I had practice with face frames during the kitchen project and got pretty decent at it. I use a Kreg pocket screw jig and face frame clamp for this style. The cabinets had a frame around the outside without the intermediate rails. That made it a bit more challenging, but it wasn’t too bad.
I used one piece of wood so I could make the length cut in one pass in order to make sure they were all the same length.
One thing about sassafras – when you work with it, the smell is great! It fills the house with a sweet, oily smell.
I first saw sassafras at my lumber supply, Urbanwood. I didn’t know much about it, but after reading some, I learned that:
- Shoots are used to make root beer
- Preferred wood for boats and fence posts
- Was used in infant and toddler furniture as the wood was thought to keep nightmares away
- Allergic reactions can become more serious with more exposure
I was a bit concerned about the reactions. Since I was sealing the wood with a water based finish and a chew rail would be on the rails of the crib (which are ash), I thought my son would be OK. I haven’t had any allergic reactions to the wood. It seems that the warning are mostly for working with the wood, and that a dust mask should be worn when working with that species of wood.
So far so good!