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My Review on the Kreg Jig

KREG JIGKreg Jig

What is a Kreg Jig, my diy home goddesses? It is the most wonderful tool, if you want to try to make a few simple things. ‘Like what’, I hear being whispered in the background. Well, have a seat, and let me tell you all about my experience.

My Story and a Little History on the Chair Rail

My living room was not useable. Imagine, a useless room! I mean, I live in my kitchen and my basement. I don’t get a lot of company, so I don’t need a formal living room. Its set up is not conducive to a media center. A fireplace takes up a lot of wall. And it’s kind of small for a pool table, ping pong table, or any fun toys. It was just wasted space.

Kreg Jig

Here is my handiwork with the Kreg Jig

Kreg Jig

See how nicely they fit under the chair rail?

furniture touch up

The Poker Table

Prohibition Liquor Cabinet

And the prohibition liquor cabinet!

So I decided to turn it into a ‘gentleman’s room’. I envisioned a library, with a poker table. You know, the kind of room where people could play cards (or in my case, blackjack), or read, or write mysteries, or play computer games, or even work on their blog.

But I had this big problem, you see. I had chair rails on every single piece of wall in the living room. Chair rails protect the walls from dings from a chair. So why where they in the living room? Yeah, I had them in the dining room, and in the front hall for that matter. Read more

Shim – What is it and Why do I need it?

SHIM

Shims? Seriously? Why?

A shim can be very useful. Some people call it a spacer, so if someone is talking about that, they might be talking about a spacer. I found lots of uses for shims in my house as well as on the internet. There is even instructions on how to use a shim to break a padlock. That is NOT what I am here for!

Shims can be made out of several different materials. Wood (usually a composite or cedar) that needs to be cut to the right size with a saw (if you can’t just hie the whole thing). Plastic (I guess that would look like a putty knife style?) are handy because you can snap/break them to the right size.  And even metal ones (gee, I wonder if this is what they were talking about for breaking and entering!)

What Is a Shim?

Shim

this is what a shim looks like. See the tapering?

Here is what I have for shims. A shim is a thin piece of wood, tapered from one end to the other. they average size is about 9-10 inches long, and about 1 1/2 inches wide. The depth of the thing is what makes it a shim. It ranges from 1/16 inch on one end to 3/8 inch on the other end.

They are darn cheap. You should always keep a package of them in your tool chest. A set of 12 (the usual package at your home improvement store) will run you a whopping two dollars! NOT two hundred dollars, $2! Whoo hoo! Read more

Goddess Tool Check List

TOOL CHECKLISTGODDESS TOOL CHECK LIST

Tool checklist? Seriously? I can hear the voices now!

Hestia? I have a question for you about a tool problem.

  • How am I supposed to know what tools I need to get started in basic home repairs?
  • I don’t want to waste a lot of money on stuff I will never use.
  • But I don’t want to be running around in the middle of the night, trying to find what is needed to complete an emergency repair!
  • How do I know what I need?
  • How much do I need to spend?

In all honesty, I have way too many tools. But I like to learn how to use things, and I want to teach others how to use them. So for me it is not an option. But for you it is.

I have in the downloads section a check of the minimum tools needed to do your basic repairs. Read more

Goddess Repair Tools

GODDESS TOOLS

Goddess Repair Tools

What tools does a goddess need for furniture fixes and repairs? I asked myself that question two years ago. I have been collecting items needed to fix things.

This is really what you need to get started:

Goddess repair tools

A good source of material

  • Safety goggles – safety first!
  • Masks like doctors and nurses wear – safety first!
  • Latex gloves – safety first!

Tools For Goddess House Repairs:

  • Hammer.
  • Battery operated screw driver and bit set (Black and Decker is a pretty good set).
  • Regular screwdriver (with various sized bits in the handle, so you only need one).
  • Pliers.
  • Crescent wrench (a small one is just fine to start with).
  • 10′ tape measure.
  • Metal putty knife.
  • Level.
  • Box cutter.
  • Paint brushes (1″ and 2″ size).
  • Assortment of screws.
  • Assortment of nails (finishing (tiny heads) and regular head).
  • A plunger (I have one on every floor!)
  • White cloth rags for cleanup.
  • Drop Cloths (the cheaper ones are fine unless you are painting walls and have nice carpet.
  • Painters blue tape.

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