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KREG PLUS NEWSLETTER
SEPTEMBER 2016
DIY Upgrades for Cabinets and More
Whether you’re looking to update the look of existing cabinets, customize a store-bought set, or building a project from scratch, the process can seem intimidating. But with the right tools and techniques, you can easily improve the form and function of cabinets and other wood projects throughout your home. 
Concealed Hinge Doors
Concealed hinges, sometimes called “European style,” have become a popular option for cabinet doors. They stay out of sight, are easy to install, mount in a variety of configurations, and are fully adjustable afterward.

Installing them, though, requires drilling a large hole at a very specific position and depth. Attempting to drill the large holes with a hand-held drill, or even a drill press, can be tricky. 

A smart solution is to use a jig, like the new Kreg Concealed Hinge Jig. The jig allows you to drill cup holes for concealed cabinet door hinges cleanly and to a precise depth using just a hand drill.
Installing Drawer Slides
Metal drawer slides provide a great way to add a professional touch to any project with drawers. They’re reliable, durable, and will support heavy loads. Plus, the smooth-sliding action prevents the drawer from binding in the cabinet.

But installing drawer slides can be a tedious task. Measuring and marking the slide locations can often leave room for error, especially when you’re trying to fit a specific tight space inside a cabinet.

Drawer-slide jigs (like the Kreg Drawer Slide Jig) will simplify drawer installation and help to ensure perfect positioning every time. The jig positions the slides and holds them in position, so you have both hands free to accurately drive the screws in the right positions.
Updating Cabinet Hardware
Whether you’re updating existing cabinets or building a project from scratch, adding hardware like knobs and pulls is often one of the final steps — and one of the most intimidating. Drilling the holes incorrectly can be a very difficult mistake to correct.

Investing in a jig or guide makes it easy to position knobs and pulls with precision. With the Kreg Cabinet Hardware Jig, all you need is a drill and a 3/16" bit, and you’ll have the ability to set the jig to match your hardware and the position where you want it to go.

Custom Adjustable Shelving
Adjustable shelves are great, but creating them can be challenging. Shelf-pin holes have to be aligned and equally spaced or you’ll end up with shelves that won’t sit level, and will wobble. Trying to drill the holes by hand is very difficult.

An easy solution is to use a shelf pin jig, which can be as simple as a plate with evenly-spaced holes. The holes align your drill bit so that you can get consistent spacing. Most jigs are set up with 32mm (1 1/4") spacing, which is standard for cabinet builders.

Consistent spacing isn’t enough, though. You also need to make sure that you drill straight. If holes are crooked, shelves will still be out of level and wobble. The Kreg Shelf Pin Jig (available in 1/4" and 5mm versions) goes one step further with drill guides that ensure holes are straight and perpendicular to the surface.
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