Sunday, May 18, 2014

Benchwork Repair

In my previous post, I used my Kreg Jig to create the replacement L-girder for the helix base. In this post I show how I used it for repairing the sections I had to take out because of the mold/mildew on the wood. In the system I bought, there is what is called the "repair jig". It's the main jig but with clamps and a spacer, you can use it to drill pocket holes in various pieces of wood to reinforce pieces of wood. The big example shown on the Kreg website is repairing furniture that's come loose. In this case, I needed to reattach the front of the grid benchwork so I figured, to make things easier, I'd use the portable jig to make reattaching them easier.

Here is the first end that I'm going to attach the new front section to.

Here is the clamp that also came with the Master jig set. You use it to either clamp pieces of wood together or the jig to the work piece.


Here it is clamped to the work piece and the jig.


As before, I drilled the pocket holes. The jig comes with 3 pocket holes. The 2 outside holes are for 1x3s and above. I forget which two are for 1x2s.


Now I clamped the piece using the same pocket hole clamp as before. This was a little tricky as I had to adjust each side and once I got it, I went ahead and clamped it down.


I then went down each pocket hole and screwed in the pocket hole screws, resulting in an extremely solid open grid


I gotta say, after putting this all together, the grid is solid now, more then it was before using drywall screws. I have a few new sections to put up for the expanded staging and the extending the 2nd level in two areas. I'm going to build out those grids using these pocket holes/screws. Everything should be solid as a result.

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