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Combination Squares
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How to chose a combination square for workshop measurements…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Glendening Oct 21, 2015.

Kreg Screws--How to Choose
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Very useful info for all to pursue.  The info contained herein will answer most questions that one may have in using pocket-hole joinery.…Continue

Tags: Kreg, hole, pocket, screws

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ken Darga Nov 5, 2014.

Featured Photos?
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Hmmmm---A power boat???What's next OLD SHOES?What's with the photos of objects that have nothing to do with wood-working, skill building, or the use of KREG tools to build a product?GEEZ---what's…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jay Boutwell Nov 6, 2014.

Kreg Track Saw & Rip Guide
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I'd like to see Kreg offer such as product.Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Metcalf Apr 30, 2014.


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Ken Darga replied to Igor's discussion 'Kreg Jig K3 defect or not?'
"For Technical Support, call 800-447-8638 "
Feb 12, 2018
Ken Darga replied to Michael Meyer's discussion 'What is it?'
Feb 4, 2018
Ken Darga replied to KregRep's discussion 'Introducing the Kreg® System Organizer!'
"Scott, If you just have a small amount of clamps, they  store nicely in a 5gal bucket. If I could put all the clamps, I use, in one container, I couldn't lift or carry it. I store my all my clamps in a separate containers. Each type in a…"
Feb 1, 2018
Ken Darga replied to Trent's discussion '2x4 help'
"Trent, PS---get that job done quickly and head to Saguaro Lake for some crappie fishing.  "
Jan 30, 2018
Ken Darga replied to Trent's discussion '2x4 help'
"Screws 1-1/4" long. Pocket hold drill guide---set for 3/4" stock. Drill the pocket holes in the 2x4 stock. Route the screw thru the pocket hole into the 3/4" material."
Jan 30, 2018
Ken Darga replied to Michael Meyer's discussion 'Substitute for right angle clamps'
"Insert the"tip" of a wire brad, 1/16 to 1/8" inch into the wood surface, using a brad pusher or a small tap hammer Next---use "diagonal" cutting pliers--- place the flat side of the plier on the wood surface, with the pliers…"
Jan 28, 2018
Ken Darga replied to Michael Meyer's discussion 'Substitute for right angle clamps'
"Place "snippets" of wire brads between the joined members, so as to increase resistance to slippage of the joints when clamping and assembly.  WorksForMe."
Jan 28, 2018
Ken Darga replied to Michael Meyer's discussion 'Substitute for right angle clamps'
"Use bar or pipe clamps."
Jan 28, 2018
Ken Darga replied to Doc JL's discussion 'Solid wood plugs too short?'
"I wouldn't push them in until it "bottoms out"---it's not necessary. It's intended as a "plug", as the name implies, to close the hole.   Just push the plug in---leave enough material extending above the…"
Jan 15, 2018
Ken Darga replied to Jack Julius's discussion 'New here...'
"CLear packaging tape will suffice---cover the areas that the saw will ride on. Whe complete, just lift and peel off the tape.  "
Dec 17, 2017
Ken Darga replied to Jack Julius's discussion 'New here...'
"Look into the mini angle circular saws, that uses 3-1/2 to 4" blades. Also a good jig saw, may suit your needs.   You won't be able to make the cut up tagent to an inside corner, with either; however, you could finish the cut…"
Dec 17, 2017
Ken Darga replied to daddywoofdawg's discussion 'Pocket hole tearout'
"Drill the pocket hole as shown in "B". The screw should be directed "INWARD", away from the edge. When a screw is directed toward the OUTSIDE edge, as in "A", it may blow thru.  Make some tests with the drill…"
Dec 10, 2017
Ken Darga commented on Kent Martzan's photo


Nov 7, 2017
Ken Darga replied to Brian Briggs's discussion 'What kind of drill should I buy?'
"For homeowner use, occasional and as well as some light to med-duty construction tasks, the RYOBI line is a good choice, and they're affordable. If one fails, after the warranty expires, it's not that costly to replace. Replacement cost…"
Oct 24, 2017
Ken Darga replied to Lefty's discussion 'OnoPlywood drawers'
"Lefty, I'd suggest calling Kreg Tech Support 800-447-8638 explain the problems your having, perhaps they may have an answer. I'd suggest that the screws, when installed, are directed away from the edge of the drawer member,…"
Oct 22, 2017
Ken Darga replied to Philip Miller's discussion 'Type of Wood?'
"Philip, It appears to me, to be knotty pine. Red Cedar would make for a beautiful blanket chest."
Oct 21, 2017

