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Kreg Jig Stuns Ugly Wood into Masterpiece. Fifteen Experts Reveal Just How

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The Kreg Jig is an ever popular accessory for the beginner and seasoned woodworker alike.

The Kreg Tool Company has done much to promote this product, and the Jig is likely an item most folks in this game will discover at some point or another.

Our analysis of social media outlets reveal just how popular the Kreg Jig is...

...in fact this special jig’s talkaboutability (is that even a word?) has jettisoned so far off the social media Richter scale that we just couldn’t resist commissioning an 'expert weigh-up'.

I've included a few Tweets to illustrate my point...

When we contemplate launching a piece of content, we use tools like Topsy to gauge the level of interest in a particular topic, and the Kreg Jig won our attention hands down.

In fact, if there was ever a product we sell that deserves the sort of output we’ve given here, we hope you would agree that it’s the Kreg Jig!

And as I’m sure you can imagine, there was no shortage of experts willing to share their exploits with this 'wonder tool’.

Below is the result of my quest to find out just how powerful the Kreg Jig is.

I hope you enjoy this expert fuelled post...

...and please make sure you share this article and click on the links below to learn more about these wonderful and wise individuals!

The Experts

  • Kristen, DIY Blogger from Pinktoesandpowertools.com. Find her on Facebook.
  • Anna, DIY Blogger from directionsnotincluded.com. Find her on Facebook.
  • Carol, DIY Blogger from elephantbuffet.blogspot.com. Find her on Facebook
  • Sarah, Writer and serial DIY-er from sarahsbigidea.com. Find her on Facebook.
  • Colin, Videographer from woodworkweb.com. Find him on Facebook.
  • Howard, Aspiring Carpenter from abienormal.com. Find him on Youtube
  • Peter, General Contractor from LADoorsAndMore.com. Find him on Youtube.
  • Nicole, DIY Blogger from thenewenglandgirl.com. Find her on Facebook.
  • Amber, DIY Blogger from AverieLane.com. Find her on Facebook.
  • Cher-Ann, DIY Blogger from designsbystudioc.com. Find her on Facebook.
  • Chris, Project Designer & Builder from chiefs-shop.com. Find him on Facebook.
  • Jen, DIY Blogger from pinkwhen.com. Find her on Facebook.
  • Katie, Blogger from addicted2diy.com. Find her on Facebook.
  • Heidi, DIY Blogger from OneCreativeMommy.com. Find her on Facebook.
  • Tony, Capenter from Artisantony.com. Find him on Youtube.

Kristen, DIY Blogger from Pinktoesandpowertools.com

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The Kreg Jig made putting things together so easy and I'm really glad I made the purchase early on. Putting together our entryway bench was a breeze.

Hello everyone, I'm Kristen, the blogger behind Pinktoesandpowertools.com. I decided three years ago that I was going to learn how to build things out of wood and I haven't looked back since. Luckily for me, right in my beginning I had heard about a tool that was taking the DIY world by storm--the Kreg Jig--and I bought it for my very first project. I decided that I would build a closet door organizer for my daughter's room. I intentionally built something that was going to be hidden from sight in case it was a disaster!

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After that first build, I was hooked--on building and on Kreg products. The Kreg Jig made putting things together so easy and I'm really glad I made the purchase early on. Putting together our entryway bench was a breeze. I pieced the top of the bench together using the Kreg Jig and assembled the rest of the bench with it as well.

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I didn't stop at small projects though, I had big DIY ideas that opened up for me once I got the hang of the possibilities with the Kreg Jig. I've put built-ins throughout our house now, all assembled with the Kreg Jig. Once I finally felt like my skills were good enough, I tackled putting in a desk and some built-in cabinets and shelves in our formal dining room. This was my latest project and the biggest one I have ever taken on.

