I just today saw the plan for the storage unit. I wish I would have seen this before this past weekend. I made a Kreg workspace. It is simply a 1' by 2' piece of birch plywood with miter bars attached to the bottom. I can slide it on my tablesaw (fence removed, and blade lowered). It makes for a nice surface to drill pocket holes. I was happy with the results.
Then I saw this plan...
Now I want a shelf on mine. I think I'm going to use what I've already got as the top and then make the rest of it.
One question. On the plan it says to use the MicroJig. I don't yet have one. Will the normal jig work?
Here's a picture of the workspace I made for my Kreg. The only thing I need to do is make miter slots for it so it is held steady on my table saw. Since I got a dang Craftsman table saw, it doesn't use standard miter slots sizes, so I have to make mine. I haven't been able to find any pre-made ones that work.
I want to add the drawer like on the Kreg plan. Maybe another weekend. It sure would be nice to have the drill bits and screws sitting right there also.
I used 3/4" ply as I had some left from another project.
Thanks for the info guys. It makes sense. I was just confused as my normal jig has a 1/2" setting. But I understand now.
I built the storage unit out of scrap 3/4" plywood--it's heavier, of course, but that's the only problem. But before I did that I checked with Kreg, since the master unit has a 1/2" position, which, I was told, will work fine, using, of course the right screws. I just have to get the track and another material stop. Final report: my storage unit does the job and looks (I think) neatly done.
Good luck with yours.
one change I'd make is to hide as many of the screw pockets as I could. At least the top or bottom pockets could be done inside to cut down on dust.
I have an old jig. wish I had a dust collector attachment. always a concern since I have asthma.
Glad to know of the microjig. I do a bunch of work in 1/2" mahogany, cherry, & maple ply. 2 jigs set for the right size would save me time.
The smart thing is collaboration. My father, a homebuilder, recognised it. He gave bonuses for good ideas that saved time without sacrificing quality. I think it was Joni Mitchell who said 2 heads are better than one.
Wish I would have joined this group years ago. I've learned a bunch.
Cornerstones of my shop are 10" contractor saw, 12" mitre saw (didn't have the $ for a sliding one), cordless drill & impact driver set, finish nail gun, and _of_course_ the Kreg jig. Plus a few hand tools, just a few. ;-)