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Which Kreg products do you own?
Kreg Jig®, Kreg Jig® Master System, Kreg Jig® Jr., Micro-Pocket Drill Guide
How would you describe yourself?
Advanced DIY'er
What's one interesting fact about you, your life, your garage, shop, or home?
Darga's WoodWerkX, fishing and hunting.

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At 5:02pm on September 30, 2014, Bill Fleming said…

Sorry I did not see the expired date

At 10:10pm on August 31, 2014, Todd said…
Thank you Ken for the suggestions I was actually trying to decide between the K4 and the K5 but was leaning towards the K4, I've got the basic frame design for my work bench and I'm probably going to use metal diamond plate but the ladder for shelves idea I am definitely doing and also the fire hydrant water dispenser those were great ideas that I'll definitely use and I was going to put an emblem on it but was going to paint it but your idea to chisel it is a much better way to do it. Thank you for the ideas I just can't wait to be able to start making my bench at least I'll have a few months to design it while my arm heals.
At 1:47pm on February 3, 2014, Harold Caffey said…

Hello Ken, I am enjoying wood working and I see that you do as well. Thanks for accepting my invitation of friendship.  Have a great day.

At 11:32am on December 29, 2013, michael evans said…

Hi ken ,what I thought would be good to have a couple of links that took you straight too jigs ,and there making step by step.Preferable in the other great links box ,go steady ken .

At 4:59am on December 9, 2013, michael evans said…

Hi ken thanks for the friend request . Its nice to hear your back ,and we can pick at your knowledge go steady mick.

At 9:30am on August 12, 2013, Cecil W Ott said…

Yes it does , but no it is counter top edge remenant . thanks for consern I have several different patterns   of this material .I ve made several kitcheen stands and islands of this different material. Find it at Menards in the shelving department advertised as discontinued shelving. Very nice and cheap material.  thanks  Cecil

At 3:19pm on October 11, 2012, Jamey Sulser said…

Thanks for the compliment.


At 6:04pm on March 21, 2012, Jay Boutwell said…

Thanks for the offer as I know we can share alot of information.  It is an honor to except your friendship.


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Constructing an island benchtop

G'day,I am a new member to the forum, although I have had the pocket jointer for a number of years, I just didn't get around to joining you.Anyhow - my wife and I are in the process of downsizing [in fact we are currently building our 3rd "Last…Continue

Started by Peter Watkins in General Woodworking yesterday.

New to K5 and pocket holes, any video’s on the materials listed below?

I am using Danny Proulx book on shop workstations. I am deciding whether to use MDF or Melamine. He calls for MDF. However; I like the looks of the melamine.  I am a little leery of using pocket holes for it. One of the main reasons is I have no…Continue

Started by Michael Lusk in Beginners' Zone May 24.

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K5 Review

I really like the k5 it is faster to change from different size of screws. I hesitated to update because of some of the reviews about the dust collection hook up. That to me one of the improvements it works perfect no dust to cleanup .…


Posted by Gary roofner on April 5, 2019 at 10:02am

Merry Christmas r3

 Hi all Santa left me one under the tree the elf thar made it must have had a bad morning because one gray tab is metric and the other one is imperial help Santa what do I do

thanks Eric 

Posted by Eric Kershaw on January 8, 2019 at 6:27pm — 1 Comment

Kreg Project Center Work Station

The Kreg Project Center is great by itself, but 2 KPC's are better than 1 when you want to set up a 12 ft. work station in a couple minutes.…


Posted by Glenn Revheim on April 5, 2018 at 5:57am — 5 Comments

Festool Domino 500

The first thing I will do is set price aside and focus on the tool and why I bought the Domino. 

      I have orders for a few dining tables and chairs.  I have made one prototype chair, while I have all the tools to make angled…


Posted by justin waldron on April 2, 2018 at 5:46am — 2 Comments

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