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The Kreg Jig was indispensable for me on this project. I used it to assemble the cabinet carcases, to attach the shelf sides to the desk top, and to assemble the cabinet doors and drawer fronts. I don't have the room here to include all the projects I have built using the Kreg Jig so I hope you will stop by PinkToesandPowerTools.com to check out some of the others. My personal favorites are the two storage beds with drawers and my daughter's built-in closet organizer that goes in the very same closet with my first project, the closet door organizer!


Anna, DIY Blogger from Directionsnotincluded.com

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Kreg Jig Model: Kreg R3 Jr. Pocket Hole Jig System

I never thought a seemingly little contraption would be one of the tools that took my projects to a whole new level.

Hi there! I'm Anna from Directions Not Included. Since I'm a pretty avid and adventurous crafter/DIYer, I've amassed a great deal of tools over the years. So much, that one of the rooms we are still renovating in our fixer upper looks like our very own hardware store. I never thought a seemingly little contraption would be one of the tools that took my projects to a whole new level. At first glance, the Kreg Jig, Jr doesn't look like a powerful new tool but great things come in small packages (including me!).

The Kreg Jig, Jr is so straightforward to figure out too. I tested it out on some scrap wood to make sure the instructions were as simple as they seemed. They really are. It is pretty nifty skill to be able to assemble projects with pocket holes. It can take an average looking project and make it much more professional. No hardware showing and it is so much stronger. I've been wanting to make frames for the longest time, but instead of trying out a simple project for my first Kreg Jig, Jr project, I decided to build a pet bed - a midcentury style one for my pack of rescue mutts and cats.

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See how clean and professional the sides are on this piece? All that I needed for this bed was some scrap 1 X 4s, a 1 X 2, the hairpin legs and my Kreg Jig, Jr . Add some paint and the pillow and you have a great addition for any home.

Even the cats approve of the Kreg Jig, Jr. You can’t beat that!

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I like the Kreg Jig too...

Kreg Jig has no idea who I am and I wasn’t compensated for my post. It is actually a tool I love and I can’t wait to make more stuff with it. It really is great for DIYer of any expertise level.


Carol, DIY Blogger from Elephantbuffet

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Kreg Jig Model: Kreg Jig JR

Using the pocket-hole method was INFINITELY easier and the added benefit of having the screws hidden was the icing on the cake.

My name is Carol and I run the show over at Elephant Buffet. People who know me know that I like my tools and that I’m pretty picky about them. Being a perfectionist at heart, I crave consistency and reliability in my toolbox - and the performance of my tools directly impacts the quality of my work. In other words, I only work with good stuff.

One thing I go back to time and time again is my Kreg Jig, Jr. My husband bought the Kreg Jig, Jr. for me a few years ago once I started taking on more complicated projects.

After reading through the manual, checking out instructional videos and practicing on some scrap wood, I got the hang of it quickly. Some of my nicest and most-used projects have been constructed using my Kreg, Jr.

My very first project with my Kreg, Jr. was a sweet, little bench (which is now the ‘work-it-out bench’ for my 5 and 7 year-old boys). Using the pocket-hole method was INFINITELY easier and the added benefit of having the screws hidden was the icing on the cake.

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My next project was a patio dining set. Once it was completed, a friend of mine liked it so much they asked to purchase it from me – so I made another. Working with the Kreg made assembly quick and painless.

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My most recent project is a real testament to the simplicity of the Kreg, Jr. I had an old mirror lying around and wanted to make a beefy frame for it. Unfortunately, I also had the flu. I was lying on the couch, feeling like death and decided to whip up a project - because that’s what I do. Kreg and I had the mirror frame built and hung before the NyQuil could even take effect.

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Sarah, Writer and serial DIY-er from Sarahsbigidea.com

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Through thick and thin, I know I can count on you to add your strength to my harebrained DIY ideas. Thank you, Kreg, for always making me look good!

Oh, Kreg Jig, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways... I remember when we first met. I was going through a rough time, trying to build my very first kitchen cabinet.

