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Build a Wall Cabinet, Part 2: Face Frame

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This is part two of our three-part cabinetmaking tutorial. Be sure to download the project plan that provides dimensional details, hardware sources, and the cut list for this project.

Build Sequence

The sequence followed to build the cabinet is important. The cabinet carcase gets built first, and the face frame is cut to size and made after the case is complete. This ensures that the face frame will perfectly fit the carcase.

Face Frame Joinery

Face frames are commonly held together with pocket hole joinery. The easiest way to create pocket holes is with a pocket hole jig. Drill the pocket holes only in the backs of the rails. When you assemble the face frame, clamp the parts as you drive the screws so the components can’t climb and come out of alignment.

Attaching the Face Frame

Attaching the face frame to the cabinet can be tricky. Once a bed of glue is on the front of the cabinet, the face frame can tend to slip and slide all over the place. Be sure to catch the great tip in the video that will help you avoid this. As you glue the face frame, you may need to manipulate the case slightly to get everything lined up. This is covered in the video.

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Tutorial Materials

Build a Wall Cabinet with Kreg Plan Download

Part 1: Build the Case

Part 3: Door and Details

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One Response to “Build a Wall Cabinet, Part 2: Face Frame”


    In Part 1, you used your tape measure to size the cut from the full sheet. This reminded me of the question I have Never been able to get a satisfactory answer to. "Why are Tape measures all 'Left Handed'?" By that I mean, As a Right Hander, the tape measure is held in the left hand, the pencil in the right. This means that the numbers are all upside down. Right way up for a Lefty. Question is, what percentage of users are molly -dookers?

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