Kreg Owners' Community

First project of the year. Face frames for 2 cabinets I'm building. My very first cabinet last year came out perfect, this year not so good. I'm using 1x2 Poplar and course screws. The styles split when the screw went in. The only thing I'm doing different is using a new Makita Impact driver I got. Last year I used the drill/driver and had no spliting. Did I over drive the screws or did I just get a different quality of wood. I'm assuming Poplar is a soft wood so the course screws. Was that wrong? What did I do....?

Views: 179

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Hi Steve - I would guess the impact driver is more than a tad robust. I admit I use one on occasion but I'm generally in a construction mode joining 2x4's. On 1x  stuff I use the cordless with a clutch setting around 12-15 out of 28. Coarse screws are OK for poplar, that's what we used at the furniture factory I worked at.
Loose the impact driver; use a drill/driver, with an adjustable clutch setting.
Thanks guys. That's kinda what I was thinking. I even did a test piece first and it split, but I went ahead and used it anyway. Duh... What kind of logic is that, huh? :-)

Reply to Discussion


Need Help?

For Technical Support, please call 800-447-8638 or send a message. Reps are available Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm CST. 


  • Add Videos
  • View All


Pantry slides for heavy application

  Recently purchased two 96" tall pantry cabinets that are 23" deep that only came with two adjustable shelves and two fixed, (one at about 55" and one at the very bottom).  Shelf holes in the walls are drilled 2" O.C.  Like most store-bought…Continue

Tags: drawer, slides, pantry, pull-out, 75-Lb

Started by Paul Coon in General Woodworking Aug 11.

Miter Saw Recommendation 1 Reply

I’m looking to upgrade my miter saw. I’m willing to invest a good amount of money to get one with the precision pocket hole joinery requires. Would anyone like to offer a recommended model?

Started by Joe Racz in Beginners' Zone. Last reply by Scott Davison Oct 6.

Product Reviews

New Kreg 720Pro

I saw the video Kreg put out for this new jig and had high hopes for it.

I purchased one today and am very disappointed with it.

First the docking station is extremely cheap. The plastic is pathetic. A Lego has more…


Posted by Duke Leon on February 15, 2021 at 9:00pm

Not Pleased With Pocket Hole Construction

Several months ago, I purchased the Kreg K4MS so that I could build the Lego Table as outlined on the companion "buildsomething" web site which exclusively uses pocket hole construction.  I have considerable experience with conventional…


Posted by Robert Ringel on September 17, 2020 at 1:48pm — 8 Comments

© 2021   Created by KregRep.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Service