3 pc.bookcase cabinet series #7: Kreg hole jig 180 mistakes or mine??? Assemble the upper case

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 07-05-2020 03:39 PM 722 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Alot of holes and look at this Poplar Part 7 of 3 pc.bookcase cabinet series series Part 8: Poly on 3 base units in 110 temps in AZ »

And today we tried a dry fit of the 4 ft by 30 inch upper bookcase. all was going well. using the workmate and any clamps to set the first corner. The half lap joint made is easier and checking the front edge for flush then the other side. I had prepped the bottom which went inside with pocket screws so it is on the bench sideways and that is my long clamp from Harbor Freight ( I thought I would us it for ripping cuts but it did fine here). So onto the workmate for the Shelf check. I knew some polyurathane got in some hole and was checking to clean them out. Now here is LEARNING and BS my drill bit for the Kreg set is a STEP DRILL BIT not a full 1/4 inch full length. so my past project I had not liked the small plate pins I used and I have angle plates with full 1/4 pins ready and not fitting. 30 per side and 6 sides to fix. Shoppers beware. even the Kreg ad I checked before writing this says little about the drill bit included but a 5 mm. In this time I had to order the 6 packages of shelf plates. I planned to cut the shelves to size but not to drill and fix and damn lot of holes. The Kreg Jig worked very well for me, I liked what I did and all went well with the plan for spacing and drilling. My fault or Theirs. I think Profanity and a cold one is alllowed now. Hope you like the look of the poplar and the upper case its coming along to go on the lower case and countertop pieces. Thanks Hal

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#1 posted 07-07-2020 02:14 PM

Hey Hal,

I’m sorry something went wrong. I’m not sure exactly what happened, but I gather that the holes you drilled were not what you intended. 5mm instead of 1/4”?

By today you’ve probably calmed down and fixed the problem and moving on.


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#2 posted 07-13-2020 02:42 PM

So with some patience and a 1/4 bit I redrilled the holes. the bit followed the old holes easily but I had to check every so many for the shelf pin to fit and redo as needed. In all about 30 minutes of careful work and touch up the slight tearout from the second drilling. lesson learned again.

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#3 posted 07-17-2020 11:14 AM

When are we going to see the next update?

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