Well, let's be honest, it was my very first attempt at building anything.

I had two cabinets to build, and the first one didn't go so well.

After an exasperating experience with a nail gun and a lot of wood glue, I turned to you...and discovered your strength.

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You made everything so easy!

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By the end of our shared cabinet experience, I knew I had found a partner for life. You've helped me see my way through building a bookshelf...

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...turning cheap kitchen cabinets into something really special...

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...and even recreating wainscoting to match the original woodwork in my house.

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Through thick and thin, I know I can count on you to add your strength to my harebrained DIY ideas. Thank you, Kreg, for always making me look good!


Colin, Videographer from Woodworkweb.com

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Imagine in hundred years, someone has to repair a table or other piece of furniture, they look at the construction and determine it used Pocket Hole Joinery. How easy and effective will it be to repair that piece, without destroying it in the process.

When Norm Abrams of the New Yankee Workshop in America began his television series in 1989, the word “NEW” was added to the title to indicate that there is a whole new world of power tools available and that he, Norm, was going use many of these tools in his projects. That television series lasted for 20 years and thousands of woodworkers around the world were saddened when the show stopped. What Norm and the show did do was open up a whole new world of woodworking ideas and tools and in many ways legitimized new processes and ideas, including the Kreg Pocket Hole System.

I have long been a fan of Kreg, in my experience they make innovative, quality products that are affordable to most woodworkers. The pocket hole system is easy, convenient and regardless of what some say, is very secure, and especially so when combined with wood glues.

One advantage of the Pocket Hole System, I believe, has by-passed many of the traditional furniture makers who prefer to use traditional joints ... and that is, a hundred or two hundred years from now, if their furniture is still around, how will it be repaired? If you have ever had to repair antique furniture you will know that unless the maker took into account future repairs, some furniture needs to be unceremoniously taken apart in order to restore it properly.

This is where I think the Kreg system could shine. Imagine in hundred years, someone has to repair a table or other piece of furniture, they look at the construction and determine it used Pocket Hole Joinery. How easy and effective will it be to repair that piece, without destroying it in the process. Take it apart, clean it up, and re-glue it back together again.

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I often hear “traditional” furniture makers who shun the Pocket Hole System, and give all sorts of excuses why it's inferior and not traditional woodworking. I often ask them so what does traditional woodworking mean? Just because something is old, doesn't necessarily mean it's good. In old traditional woodworking hide glue was all they used, but almost nobody uses that today do they? That's because we have much better glues to choose from. Well, so much for traditional woodworking.

One of the things I like most about working with the Kreg Pocket Hole System is setting “reveals”, that is, those small parts of construction that you can see that are what make up the detail. For example when you make a full size table the top may often sit on a skirt. The skirt is that part just under the top that connects that top to the legs. The “reveal” in a case like this (also sometimes called an off-set) could be ... flush with the top .... one inch back-set from the edge of the top ... two inches back-set from the edge of the top, or what ever you feel looks good, and it's very easy to set. You don't have to rely on the rest of the joinery to do it. This same reveal concept can be used all parts of furniture making to create pieces that are unique and stand apart.

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I have used pocket hole joinery in everything from temporary (but sturdy) jigs and parts, to as much as re-making all the cupboards in our kitchen, and all with Kreg Pocket Hole Joinery. I picked pocket hole joinery because is was quick, I could still glue everything and it gave me perfect corners and joints ... oh, and did I mention that instead of using MDF, I could use cabinet grade plywood for the carcasses. Super strong, and will last forever.

On the smaller side, not long ago I was “tasked” with making a hall table for a passageway. Something narrow enough to put in a hallway that you could pass through without bumping into. It has to have a couple of drawers and a shelf at the bottom. The whole thing was put together with pocket joinery in a little more than a day (had to glue a couple of boards together for the top).

