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Hi all, my name is Debbie and I live in Atikokan, Ontario. I recently bought myself the  kreg jig kit (M4) and am very excited to start building stuff. I have never used a pocket hole , nor have I ever made anything that actually came out square.  I have good intentions and know what I'd "like" it to look like, but that remains a work in progress. I am very good at making a mess and have a rather nice pile of sacrificial wood that didn't quite "measure: up to its original plan. 

I do plan to change that, and am very much looking forward to picking your brains on what is what in the yard of sawdust and splinters.

I firmly believe there is no such thing as a stupid question, but its quite possible for me to ask something that is probably self explanatory to most of you....just not me. A carpenter I am not, but I do want to learn.

See ya's all on the boards,

Debbie.

 

Hi Debbie, just remember every time you miscut a peice of wood you only created more lumber for a smaller project. If it wasn't for the Kreg jig I would never have been this involved in wood working. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask on this site, there are so many people that are more than to willing to help

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome, I too am a new memberand have made quite a few scraps peices myself. I have learned to measure twice and cut once. Good luck on your newley discovered kreg jig tool and happy cutting.

Debora Cadene said:

Hi all, my name is Debbie and I live in Atikokan, Ontario. I recently bought myself the  kreg jig kit (M4) and am very excited to start building stuff. I have never used a pocket hole , nor have I ever made anything that actually came out square.  I have good intentions and know what I'd "like" it to look like, but that remains a work in progress. I am very good at making a mess and have a rather nice pile of sacrificial wood that didn't quite "measure: up to its original plan. 

I do plan to change that, and am very much looking forward to picking your brains on what is what in the yard of sawdust and splinters.

I firmly believe there is no such thing as a stupid question, but its quite possible for me to ask something that is probably self explanatory to most of you....just not me. A carpenter I am not, but I do want to learn.

See ya's all on the boards,

Debbie.

 

Hi - I would like to welcome you both to the community.

IMHO, one of the major keys to successful pocket hole joinery, is the ability to make your cuts square and true. The screws pull the mating pieces up tightly together so even a slight angle can result in a significant error.

Hello, my name is Jan Nahorski from Joliet, IL.  I am about 5-6 years away from retirement and want to start filling out my woodworking shop. I am going to concentrate on scroll sawing small projects for my family and building Kreg jig furniture for re-sale.  I want to emphasize how strong my pieces are because of the pocket hole joinery used and how practical they are.  I would appreciate hearing from anyone with advice on getting started  with my Kreg jig toward that purpose.  I know about all the plans on this site and on YouTube for wood pieces utilizing the Kreg jig but is there others that I should know about?   What about wood sources?  Finishing ideas? I am like a dry sponge wanting to absorb it all so I hope to hear from you all.

Jan,

There's much info contained in the Kreg Community Forum Topics.

Peruse these to start with.

Categories

By the time you get ready to retire, you should have all the info you need.

Also, there is a search field, in the upper RH corners of this page.

Just enter a word or phase, press ''enter'', and WALLA!---

more info available than Kreg screws in their warehouse.

Hello Jan, welcome. I have a few websites I go to when it comes to finding projects to do. Here are a few.

http://www.thedesignconfidential.com/plan-index this one I just found attached to the Kreg Jig website.

http://www.myrepurposedlife.com/ this one is a good one as well.

http://ana-white.com/ This is a great website, she helps out in a lot of ways.

http://www.reuserepurposeupcycle.com/ I use the pictures to get great ideas about how to arrange and paint the items I redo.

I hope these will help you in you quest to keep busy upon your retirement. Godd luck and remember, measure twice,cut once.

Frank

 



Jan W. Nahorski said:

Hello, my name is Jan Nahorski from Joliet, IL.  I am about 5-6 years away from retirement and want to start filling out my woodworking shop. I am going to concentrate on scroll sawing small projects for my family and building Kreg jig furniture for re-sale.  I want to emphasize how strong my pieces are because of the pocket hole joinery used and how practical they are.  I would appreciate hearing from anyone with advice on getting started  with my Kreg jig toward that purpose.  I know about all the plans on this site and on YouTube for wood pieces utilizing the Kreg jig but is there others that I should know about?   What about wood sources?  Finishing ideas? I am like a dry sponge wanting to absorb it all so I hope to hear from you all.

Jan,

Here's a resourceful book on Pocket Hole Joinery.

The Pocket-Hole Drilling Jig Book

Frank & Ken,  THANK YOU!  It is gratifying to know that we have a dependable source to help with our 'newbie' questions.  I really think that simple furniture and knick knacks that are built with pocket hole joinery techniques are what I want to concentrate on and I promise that after I get started and become more experienced I will give back to this site in the form of pictures, plans and tips. Thank You again.

Jan

Jan,

I'd suggest starting with making simple stuff---

objects that you can use around the house;

such as step stools, benches, planter boxes, shadow boxes, shelving, book cases, and the like.
These can be made using simple tools and economical materials, that can be painted or stained.

This will give you a good start into using Kreg Pocket Hole Joinery, before venturing into making furniture.

Start now---get the practice out of the way---don't wait 'til you retire---

lots of water will go over the spillway by then.

Have fun making sawdust and building.

Jan,

PS---there's a Rockler store in Schaumburg, that is well stocked with Kreg products.

Check their ''demo'' schedule---pocket hole joinery is frequently offered.

If it's not on the schedule, just call them and ask for it.

They're very accommodating.

Ken,

Thanks so much.  That's what I plan to do exactly-small,simple but practical things at first. Thanks for the lead about the Rockler store in Schaumburg-I definitely will check out their demo schedule.  I also think there is a Rockler store in Tinley Park but I'm not sure.  I check that out also.

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