Well, this is my first attempt at making a face frame…. but the way this design is set up, I’m not sure that I should even call it a face frame…. more like banding in some ways.
Either way… I carefully measured and cut the stock, then very carefully ripped each member to a dim. I transfered with a combo. square.
Then I made my first mistake…. and pre-sanded the members (the boards had been in storage for a long time) with a belt sander ….. which inadvertantly rounded over some of the ends….. ooooops!
I connected the rails and styles with two pocket holes each…. then clamped the frame to the chassis and marked both for biscuits…. .... cut biscuits slots… dry fit… seperated….. glued it up…. and clamped using 2×4s as cawls for the two interior verticle members. I only had 4 pipe clamps and 4 parallel clamps that were long enough and wished I had at least two more…. Can you ever really have enough clamps?
Somewhere, unbeknowst to me, two of the pocket holes cracked through the ends of the top horizontal member…. I didn’t detect this when screwing the members in place… so I’m wondering if they cracked during all the handling afterwards. I tried to work a little glue into the cracks and clamped directly over the spot. One side closed up nicely… the side shown below….not so nice.
Live and learn…
six out of the eight unions look just like this, with no touch up….. so I can see why the Kregg system is so popular.
the verticle members on the outboard ends are only 1-1/4” wide… but it turns out that it was the end grain of the receiving horizontal member that gave.
I’m not calling them rails and styles…. since styles seem to always go all the way through to the edges and rails fill the gap. Maybe that’s the way I should have done it… as the top will be covered, and the cracks would have been hidden. Since the bottom horizontal member is more like an apron, I thought it would look funny if it didn’t go through to the end.
-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!