Not much else I can say about Kreg Pocket Hole joinery. I have been a big fan of it for years and use it whenever I can, it's fast, accurate, versatile and super strong ... everything a woodworker needs.


Howard, Aspiring Carpenter from abienormal.com

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The beauty in the finished product comes from the hidden joint... The Kreg Jig gave me strong, but hidden joints.

I use the Kreg Jig exclusively in my business, abienormal.com. It allows me to construct strong potting benches with clean and smooth joints The benches are beautiful, yet sturdy. The Jig also allows me to construct them with minimal use of clamps. Screw the joint and remove the clamp for the next joint. I don't need a complete set that sits, wasted, waiting for the glue to dry. Some joints don't need glue and the Kreg Jig makes a secure, permanent connection. The beauty in the finished product, in part comes from the hidden joint created by the Kreg Jig.


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Experience with the Kreg Jig allowed me to resolve a messy situation near our front door. Shoes, from my three boys and their friends, were thrown everywhere. I built a shoe rack out of oak that brings order to this area of the house. The Kreg Jig gave me strong, but hidden joints.

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The Kreg Jig has enabled me to become a small business owner. This tool has actually transformed my life.

I made this picture out of reclaimed redwood and an old window with a cool pebble texture. The frame is joined using glue and, you guessed it, the Kreg Jig! If you have ever joined picture frames you know the complexity involved with clamping them while the glue dries. Not with the Kreg Jig.





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This tub surround was built mostly by bathroom remodeler. However I created the face frame with the Kreg Jig which is one of the easiest projects you can do. As you can see, the Kreg Jig has enabled me to complete many projects in beautiful, strong and creative ways, and to become a small business owner. This tool has actually transformed my life.

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Peter, DIY Blogger from LADoorsAndMore.com

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Kreg makes a clamp that fits into the hole bored by the Kreg Jig which allows me to make precise joints even on a make-shift surface.

I work as a general contractor in Los Angeles and because most of my clients are repeat and referral, I have close relationships with many of them, therefore I’m often asked to do custom jobs. This particular client wanted a custom cabinet built with specific dimensions for each shelf. This is a perfect job for the Kreg Jig.

Because this cabinet was to be eight feet tall, there was no way I could get it into the space required if it was pre-assembled, so I decided to make it in two pieces with a one piece frame.

After I designed it, I had the birch plywood cut at the shop where I purchased it. There’s a great store for this in Los Angeles and they’ll do the cutting and milling quickly, cheaply and with great precision.

I set up a work-table consisting of a 4x8 sheet of OSB on two saw horses, in my driveway and began assembling the boxes using the Kreg Jig and clamps. The variety of clamps is great because large pieces can be tricky to hold in place. Kreg makes a clamp that fits into the hole bored by the Kreg Jig which allows me to make precise joints even on a make-shift surface.

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Because this cabinet was to be installed in two pieces, I needed a good face frame. In addition, a good frame hides the end grain of plywood and gives the cabinet a high quality look. With the Kreg Jig, I was able to make a frame and hide the holes on the inside of the frame where they won’t be seen. Even though I had to make the cabinet in two separate boxes, I could still make the frame in one piece and assemble everything on site.

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I clamped the two boxes together temporarily to take measurements and test fit the face frame to make sure everything fit nicely.

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Once on site, I stacked the two boxes on top of each other and secured them to the wall. I then attached the face frame using finish nails.

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Making and attaching the face frame is critical because it’s the frame that hides all the joinery. Once that was done, I simply attached the doors and the cabinet was complete.

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Even though there’s a seam on the side of the cabinets, the client didn’t mind because it was going to be stained with a dark color and it would barely show. This is another example of how the Kreg Jig allowed me to make a beautiful custom cabinet at a very affordable price and without an elaborate work shop or tools.

Also check out this video I made for this article.


Nicole, DIY Blogger from thenewenglandgirl.com


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Pocket holes make joints secure and sturdy!

