I'm in the process of building the coffee table for SWMBO. She seen the
one Bruce Johnson made on TV and liked it so that's what I'm making. Anyway
finally used the Beadlock jig and not sure what I did wrong but almost
ruined the project. I did as the directions said and marked the legs and
rails and then drilled the holds in two of the legs and the side rails. When
I went to dry fit them everything was way off and cocked. All the holes were
one hole off and it was crooked. I had to eyeball and re-drill a extra hole
in the side rails to make it fit. Almost turned the oak into scraps. Still
don't know what I did wrong. I guess next on the shopping list will be a
mortiser and tenon jig.
I'd suggest looking at the kreg pocket hole jig. Granted that it's not
exactly fine joinery, but i've found mine to be a quick and simple way to
produce very strong joints. It's very well suited to the rail / leg joints
you described. Here's their site :
I love my BeadLock and Kreg Pro Pack jigs. I had to practice with my
Beadlock. One thing I had trouble with is my tennon pieces had swollen up
and were hard to get in the mortice slots, so I put them in the microwave
for a few seconds to shrink them up. The same thing happens to biscuts too
and you have to hammer them in or shrink them.
We sell the BeadLock and would be happy to walk you through its usage. Just
give my tech department a call at 1-800-443-7937 - ask for Darin.
Jim Ray, President
McFeely's Square Drive Screws
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