 48" by 5 1/2". The spacers between the Table and Floor are 2" tall. When adding all these together we get 3 1/2", which is the height of my Miter Saw's table. The rear Fence
must be some 2 1/4" above the Table surface. So, it is 5 3/4" tall.
Included with the Precision Trak & Stops Kit
was a diagram showing how to use pocket hole joinery and some "regular" screwing together of pieces. I followed their example and the photos will show how it turned out for me.
I do realize that each time I remove it from my bench and then replace it, I will have to double check the exact measurements prior to starting my project. That, to me, is a small price to pay in order to be able to cut EVERY
piece the exact same dimension and not need a ruler & pencil to do it.
I took some photos of the finished Fence / Table
with the Kit
installed. I will include them here: