I jumped in and completed my first project yesterday--DIY Storage Closet Doors!! It turned out okay, but I'm glad I started with something that is going inside of the closet. My hat is off to those people whose initial project was entertainment units! I need some advice before I build something that people will actually see...
The two biggies:
1) My project joins are not as pretty as I'd like. I used a Kreg Jig and clamps (Irwin Quick Grips), but for some of the boards, one board would be slightly smaller than the one I was joining it to and the clamps would not be tight. At the last second when attaching them, they would shift. Any hints on making a good, crisp, even, join? Will this only come with practice? I hate learning curves
2) This is a real biggie and would have ruined a project outside of a closet. When I was attaching the shelf fronts (the 1x2 that keeps the stuff from falling off the shelves when you open/close the doors), I split the wood I was attaching to (the box part of the shelf unit). I used 1 1/4 coarse kreg screws to attach whitewood 1x2s to whitewood 1x6s. I tried to keep the drill at a slow speed, but even then it split, just not as bad. I don't know anything about drills and the settings/adjustments you can make to them. I just pushed the "go" button at varying degrees to speed it up or slow it down. The drill was a cheapo one, but my husband does have a nicer Craftsman 19.2 V with all sorts of numbers that look like adjustments. I hope this is an easy fix. Dreams of building bigger projects were seriously affected by this problem. Help!
And one not-so-biggie: When adjusting the Kreg Jig, do you use the lumber dimensions in the name (1x6 setting of 1") or the actual dimensions (1x6 setting of 3/4")? I used 3/4" and it seemed to work like it is supposed to...
Thanks for any help! Priming and painting today--can't wait to see it up in the closet!