|Forum topic by jstewart||posted 06-24-2008 04:21 AM||6894 views||1 time favorited||9 replies|
06-24-2008 04:21 AM
I’m working on the design phase of a TV stand that will hopefully use frame and flat panels for the sides. I would like to join the rails and stiles using just pocket holes. I know I need to cut a 1/4” groove all around the inside of the frame, but how should I do that? Here are some thoughts I’ve been having. Please provide any feedback or suggestions you might have.
I could simply cut the 1/4” groove in all of the pieces before I join them together. This would be similar to using a cope and stick bit set in a router table. Then the panel would sit in the grooves cut around the inside of each frame piece. However, I’m using pocket hole joinery for the frame. Would the 1/4” groove running through the stiles weaken the pocket hole joints too much? I would think it would.
So, can I somehow cut stopped grooves in the stiles? I don’t have a router table where I could drop a stile down over a 1/4” straight bit. Can I do a similar thing using a table saw? Can I cut a stopped groove using a 1/4” dado set and dropping the board down on top of a running blade?
Should I just build a router table and do stopped grooves on it? I already have a router and a good router plate that I’ve been planning to build a table for. A flat piece of MDF to drop the plate into and a nice straight piece of hardwood for a fence and I should be good to go, right?
-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas