Built In Closets #3: Face Frames

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Blog entry by SPHinTampa posted 10-23-2010 12:48 AM 3028 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I forgot to cover cutting the biscuits for the face frames in the last blog entry. So here we go. Using story stick, I marked the biscuit centers on the face frame styles. And I marked the center of one rail to set up the jig. Then I used a biscuiting jig that I built using plans from Wood Magazine to cut the FF sized biscuit joints for the face frames.

Lesson Learned … make sure you have adequate space to cut joinery when you route a profile into a face frame … in a couple of places, the biscuit is at risk of showing.

I then finished the face frames using the Veritas moulding sanding blocks (cheap and really helpful). In retrospect, I should have finished first and then cut joinery because I could have conceivably interfered with biscuit slot depths. However, I find biscuits forgiving (or sloppy if you prefer).

I used a block plane and goose neck scrapers to help take care of the worst tear out on face frames. I am amazed by how much you can clean up mistakes with router “snipe” and tear our using the profile sanding blocks and 100 grit sandpaper but I do not enjoy the elbow grease required to do so.

Now that we have face frames sanded to 180 grit, a few Bessey Clamps are needed to glue them up.

Since I am planning to nail the face frames into place, I did not prefinish the frames so I could putty them.

I am interested in anyone’s experience with this
... should I try to just glue and clamp onto frame?
... should I finish, nail, putty and touch up just the holes?
... any other approaches?

Next steps … tower sub assemblies.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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