My name is Nicole Goncalves and I am The New England Girl. I am an avid DIYer and own a creative business specializing in custom woodworking and re-purposing outdated furnishings. My tutorials will show you how a little repair, paint and creativity can turn anything into a of a kind statement piece.

Over the years I have completed several hundred projects from custom building furniture to re-purposing it. My business is founded on simple ideals and simple concepts. Using the least amount of money possible to fix things up and make them beautiful again. I try to create tutorials that everyone can do at home. Along with keeping it simple all of the tools I use to create and build furniture are things that can be found rather inexpensively and don't require a lot of knowledge to use. My Kreg Jig is one of those easy to use tools that I am always reaching for.

My most recent project completed with The Kreg Jig was a pair of custom built primitive benches. My clients had purchased a drop leaf table from me and had mentioned they had six children. They wanted seating that would be practical and functional--and having eight chairs in their small dining room didn't seem to be the right choice. We decided on two six foot long benches made from knotty pine to match the table top.

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I used my Kreg Jig to create all the pocket holes securing the legs and sides to the top of the bench. Pocket holes make joints secure and sturdy!


Amber, DIY Blogger from AverieLane.com

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The best part about the Kreg, is that once you learn the basics you can pretty much build anything...even if you are just making it up as you go along. We have been able to take dream projects and turn them into reality.

Would you believe that I tried talking my husband out of buying our Kreg Jig.

I know, I’m crazy, but at the time I thought, its just another tool that would barely get used, and we are always on a TIGHT budget so I didn't want to waste money on it. Let’s just say that my husband ended up winning the argument and I’m eating my words!!

We love to DIY, but we also like when things to look professional and not thrown together.

Most of the time our DIY projects stem out of necessity or trying to solve a problem.

The first project we used our Kreg on was a built in desk for my office. We built the Reclaimed Office Desk using reclaimed wood from a Victorian house and our Kreg.

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Recently we moved into a new house (sadly the desk got left behind) and found ourselves in need of a bed. We again pulled out our trusty Kreg and using basic lumber to build a queen platform bed with salvaged door headboard. I can’t even begin to explain how wonderful it is to have a real bed that's not just a mattress on the floor!

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Since then we have also built a custom ottoman and a baby gate.

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The best part about the Kreg, is that once you learn the basics you can pretty much build anything...even if you are just making it up as you go along, like we do 99% of the time. I’m not the one using the tool, but my husband is constantly remarking that he is so glad he spent the money on it. We have been able to take dream projects and turn them into reality.

We have several other upcoming projects that are in “planning” mode, but I can guarantee one thing, our Kreg will be used. Hands down the best tool in our garage!


Cher, DIY Blogger from Designsbystudioc.com

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Kreg Jig Model: Kreg Jig JR and K4

Pocket holes are quick, strong, and very easy. Everything lines up and is so simple which soothes my inner perfectionist!

My name is Cher and I am the one behind Designs by Studio C, where I feature DIY projects, how-to information, and furniture plans. I started woodworking in 2007 and tried every joinery method from dowels, biscuits, countersunk screws, and dadoes. It wasn’t until I bought a book about using pocket holes by Danny Proulx that I really discovered the pocket hole jig. I started with the Kreg Jig Jr., and moved up to the K4, plus I have added the Mini for quick pocket holes on the job site.

Pocket holes are quick, strong, and very easy. Everything lines up and is so simple which soothes my inner perfectionist! I have used the Kreg Jig to fur pieces between joists for a subfloor, between rafters to secure a range hood, to build kitchen cabinets (for two separate kitchens), deck railings, and tons of furniture. All of the furniture plans on my site use pocket holes. The Kreg jig is a great investment as well as the clamps to help make the joinery easier. The Kreg Jigs are the best tools I own.

Pocket holes are quick, strong, and very easy. Everything lines up and is so simple which soothes my inner perfectionist!

