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Hi All, I am not new to woodworking but I am new to trying to make nice things.

My woodworking in the past has all been about working on the lathe and hammering together a quick box or such. I am more of a metal man and enjoy welding, milling and generally create stuff from metal. 

Lately I am working with wood more and more and have realised that woodworking needs the same amount of detail and precision as metal work. Now that I can make pocket joints, all of a sudden I see a need for cabinets all over the place. 

So, I am looking forward to see what you guys come up with and what I can learn. 

Lykle

Hi, my name is Tim and I live in Washington State.  I'm getting back into woodworking after a long hiatus.  I've had a few projects come up over the last year or two to help my wife's mother (cabinet, deck rail, steps, deck box/bench) and a shed for my lawn & garden tools.  I've started on a new work bench with the goal of no visible fasteners.  I was going to use biscuits, dadoes & dowels. I've seen the Kreg joining system, but didn't that it would be solid enough.  I talked to a woodworking friend who just bought a second set.  I picked up the K4 Master set on the way home that day and put it to the test.  I joined a piece of scrap 3/4 ply to a rabbeted 2x4 with two pocket holes and 1-1/4 inch Kreg screws.  I used it for a mallet, beat it pretty good.  The joint not only held, but didn't loosen at all.  

The workbench is progressing and coming out very nicely, thanks to the Kreg jig.

Welcome back Tim,

Fancy even bothering to test the Kreg Jig jointing capacity,and that was after talking to you woodworking friend, what gives? did you not trust what he told you?

Any way glad to see more termites having fun with wood.

Now more importantly about that bike !!

Thanks Robert.  

I did trust him, which is why I bought the Kreg.  He had not used it for something that was going to take abuse like the workbench will.  He had used it for cabinets, a couple of pieces of furniture and decking.

My wife now calls my Delta table saw my mistress.

Ahh, the bike.  It is a 1998 Yamaha Virago 1100.  Sadly, Yamaha stopped making them in about 2000 and put the engine into their "Star" line.  I put almost 100K on it before I sold it.  I've been meaning to replace, but the appetite for wood has been keeping the wallet empty.

We must have similar life situations I had a XJ 750 many years ago I bought as a almost wreck rebuilt it and rode it untill it virtually wore out, it was an amazing bike tough and powerfull as !  I thought yours looked like an XJ!

My wife also refers to my woodworking activities as my mistress as well. uncanny!!

Tim Grace said:

Thanks Robert.  

I did trust him, which is why I bought the Kreg.  He had not used it for something that was going to take abuse like the workbench will.  He had used it for cabinets, a couple of pieces of furniture and decking.

My wife now calls my Delta table saw my mistress.

Ahh, the bike.  It is a 1998 Yamaha Virago 1100.  Sadly, Yamaha stopped making them in about 2000 and put the engine into their "Star" line.  I put almost 100K on it before I sold it.  I've been meaning to replace, but the appetite for wood has been keeping the wallet empty.

I had an XJ550 that I rebuilt from the ground up!  Not quite a basket case, but when I paid as much to get the frame straightened as I did the bike in its entirety, I started to wonder.  Spent less than 1 month on the rebuild and sold it to a friend several months later (I liked my XS400 better, even though I had to get off and push going up the mountains!)

Robert Brennan said:

We must have similar life situations I had a XJ 750 many years ago I bought as a almost wreck rebuilt it and rode it untill it virtually wore out, it was an amazing bike tough and powerfull as !  I thought yours looked like an XJ!

My wife also refers to my woodworking activities as my mistress as well. uncanny!!

Tim Grace said:

Thanks Robert.  

I did trust him, which is why I bought the Kreg.  He had not used it for something that was going to take abuse like the workbench will.  He had used it for cabinets, a couple of pieces of furniture and decking.

My wife now calls my Delta table saw my mistress.

Ahh, the bike.  It is a 1998 Yamaha Virago 1100.  Sadly, Yamaha stopped making them in about 2000 and put the engine into their "Star" line.  I put almost 100K on it before I sold it.  I've been meaning to replace, but the appetite for wood has been keeping the wallet empty.

Interesting Info was the XJ550 the turbo version, I have never seen or heard of a XS400 in Australia.

Psst I still have the original Penthouse Mag dated March 1981 cover price $2.50  with a review of the XJ 750, The Virago, The Maxim 650, and The Exciter 185, & 250 a total of 12 Pages would you believe!  all have the same style and looks  ( apart from the 185 and 250 were chain drive) I keep it for the Article tee hee!!

Tim Grace said:

I had an XJ550 that I rebuilt from the ground up!  Not quite a basket case, but when I paid as much to get the frame straightened as I did the bike in its entirety, I started to wonder.  Spent less than 1 month on the rebuild and sold it to a friend several months later (I liked my XS400 better, even though I had to get off and push going up the mountains!)

Robert Brennan said:

We must have similar life situations I had a XJ 750 many years ago I bought as a almost wreck rebuilt it and rode it untill it virtually wore out, it was an amazing bike tough and powerfull as !  I thought yours looked like an XJ!

My wife also refers to my woodworking activities as my mistress as well. uncanny!!

Tim Grace said:

Thanks Robert.  

I did trust him, which is why I bought the Kreg.  He had not used it for something that was going to take abuse like the workbench will.  He had used it for cabinets, a couple of pieces of furniture and decking.

My wife now calls my Delta table saw my mistress.

Ahh, the bike.  It is a 1998 Yamaha Virago 1100.  Sadly, Yamaha stopped making them in about 2000 and put the engine into their "Star" line.  I put almost 100K on it before I sold it.  I've been meaning to replace, but the appetite for wood has been keeping the wallet empty.

Hello, my name is Luis and I'm new to woodworking/small projects but ready to start using my new Kreg Jig. I've decided to start with some pallets to learn how to use the jig and go from there.

Looking forward to many projects!

Hi Luis,  I'm Jan from IL and I too am new to woodworking and the Kreg Jig. I completed my first project-the Kreg Workbench-using reclaimed lumber(Oak & Maple) from pallets I received for free. I posted three pics and the story in the Projects section of this website. Am working on the 8'x2' Work Bench from the Shanty2Chic website now, also with reclaimed lumber-Southern Yellow Pine. Good luck and just pick one thing out and do it step by step and before long you will feel more and more comfortable. Good Luck!

Jan, you were some lucky to receive those pallets!! Congrats!!

Hey...my name is Tammye and I live in NE Oklahoma. Very close to Oologah Lake, small but good fishing! I fell in love with woodworking when my Dad made a doll house for my daughter for Christmas. We made furniture for the doll house together. That was Christmas of 92, my dad died in July 93. I started working on collecting saws, tools, etc so I could someday have a "real" woodworking shop. That day is here! I LOVE KREG JIGS, TOOLS ETC. lol They truly make it so much easier for a beginner! I joined Kreg community for sharing my love of woodworking, but mainly for experience/learning from what others post. I need help with layout of my shop so it will be as functional as possible. I have a 12x20 barn style bldg. Would like to put a loft in each end of shop for wood storage etc. I have a band saw, mounted router, scroll saw, table sander, miter saw and table saw. I have a 10' counter top with 2 cabinets under it for support. Will be building everything else. NEED IDEAS! PLEASE HELP! lol Thanks!

Lots (and I mean LOTS!) of woodworking shop layout ideas on the internet! It boggles the mind how much there is. Good luck with your set up-seems like you have a great start already.

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