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Hello Kreg Family! My name is Harley and I'm from Birmingham Alabama. My father was a carpenter so naturally I have a passion for working with wood. I started out early in my life around the age of 11 helping my father. In the summer around 13 or 14 yrs old, my mother and I would take him lunch. He would come to the car to eat and I would go grab his tool belt and fasten it as tight as I possibly could; climb the ladder and start driving felt caps into the felt paper they had already installed. I was hooked. I spent my 20's remodeling kitchens and bathrooms. It wasn't until the age of 28 that I got into cabinet making. I spent the next two years @ Wallace State Community College building cabinets and furniture. I was in love with our Kreg pocket hole machine. I used pocket holes for everything until we learned how to use a mortise and tenon. My skills advanced rapidly, mainly because of my experience. I couldn't get enough.
I recently purchased the Kreg Jig R3; a face clamp; feather board and a top track; also from Kreg. That is where I found this website. I think this is an awesome opportunity for me to connect with other ppl in woodworking and share things and also learn more about Kreg and their amazing products. A big thanks ahead of time for everything. I look forward to seeing some awesome projects, helping out in any way I can and sharing my knowledge and projects also. Happy building everyone and remember; SAFETY FIRST!!!!!

Hello all!! My name is adrian and I'm from NC. I've been in the process of remodeling my home and came across the kreg products and are currently using a few jigs for this remodel! Nice to meet you all!

Hi, all.  My name is Roy, and I live in Saskatoon, Canada and I spend the winter in Mesa, Arizona.  I've been building things out of wood, plastic and metal for most of my 73 years.  Anyone remember Lincoln Logs and Meccano sets?  I had 'em all at a very young age.  I now live in a condo building that has a fairly large workshop that gives me a place to work with other like-minded neighbors.  It is equipped with somewhat mediocre equipment, but it gets the job done.

Pocket hole joinery isn't new, but I didn't pay attention until I was remodeling some built-in cabinets in the 5th wheel RV that was our summer getaway rig and winter home.  I was amazed by how strong and flush the joints stayed with just a couple of screws and no glue.  And that's saying something for cabinets in an RV that gets pulled on some very bumpy roads at times.  They are subject to stresses that home-installed cabinets don't experience.

Reading some older woodworking magazines left in our workshop, I discovered there are jigs available to make these joints happen, and last winter I discovered Kregs products in the Lowes in Mesa.  My daughter-in-law asked me to build a unique piece of furniture for her home, and given the logistics of the project, I knew that pocket holes combined with other joinery would do the trick.  So I went to my local Lowes and picked up an R3 system for the project.  As I continued to design how I would build this, I realized that the R3 might not be what I really need, so I took it back and bought the K4 Master System.  I'm glad I made the switch because the extra features and pieces in the K4 made things much easier.

The project is done, and it worked very well.  A write-up will be posted in the Projects section in a short while.

Now I'm taking the K4 with me to Mesa for the winter.  I sold the RV last March and bought a Park Model trailer with an add-on, and renovations were started.  I took a cabinet apart to remodel it, and as soon as it came away from the wall it literally fell apart into a bunch of components.  The frame was assembled with old corrugated fasteners, which my Dad used to call "wiggle-nails".  Very poor workmanship, even for a trailer-type of home!  Well, that cabinet is going back together with Kreg pocket hole screws, and it will be stronger than ever.  And I have a bunch of other renos and modifications planned, so the K4 will be well-used over the winter.

While "lurking" on this site for a month or so, I scanned every project the members have posted, and looked carefully at the ones that caught my eye.  I will be adding comments to some of them that have inspired my creativity, and I appreciate the time and effort that all the members have spent so others can learn and enjoy.  Thank you.  I hope to return the favor in the coming months.

Well written and at your age still doing these jobs. Hope I'm that agile when I get there. Here in Down Under it's slightly warmer so I must go find your type of winter to do these projects it seems as most of the time I wipe the sweat out of my eye's working in confined spaces even in winter. Good on you, Roger

Roy Coulman said:

Hi, all.  My name is Roy, and I live in Saskatoon, Canada and I spend the winter in Mesa, Arizona.  I've been building things out of wood, plastic and metal for most of my 73 years.  Anyone remember Lincoln Logs and Meccano sets?  I had 'em all at a very young age.  I now live in a condo building that has a fairly large workshop that gives me a place to work with other like-minded neighbors.  It is equipped with somewhat mediocre equipment, but it gets the job done.

Pocket hole joinery isn't new, but I didn't pay attention until I was remodeling some built-in cabinets in the 5th wheel RV that was our summer getaway rig and winter home.  I was amazed by how strong and flush the joints stayed with just a couple of screws and no glue.  And that's saying something for cabinets in an RV that gets pulled on some very bumpy roads at times.  They are subject to stresses that home-installed cabinets don't experience.

Reading some older woodworking magazines left in our workshop, I discovered there are jigs available to make these joints happen, and last winter I discovered Kregs products in the Lowes in Mesa.  My daughter-in-law asked me to build a unique piece of furniture for her home, and given the logistics of the project, I knew that pocket holes combined with other joinery would do the trick.  So I went to my local Lowes and picked up an R3 system for the project.  As I continued to design how I would build this, I realized that the R3 might not be what I really need, so I took it back and bought the K4 Master System.  I'm glad I made the switch because the extra features and pieces in the K4 made things much easier.

