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Ronda McElroy
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  • South Wilmington, IL
  • United States
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Better strength
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Which would have more weight capacity a solid sheet of 3/4" plywood or a 3/4" sheet of plywood with 1 x 4 running through it? Possibly going to have the 1 X 4's under it but not sure if I want them…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elizabeth Leveques Dec 30, 2015.

Straight rabbets
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I am getting ready to build a shadow box coffee table, but am having issues with the rabbet edge to hold the glass.  Do I need to have a router table in order to get them straight?I do have a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ken Darga Feb 10, 2015.


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Ronda McElroy replied to ronnie chapman's discussion 'question on wheels'
"I got 4 heavy duty locking casters from Menards for mine. 2 swivel and 2 straight. Works great. Can lock in place when I don't want it to move and easily unlock when I need to push it around."
Dec 7, 2016
Ronda McElroy replied to Tim Grace's discussion 'Kreg sharpening service'
"If it is bent I would say scrap it and get a new one just to be safe."
Dec 7, 2016
Ronda McElroy replied to Kenny's discussion 'Plans'
"Easiest way to do that is to ask the person who posted it.  Generally plans are not included with posts, but most are more than happy to e-mail you either full plans or instructions. :)"
Nov 29, 2016
Ronda McElroy commented on Jessica's photo

Square Storage Ottoman

"you got it!  Well done!!"
Nov 29, 2016
Ronda McElroy replied to james wilhelm's discussion 'New plug cutter!!'
"Didn't even consider them as projectiles until now :)  Thanks for the tip! Looks like I will have to get the scroll saw back into action.  Was going to try to figure a way to do it with either my circular saw or the jig saw.  I…"
Nov 29, 2016
Ronda McElroy replied to Kenny's discussion 'Plans'
"Hi Kenny  There are loads of places to find plans. One of my favorite sites to start looking is there are literally thousands of step by step plans there.  Also, you should never feel stupid asking for plans for any…"
Nov 29, 2016
Ronda McElroy replied to james wilhelm's discussion 'New plug cutter!!'
"Hi Jim.  Glad to see the plug cutter is working out for you!  What method are you using to cut them loose? I haven't gotten mine yet, but am expecting to have it soon."
Nov 29, 2016
Ronda McElroy replied to Matthew Hinton's discussion 'Ana White daybed build question'
"For step 4 I use a router with a 1/4" straight bit starting from the bottom edge where I want the bottom of the drawer bottom to sit.  Do all of the drawer pieces at the same time to ensure that the placement on each groove is the same…"
May 6, 2016
Ronda McElroy replied to Matthew Hinton's discussion 'Ana White daybed build question'
"Hey Matthew.  I think you've got it!   A bit more explanation on what I would do (long winded - sorry) Step 1: On the 2x4 frame: Use 2 1/2"  pocket screws - set your base to the 1 1/2" setting. Step 1.1: Pre-drill…"
May 5, 2016
Ronda McElroy replied to Matthew Hinton's discussion 'Ana White daybed build question'
"Hi Matthew!   I know what you're saying about the plans!  I've tried using some and have spent hours trying to figure out: "just what does she mean there?"  or "am I missing something somewhere?" 1. I…"
May 3, 2016
Ronda McElroy replied to Patrick Willyard's discussion 'Universal Bench Top'
"Mine is a 3/4" plywood top with a laminate flooring - tile in a roll - glued onto it.  We used a metal banding that you would see on counter tops to finish the edges off.  If it gets too badly messed up, we can always just glue down…"
May 2, 2016
Ronda McElroy replied to Tommy TBones's discussion 'Wood Thickness'
"I use 1/4" sanded ply for the backs of things quite often.  Generally I will leave a rabbet edge 1/4" around where it will go and use glue and nails. This way you can "sink it in" to be flush with the back of the "real…"
May 2, 2016
Ronda McElroy replied to Tim Thomasson's discussion 'Screws coming through'
"  I've had that problem often with 2x stock and an edge joint. I would say back them out, put some wood filler in the receiving hole and glue in the pocket holes and change to 2" screws. This will help maintain the strength and give…"
May 2, 2016
Ronda McElroy replied to Jayson England's discussion 'Sheet Goods'
"Hey Jayson.  My shop is really basic.  I just use a circular saw and a line.  Some times (if enough space) I will clamp a level to the ply and try to run the saw down that as an edge, only problem with this one is sometimes you miss…"
Apr 5, 2016
Ronda McElroy commented on Tim Grace's photo

Zebrawood & Maple Box

"Looks good :)"
Mar 21, 2016
Ronda McElroy replied to Andrew Cicerello's discussion 'Coffee table plans'
"Hi Andrew.  You could always check  There are a lot of plans there with step by step directions. Happy building :)"
Mar 8, 2016

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Which Kreg products do you own?
Kreg Jig® Master System
How would you describe yourself?
Intermediate DIYer
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What's one interesting fact about you, your life, your garage, shop, or home?
Working on expanding my shop. New into furniture.

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At 3:33pm on April 9, 2015, Wayne Breaux said…

Thanks Ronda I'm trying to get situated in my new shop/shed.

At 10:05pm on March 6, 2015, Leslie Mitchell said…

Hi Ronda, did you by chanced see my discussion that I posted?

At 7:34pm on February 26, 2015, Brett Johnson said…

Foyer Bench Plans Ronda, let me know if this link works for the plans you asked me for.  -- Brett

At 9:19pm on February 10, 2015, james wilhelm said…

Hi Ronda , If you type in porter cable and the model # on the internet you may be able to get the instruction manual and down load it with a search !!!  And if you decide to use the table saw , please be careful and take your time !!  Also any information you get from JAY  will be very good and easy to understand  and if you have a question just ask  , he will answer them , he is very good and has been doing wood working for a long time!! I will also try to answer any questions you have to the best of my ability !!  Have a great day and be safe , JIM !!!

At 4:09pm on February 10, 2015, james wilhelm said…

HI Ronda, glad to have you as a friend on the site !!!  Do you have a table saw , if so you can cut the rabbit on there  !!!  And if your router had a edge guide you can use that to do the rabbit, if not they are not to expensive  depending on the kind of router you have , hope this helps , have a good day , JIM !!


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