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Kitchen cabinets and pantry in a house remodel built using the Kreg jig.

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Bench using an old headboard built using a Kreg Jig.

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Dining Chair Bench – all of the chairs were constructed using the Kreg Jig, then joined to make a bench.


Chris, Project Designer & Builder from Chiefs-shop.com

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Kreg Jig Model: K5, K4 and R3

I feel that in some circles it suffers from a bit of snobbery in that it is considered a non-traditional woodworking method that is beneath the “purist”. I say fine. The rest of us will finish our projects in a fraction of the time with fantastic results.

Having used various versions of the Kreg Jig for more than a decade, and designing project plans using the jigs for nearly nine years, I have to say it's one of the greatest innovations for beginner woodworkers and DIYers. I'd say you're on to something when all you need to create a strong, streamlined joint is a simple jig, a stepped drill bit, and a drill/driver.

When discussing the Kreg Jig to those who are unaware, I often open with the statement that it I believe it is a “gateway tool” for beginner woodworkers. Using it is one of the fastest ways to build confidence for those new to the craft, and it is certainly a lifesaver for those with little to no patience who want fast and quality results.

I've designed and built hundreds of projects using the jig, including everything from basic outdoor furniture to heirloom-quality pieces. Unfortunately, I feel that in some circles it suffers from a bit of snobbery in that it is considered a non-traditional woodworking method that is beneath the “purist”. I say fine. The rest of us will finish our projects in a fraction of the time with fantastic results.

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This project plan for DIYNetwork.com was designed to add storage to bathrooms. The framing uses pocket hole joinery.

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A project plan for DIYNetwork.com, this project combines a method for concealing a trash bin with a cutting surface. It could also serve as a kitchen island. The framing and the door uses pocket hole joinery.

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As yet to be published project plan, this combines a pet crate with a piece of useful furniture. The top and framing use pocket hole joinery.

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A project plan for Lowe's Home Improvement that features a detailed back. Pocket hole joinery is used for the framing.


Jen, DIY Blogger from Pinkwhen.com

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Without my Kreg Jig, I would have never been able to complete this project in the way I imagined it.

Working on a project and making a dream project become a reality can be one of the most satisfying aspects of blogging. One of the biggest obstacles can be in the tools you have available, and which tools are right for that project.

Last year I was working on a few large projects with my backyard, and one of those projects was laying new sod. It was one heck of a project, but it was done in a day. To say I was tired at the end of it is an understatement.

When we had finished our sod, we had several old and semi destroyed pallets still lying around. I did not want to just throw them away, and I had an idea floating around as to what I could make, an herb garden.

I have seen several different outdoor herb garden projects, but None for anything as cool as I had dreamed. I wanted shelves and I wanted to create a standalone project that could really be of good use. In order to do this, I would need a few good tools to help make my dream a reality.

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  • Drill
  • Kreg Jig

The toughest part of this job was choosing to remove all of the old dilapidated boards from the pallet. I used my hammer claw to remove every board with the exception of the square pallet frame.

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As you can see from the picture above, this pallet was in the worst shape you could imagine, but I still had the gumption to turn it into something fabulous.

I used my table saw and cut new boards to fit the shelves and front pieces, and to attach those I used my Kreg Jig master kit. This enabled me to get the exact pocket holes drilled and perfect placement for the boards.

This entire project took me 4 hours from start to finish, and I really love the way it turned out. Without my Kreg Jig, I would have never been able to complete this project in the way I imagined it.

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Katie, DIY Blogger from Addicted2diy.com.

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The thousands of dollars saved from building our own furniture has definitely made having the Kreg Jig priceless! The most valuable and definitely my most favorite tool is my Kreg Jig. I use it for small home décor projects to large-scale furniture projects, and everything in between.

