Dudes. I splurged and bought a Kreg Jig last week, the mid-range priced K4 model to be exact, and because I used Pete’s Amazon Prime shipping privileges it arrived in just two days with free standard shipping, bazinga, I win. And I know that in the grand scheme of things, this isn’t a huge tool investment, nor is it anything new to the industry, but I can tell already that it’s going to be loads of fun and enable me to do things I’ve not succeeded at before (hell, it was originally an As Seen On TV gadget, putting it on the same winning platform as my Ped Egg and Pete’s Alumawallet).
We have loads of projects on a list already (and many are wedding-related, huzzah!), but I decided to start out with something simple, just to prove that I could get the hang of the tool before sinking its drill bit into a piece of premium wood.
You probably haven’t been counting the number of times I should have been using a Kreg Jig to save myself hours of time on my projects, but here are a few examples:
- Shoulda, woulda, coulda used it on our awesome West Elm-inspired side table.
- And on Julia’s wooden step stool.
- And in repairing this Sauder bookshelf.
- And in building this kitchen island (it’s so due for an overhaul, and we will invite Kreg to the party next time around)
- And when I constructed the barnwood mirror frame.
- Among other projects…
The fact of the matter is, this tool was so easy to catch onto that I made a box in 10 minutes. And yes, knowing how to make boxes will play a part in a project that I’ve been vying to tackle this fall.
I’m like a sponge to new tool techniques, quickly realizing that the long square bit sold with the Kreg Jig kit (combined with our bulky drill) would never, ever allow me to anchor boards in tiny spaces, but fortunately the screws are also accepting of a phillips head bit, and my new Gyro screwdriver came to the rescue again, allowing me to complete the box that I had designed. The little guy has power (that’s why it stole the show when I was reinstalling the stained kitchen cabinets).
Side note: I’ve packed away my mint green nail polish in favor of a sultry chocolate color. I likey, and it compliments my pumpkin spice latte very nicely. When in doubt, look for Essie at Marshalls for $2.99/bottle.
Who else is playing with new tools this week?