The project is done, and it worked very well.  A write-up will be posted in the Projects section in a short while.

Now I'm taking the K4 with me to Mesa for the winter.  I sold the RV last March and bought a Park Model trailer with an add-on, and renovations were started.  I took a cabinet apart to remodel it, and as soon as it came away from the wall it literally fell apart into a bunch of components.  The frame was assembled with old corrugated fasteners, which my Dad used to call "wiggle-nails".  Very poor workmanship, even for a trailer-type of home!  Well, that cabinet is going back together with Kreg pocket hole screws, and it will be stronger than ever.  And I have a bunch of other renos and modifications planned, so the K4 will be well-used over the winter.

While "lurking" on this site for a month or so, I scanned every project the members have posted, and looked carefully at the ones that caught my eye.  I will be adding comments to some of them that have inspired my creativity, and I appreciate the time and effort that all the members have spent so others can learn and enjoy.  Thank you.  I hope to return the favor in the coming months.

Hi, My name is Miroslav and live in Belgium. I have been building a 2 family house together with my brother for the last couple Years. We build in brick and concrete so it's a bit different than the way houses are build in the US. I am planning to do most of the finish carpentry myself, that's how I found out about Kreg and it's products. I do have some probably odd questions. I can't figure out the reason why, when You are making a face frame kitchen cabinet with inset doors... that You have a overlap of Your face frame on the inside of the cabinet. Wouldn't it be a lot easier for installing hinges... if the face frame would be flush with the inside of the box and have a overlap on the outside of the cabinet, to keep the same visual effect. Is there a reason why there should be overlap on the inside or is this something everyone does without asking the reason behind it. I hope You understand what I am trying to say.

Thanks for the answer,

Miroslav

Hello and welcome Miroslav,

Here is what my opinion is:-

Kitchen cupboards usually do not have a face frames fitted to them, the front doors are hinged via euro hinges directly to the side wall/s of the "box".

Face frames are usually for drawer type furniture but there is no reason why you could not use them with cupboards, you would then be able to hinge them onto the face frame.

However if the outer edges were not flush you would have to add an additional filler frame to align them and close up the space.

You may wish to have a look a David Deans work he shows the construction details in the projects he builds and it may be of assistance, otherwise if Jay Bouwell is about he may see your post and add some professional cabinet making knowledge.

Hi my name is Steve and I live in Oregon. I was in construction for 35 years and have recently retired. I have always built things but still consider myself a newbie to woodworking. I've recently purchased a home built in 1920 with a lot of old woodwork. Most of it is in need of repair as it has warped over the years. I hope to repair it using the Kreg jig to straighten the joints and make them stronger. I look forward to learning and contributing to this community.

Hey Dom, don't we meet the strangest people on theses forms?  This is Fred. I guess your guy that made throwing stations must have gone on. I have been woodworking for many years. If there is anything I can do to assist you in setting up your shop, please let me know. I have the Festool TS55 corded saw.  It is a very nice saw. Festool also makes a battery model, not sure what the # on that is.  I f you combine the MFT table from festool with their Ts55 you can almost do without a table saw.

Dom Loriggio said:

Hello, my name is Dom and I have started to make tables that I use to have made from a few Mill Shops that I sell in my company. The Mill Shops never could get the product to me on time, so I have taken to doing them myself. It gave me a good excuse to build the woodworking shop I always wanted

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Hi Fred,

Man it was great hearing from you a few minutes ago. I should have remembered that my old friend was an expert woodworker! That writing table in these pictures are just a magnificent piece of work! I hope someday to be as good in wood working as you are!

Good day to all you Kregers,

My name is Jason and I'm from South Africa! Came across the Kreg jigs while doing some research on building kitchen cabinets. So I decided to go ahead and purchase the Kreg K5 pocket-hole jig and right angle clamp and use pocket-holes to assemble the cabinets. So glad I did as these suckers got put together so quickly and easily.

BTW: this was the first real woodworking project I've taken on :/ I will post some before and still in progress pictures of the kitchen in the projects section.

I do have some additional projects lined up like a walk-in closet and fireplace surround.

Thanks also for all your ideas! I'm liking some of those projects. May add some to my to-do list

Cheers :)

Hi all, My name is Rick and I live in Portsmouth in the UK. I'm a newbie to woodworking but have made my own media cabinet and bookshelf in the last month. Totally addicted and have purchased a tonne of makita tools and lumber to keep on creating.

Look forward to seeing others projects and sharing experiences.

Have fun :)

Hello, My name is Michael. I live in southern Minnesota. I am retired now, so I can pursue some of the hobbies that I enjoy. My main project right now is restoring a vintage travel trailer. I have built new cupboards inside and used pocket hole joinery and biscuit joints with glue through out. I wanted my joints to stay solid and not come apart when she rolls down the road. I have also done a considerable amount of cupboard work.

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