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I was in the process of drilling pocket holes in a gaggle of milled 2 x 4s and 3/4 ply  to build a cart for my lathe.  In the process, I knocked my drill off the bench with my Kreg bit in it.  When I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Grace Dec 7, 2016.


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Tim Grace replied to Stephanie H's discussion 'Forstner bits'
"I've been extremely disappointed with the Diablo bits. The fact that the are a Freud product makes them even more disappointing. I had a 1½" Diablo that lasted one 5/8" deep hole. I found the Woodtek brand on Amazon that works…"
Jul 13
Tim Grace replied to Scott Bouslough's discussion 'Pocket Holes'
"What James said.  Soft woods such as pine and cedar will tend to leave fibers on the exit side of the bit because there is nothing supporting them on the cut.  Harder woods, including poplar will be a little bit cleaner but will still…"
Jun 3
Tim Grace replied to Pat Meeuwissen's discussion 'evenly spaced holes on a large carcass?'
"I've always been a "half it" person.  If a piece is 48" long, I start at 2" from each end, then center one (at 24") from either end.  I'll then half the distance between the 2" and 24" which…"
Jun 3
Tim Grace replied to E M Hampton's discussion 'Driver Bit Issue'
"Mine rounded off quite quickly, as well.  I attributed it to using an impact driver to drive the screws, some of which had space restrictions and required awkward angles.  I did pick up a couple at Rockler that had hardened tips and lasted…"
Jun 3
Douglas Kulp commented on Tim Grace's photo

Treasure Box

"It looks beautiful ... good job."
Apr 15
Tim Grace replied to Luke Troughton's discussion 'Mao Shan 12" tilting arbor table saw'
"Another option may be your nearest auto parts store.  If it's an independent or Napa, they can probably measure the old one and get you a replacement.  The chain stores may be able to help if they are staffed by car guys and not…"
Mar 2
Tim Grace replied to Jay Boutwell's discussion 'Table saws and Danger'
"Good reminder, Jay.  Thanks for posting"
Feb 25
Tim Grace replied to Luke Troughton's discussion 'Router for kreg PRS1040'
"The Porter Cable 890 series and Bosch 1617 have been mentioned.  I liked the DeWalt DW618 better than the PC & Bosch.  The specs are similar, as is the price (the PC is the most expensive of the 3, but it is the standard to which…"
Feb 23
Tim Grace replied to Michele's discussion 'Screws not holding in 2x6 douglas fir'
"Glad to hear you resolved it!"
Feb 19
Tim Grace replied to J's discussion 'Pocket Hole Orientation and Strength'
"The difference is that in the HD example the force is being applied to the top rail in a downward direction.  In your design, the normal forces would actually be applied to the styles (uprights), and not the rails (horizontal pieces), in a…"
Feb 9
Tim Grace replied to Michele's discussion 'Screws not holding in 2x6 douglas fir'
"My thought on the wood is that the screws may have hit "soft" spots that are further from the heart of the tree. As I think about this, it doesn't make sense.  Especially since you are drilling & driving into both boards. The…"
Feb 9
Tim Grace replied to Michele's discussion 'Screws not holding in 2x6 douglas fir'
"Whenever I edge join 2X lumber, I cut the rounded edges off, either using the table saw or jointer.   I also will edge glue to add the strength and stiffness. The fact that you've built in the past and had no problems, tells me it may just…"
Feb 8
Tim Grace replied to J's discussion 'Pocket Hole Orientation and Strength'
"In my opinion, what you have is the way it should be done, with the top and floor sides concealing the pocket holes.  I believe it to be the strongest option.   Going from the underside of the top rail, you will come closer to the edge of…"
Feb 8
Tim Grace replied to Bill Bianco's discussion 'Black paint finish'
"I have tried a black stain for a small project. It worked Ok, but I wasn't looking for a high gloss on it. I have sprayed a flat black (Mickey mouse band saw box) on pine using Rustoleum High Performance spray, and it worked better than I had…"
Feb 1
Tim Grace replied to Stacy Carlsen Sr.'s discussion 'Help'
"Kinda depends on what you are looking to do and what your budget is. Are you looking for a bench top model or a floor model? Are you looking to do small curved cuts on relatively thin stock or resaw lumber? Are you looking to spend less than $200,…"
Feb 1
Tim Grace replied to Stephanie Fitzgerald's discussion '3/4 birch plywood problem'
"Also, most jigsaw blades will cut on the upstroke, so keep the good side down when cutting."
Jan 27

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Which Kreg products do you own?
Kreg Jig® Master System, Kreg Clamps
How would you describe yourself?
Intermediate DIYer
How did you learn about the Kreg Owners' Community?
Kreg Pinterest
What's one interesting fact about you, your life, your garage, shop, or home?
Trying to setup the garage so half is for auto mechanics and the other half for wood working - and still be able to get two cars in.

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Tim Grace's Product Reviews

Laguna 14BX Band Saw

I decided that it was time to upgrade my bench-top bandsaw after almost burning it up trying to resaw a chunk of 3 inch wide walnut. After doing a bunch of research, and receiving my wife's blessing, I decided on a Laguna 14-12.  I spoke with one of the guys at a local retailer, and highlighted some of the features on the 14BX.  After speaking briefly with my wife, she approved the extra cost (about $300 more). The 14BX had the added advantage of being in stock, whereas I would have had to…


Posted on December 20, 2016 at 1:52am — 1 Comment

DeWalt DWP611PK Router

I picked up a cheap $29 Harbor Freight trim router to cut grooves for splines in miter joints.  I was thoroughly disappointed when the 1/8" splines were extremely loose within the grooves.  The grooves ended up measuring .168 inches using a .125" bit.  Since then, I looked at the compact router offerings from Bosch, DeWalt & Porter Cable.

All were 1.25 HP, had 1/4" collets, came in a package that included a plunge base and were highly rated by their users. I chose the DeWalt…


Posted on November 25, 2015 at 9:49am — 1 Comment

DeWalt DW618PK Router

My old (circa 1982) Craftsman 1.25 HP router would not hold a large (3/4" straight @ 1/8" depth) bit securely so I did some homework and picked up the DeWalt DW618PK router. The DW618 is a 2.25 HP variable speed router with 1/2" collet.  The PK indicates that it comes with both a fixed base and a plunge base and a nice soft case to carry everything. 

My  first use was cutting some 3/4" dadoes in a work bench top to install some T-track. I was able to set the depth stop on the plunge…


Posted on March 10, 2015 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

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Kreg Mobile Project Center

I just picked up my new Kreg Mobile Project Center Item #KWS1000.

Wow!  I set it up in my basement and it is great addition to my Kreg items.  I was viewing a video where a review on this fine product was being made, which prompts…


Posted by John Tomkinson on May 5, 2017 at 5:34am — 2 Comments

Handy jig to hold and push plugs in!

Takes 10 minutes to make this handy accessory for your Kreg gear! Home made plug pusher.

Posted by Dave Stanton on March 31, 2017 at 5:53pm — 1 Comment

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