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    Kreg Jig - Rare Earth Magnet Mod

    Hmmm, Thought I would post this in the Tips section, but no rights to do a new thread there. Anyway...

    So, I was using my Kreg R3 Pocket Hole Jig a bit lately.
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    It had a neat little plastic thing that attached to the vice grip type clamp that made it quick and easy to put the tool on a board, drill the pockets, then move to the next. The problem is the plastic thingy broke, and it didn't stay on the clamp anymore.

    So I got to thinking. A rare earth magnet embedded in the pocket hole jig would be even better. Easier to attach and less prone to breaking.

    So that's what I did. I drilled a little 3/4" recess into the jig, scratched up the magnet a bit, and used some epoxy to glue the magnet to the jig. Quick, easy, and better than before!

    Jig with Broken plastic thingy...


    Magnet Glued into jig.


    Magnet holding jig to clamp!
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    Cool idea, Brent. I'll copy this to the Tips area for you.
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    who said yu were just a desert hermit? you got good ideas just the same
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    Way to go Brent, I would that would be worth something to the Kreg people if you let them know about it.

    Great upgrade. Those magnets have all kinds of uses.
    cheers

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    I liked the R3 so much, when Woodcraft had a special on the master kit the other day, I picked that up. It really is quite a handy little item...
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    Be careful with this because rare earth magnets are quite fragile. I don't know about compression stress as you are applying here, but they do break quite easily in a shear situation.

    Jim

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    I actually used a forstner bit to drill a slight recess so that the magnet is just barely below the level of the jig just for that very reason
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