I am attempting one of my biggest projects in a long time. My better half wants floor to ceiling bookcases for the basement. She wants them painted with white high gloss enamel paint and so I’m using mostly 3/4 plywood and a bit of pine for trims.
I’ve tried a couple of methods for the rail and style joints on the doors and have decided on pocket holes. I’ve seen other people on here complaining about how the joint can “creep” when driving in the screws. I have found a way that works flawlessy for me. I use a miter clamp. The joints butt up tightly and are virtually impossible to move. Also, the clamp doesn’t mark the wood like a regular Kreg clamp can if tightened very tight. Setup is a breeze and very fast. It sure works for me.
I was in Ottawa this past weekend and discovered that there is a Lee Valley store there. I made 3 separate visits and was like a kid in a candy shop, each time coming out with more stuff than I bought during the last visit. I came home with a bag of stuff that I just HAD to have. I was explaining to my wife how each item works and why I NEEDED it, and she would look at me as if she was interested, but I knew that in reality she didn’t have a clue about what I was talking about. All she knows is that the wall units are starting to look good.
One thing I found there and simply love are the pocket hole plugs. These things are amazing… especially since the doors are being painted. My progress is very slow but there hasn’t been any major mistakes as of yet… knock on wood… and I’m really having a blast.