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Hello, my name is Jerry and I live in Manitoba, Canada.

I haven't really done any wood working since I was in high school.  When I discovered the Kreg pocket hole tool, I thought I would give this a try and see what I could do.

Welcome Jerry from Manitoba. I'm sure as you use your kreg tools you'll find them to be as useful as most of us do. Happy sawdust days to you.

Hi, I’m a married father, approaching 60, who is just starting out in learning about woodworking. I live in a townhouse and subsequently have a small 18 X 15 foot workshop in my basement. This space also must be used for other purposes at times. I bought a ShopSmith 3-4 years ago, and am trying to learn how to use it when I get some rare time to myself. I am an electrician (so I have enough power for the tools LOL). I recently (last Saturday) got the Kreg K5 pocket hole jig. THIS IS FUN! I have made our son a Boston Bruins corn hole game, have done some minor scroll saw work, and am currently trying to make a manger for my brother (long story) On a couple of other forums I’m on, they keep saying ‘We like pictures” so I’m gonna try to post a couple here. Thanks for having me.  :)

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My name is Steve and I just bought a new house in Polk City, Iowa. I will have a lot of shelves and storage cabinets to build for my garage this winter.
Arthur I also use shoesmith which model do you have

Hello, my name is Sandy and I live in NH. I am new to woodworking. The first project I built was a mobile workbench. There was definitely some trial and error but I finished and wanted to try more. My second project is a 4 tier shelving unit for my workshop. I finished it yesterday and am pleased with the outcome. I used my newly purchased Kreg K5 pocket hole jig on both projects. I had some problems on the shelving unit. My Kreg screws pocked through the wood on a few of the joints. I double checked the plans I used and I followed the directions. Not sure what I am doing wrong. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Here is my a pic of the workbench.

Sandra Eynon said:

Hello, my name is Sandy and I live in NH. I am new to woodworking. The first project I built was a mobile workbench. There was definitely some trial and error but I finished and wanted to try more. My second project is a 4 tier shelving unit for my workshop. I finished it yesterday and am pleased with the outcome. I used my newly purchased Kreg K5 pocket hole jig on both projects. I had some problems on the shelving unit. My Kreg screws pocked through the wood on a few of the joints. I double checked the plans I used and I followed the directions. Not sure what I am doing wrong. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Hello and welcome Sandra,

In relation to your question about screws poking through.

The reason screws may poke through relate to either being the incorrect size (too long) or you are overdriving them, (meaning drivig the heads into and beyond the bottom of the counterbore.

There is an easy way to check the length, after drilling put a screw in the pocket hole and check with the mating material how much penetration the screw tip has. (BTW you can Use similar scrap to do this test).

If all is good there they are being over driven.

Have a look at the Kreg charts on this site showing the screw choices  using screw with similar or dissimilar materials it may assist.

We always enjoy a picture or two Arthur, especially when its a impressive basement like that for your saw.

Arthur Fleming said:

Hi, I’m a married father, approaching 60, who is just starting out in learning about woodworking. I live in a townhouse and subsequently have a small 18 X 15 foot workshop in my basement. This space also must be used for other purposes at times. I bought a ShopSmith 3-4 years ago, and am trying to learn how to use it when I get some rare time to myself. I am an electrician (so I have enough power for the tools LOL). I recently (last Saturday) got the Kreg K5 pocket hole jig. THIS IS FUN! I have made our son a Boston Bruins corn hole game, have done some minor scroll saw work, and am currently trying to make a manger for my brother (long story) On a couple of other forums I’m on, they keep saying ‘We like pictures” so I’m gonna try to post a couple here. Thanks for having me.  :)

I bought a Mark 7, actually used the under table shaper for the first time today. I am learning by making my share of mistakes (ok, maybe more than my share LOL). I am having a lot of fun, when I can find some shop time. Which version do you use?

Al Baker said:

Arthur I also use shoesmith which model do you have

Very nice job on the bench. We live in Pepperell Ma., borders Hollis/Nashua, dunno how close we may be.

Sandra Eynon said:

Here is my a pic of the workbench.

Sandra Eynon said:

Hello, my name is Sandy and I live in NH. I am new to woodworking. The first project I built was a mobile workbench. There was definitely some trial and error but I finished and wanted to try more. My second project is a 4 tier shelving unit for my workshop. I finished it yesterday and am pleased with the outcome. I used my newly purchased Kreg K5 pocket hole jig on both projects. I had some problems on the shelving unit. My Kreg screws pocked through the wood on a few of the joints. I double checked the plans I used and I followed the directions. Not sure what I am doing wrong. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you.

thanks for the reply. I am probably over driving the screws. I think I may need some practice on scrap wood to get the technique down. I will also take a look at the charts with screw choices and material. 

Robert Brennan said:

Hello and welcome Sandra,

In relation to your question about screws poking through.

The reason screws may poke through relate to either being the incorrect size (too long) or you are overdriving them, (meaning drivig the heads into and beyond the bottom of the counterbore.

There is an easy way to check the length, after drilling put a screw in the pocket hole and check with the mating material how much penetration the screw tip has. (BTW you can Use similar scrap to do this test).

If all is good there they are being over driven.

Have a look at the Kreg charts on this site showing the screw choices  using screw with similar or dissimilar materials it may assist.

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