Rob is still figuring out how to construct our dog-crate end-table , and we bought a tool this weekend that will be perfect for making it work.
He originally started with a design from DIY furniture maven Ana White , then started tinkering with salvaged screens , chunks of solid wood smaller dimensions. So it turns out, the crate will be Rob's original design.
Which is great, except, he started dry fitting the pieces Sunday in our basement, and the base stuck out a few inches from the sides.
Now. I tried to be diplomatic and kind, because he was working really hard on it. But. Dog crates have bases and sides that are flush. And having a lip on the bottom of the crate would just be another place for dust and dog hair to collect.
I knew the original plans said you needed a Kreg Jig , which helps you drill pocket holes, to make it work.
It's funny - Rob and I are rubbing off on each other, after a year and nine months of marriage. I'm usually the person to say, "Uh, do we really need that?" And Rob usually says, "Sometimes you just need the right tool for the job."
But this time, we went to the home improvement store, looked at the Kreg Jig's $40 price tag, and Rob said, "Do we really need that?" I replied with his standard line about the right tool. (I really wanted the dog crate's sides to be flush.)
I'm happy to report, I was right. The Kreg Jig allowed Rob to drill pocket holes (a hole at an angle) to attach the dog crate's sides to its base with no overlap.
Yes, buying this tool will mean we're spending a little more on the dog crate. But now, I can find lots of other things for Rob to make that require the Kreg Jig . Plus, until that purchase, our costs had been super-low because Rob is using so many materials we already had.
Anyone else have this experience, when sometimes you just have to buy the right tool?