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Forum topic by Scott posted 11-11-2015 07:15 PM 768 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-11-2015 07:15 PM

I’m working on a few cabinets that are face framed with raisRd panel doors. I have a pocket hole jig which is what I used to join the face frames. However, they are not perfectly flat. I clamped the two ends together when I assembled them, but they didn’t assemble perfectly flat. What would be the best way to flatten them for a seamless look? Sanding would take a lot of time so I’m thinking a card scraper or hand plane?

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#1 posted 11-11-2015 07:20 PM

Sanding with a random orbit sander and 100 grit paper will take care of that in a hurry. I am assuming the shift is 1/32” or so. A hand plane will cause you headache where the grain changes directions. A card scraper I fear would take too long (good for smoothing but not much more).

In the future you may want to clamp both the rail and stile to a flat workbench before running in the screws.

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#2 posted 11-11-2015 07:26 PM

How far off are they? I’ve used the ROS like Willie said, and it works fine. I had one instance where it was a bit more off, I used a smoothing plane cross-grain on the ends of a stile to get it close, then use the ROS to finish it off, but that can be risky depending on the wood type and grain direction.

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#3 posted 11-12-2015 01:01 AM

No question about it: hand plane.

All that dust…....oy

Watch that grain direction!

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#4 posted 11-12-2015 01:39 AM

I got one of those big steel plates . mounted it into a solid core door .this was an improvement . have you tried adding a biscuit for allignment . I think the most important thing is to take the time to set-up .Seems like it hasn’t been a problem like when I first stared using pocket screws .

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