My name is Katie and I have a true love for DIY. In that spirit, I decided to create a blog called Addicted 2 DIY. I really love to create things for my home and I share them on my blog along with tutorials for each project. The most valuable and definitely my most favorite tool is my Kreg Jig. I use it for small home décor projects to large-scale furniture projects, and everything in between.

Beautiful pieces of furniture typically also come with a hefty price tag. Part of my love for DIY is the fact that I can save so much money in the process. I have built many items for my home and have started building things for others. Using my Kreg Jig has definitely made these projects so much easier.

The most recent build that I finished is a media console for our great room. It has also become one of my favorite pieces of furniture.

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Along with that, I have completed several other projects including a large kitchen island, craft table, and farmhouse table, complete with bench and chairs.

The thousands of dollars saved from building our own furniture has definitely made having the Kreg Jig priceless!


Heidi, DIY Blogger from OneCreativeMommy.com

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This entire frame was built almost exclusively with the Kreg Jig. And it was soooo easy! If I can do it, so can you!

Hi, everyone! I'm Heidi, the author, designer, and mom behind OneCreativeMommy.com.

I'm so excited to tell you all about my experience building with my absolute favorite building tool-- the Kreg Jig!

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As a busy mom with three busy kids, I needed a storage solution for backpacks, shoes, jackets and all of that other stuff that kids like to throw on the floor after school. I envisioned one locker for each child, but when I checked the price, it was not in my budget. So--I scoured the internet and found plans to build my own.

Just one problem. I had never built anything before in my life! Enter the Kreg Pocket Hole Jig. I chose the Jr. model, and I watched several tutorials online before I started building. I could not believe how easily everything went together.

I joined my first two boards, and I was hooked! I know it sounds silly, but I never knew that building could be so much fun!

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This entire frame was built almost exclusively with the Kreg Jig. And it was soooo easy! If I can do it, so can you!

Want to build some storage lockers for you home, too? I'd love for you to stop by and check out the full post on OneCreativeMommy.com: DIY Storage Lockers for Kids. See you there!

Tony, Owner of small construction company and blogger at Artisantony.com

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I had left over wood from a project and with my trusty Kreg Tool Jig I decided to go to town making a water closet cabinet. I was really happy with the simple form and function and how the project turned out.

My name is Tony, aka ArtisanTony on YouTube. I own a small design-build company, Artisan Construction, LLC, in southeast Tennessee. We specialize in custom residential construction.

The Kreg Tool Jigs have been a blessing to me. When I was a young woodworker I mastered the mortise and tenon and dovetail joints. I spent hours upon hours joining wood parts together and learning what it means to become an artisan. Now that I run a small business my time is limited and Kreg Tool Jigs have allowed me to once again enjoy designing and building wood working projects. And of course I have incorporated them into my business.

I still respect the old days and I was hoping that we can somehow preserve them but I appreciate innovation and anything that allows me to save valuable time now that I am an old artisan.

Here's a quick summary of some of the stuff I've made with my Kreg Jig.

Cater closet cabinet

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I made the water closet cabinet for the bath that was beside my shop. I originally did not mean for this bath to be much but as it came together I decided to add slate for the shower, which you can see to the right of the finished picture, and nice plumbing fixtures.

watercloset_1

The one thing I was missing was storage for the lou [in honor of my UK friends], so one weekend I decided to take some cabinet grade plywood,
some stamped metal I had left over from a project and my trusty Kreg Tool Jig and decided to go to town making a water closet cabinet. I was really happy with the simple form and function and how the project turned out.

Here's a video I did documenting the project...

Under stair storage doors

It seems that in the custom homes that I build I always end up with neat little extra spaces and this particular one is under a stair. Normally people will just drywall over these spaces and they go to waste...

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Well they don't call me ArtisanTony for nothing! I got busy with some Aspen and my Kreg Tool Jig and using the same stamped metal I used for the water closet cabinet, I cranked out a set of doors for the space
under the stair. It is amazing how much storage room is under the stair. The only problem is the wife soon moved into the space!

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