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Forum topic by TLE posted 04-01-2010 07:34 PM 2493 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-01-2010 07:34 PM

Can anyone give me some guidelines for a maximum distance between 2 pocket screws across the grain?

I’m building a somewhat unusual frame of 3/4 inch yellow poplar and I plan to space the screw pairs in the stiles by 1 3/4 inches. This is for a bench cabinet in my shop which will go through a humidity change during the year between 40 and 60 percent. The wood will be well varnished. Will the wood move enough to crack?

I would appreciate any advice on this.

Thanks very much.


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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 04-01-2010 09:07 PM

Okay, so you’re putting the screws 1¾” apart in the end of the stiles? You should be okay.

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#2 posted 04-01-2010 10:59 PM

If one will pull the joint tight enuff for glue squeeze out, you don’t need no more. There ain’t no structural help with them screws, any how. After the glue dries, you can remove ‘em and it don’t make no difference.
That being said, almost all my face frames are pocket screwed and pocket screws are used to attach the frame to the cab…and I leave the screws in, too.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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