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.
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 be a perfect fit for 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 be sure to clamp the parts as you’re driving 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 there’s a bed of glue on the front of the cabinet the face frame can have a tendency 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 on you may need to manipulate the case a little to get everything lined up. This is covered in the video.