The Key to Flush Face Frames

posted 3/24/2015 in Kreg Tool Tips: Clamping by Kreg Tool Company

The Key to Flush Face Frames

Frames are common in many types of woodworking projects, including building cabinets and bookcases. The pieces of a frame are on a flat plane and usually include a rail, where pocket holes are placed, that is connected to a vertical piece called the stile.

For example, on a base cabinet, pocket holes should be placed on the rails and then connected to the outside stiles. It is easiest to build a face frame when your wood is exactly the same thickness, because it will make a flush joint on the front side.

Drill at least two pocket holes across the back side of the rail to make sure that it will not twist when assembled. Then, position the rails into alignment, using reference marks if needed. Clamp over the joint line and drive in the screws. The key to an accurate joint is holding both pieces of wood flush with a clamp, especially when joining hardwoods. Kreg® Face Clamps are specifically designed to hold the rail and adjoining piece perfectly flush as the screw is driven. For repeated joining of face frames, we offer a variety of clamping table systems.

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