Faceframe glueup and finish.

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Forum topic by skatefriday posted 07-21-2014 10:52 PM 1030 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-21-2014 10:52 PM

Building my first cabinet and I have a question on finishing the faceframe.

If you are going to glue the faceframe to the carcass, do you leave the
back of the frame completely unfinished (no poly)? Or do you finish it up
and then attach, or do you don’t do any finish until the faceframe is attached?

I’m planning on pocket screws and glue.

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#1 posted 07-21-2014 10:57 PM

I do not add stain or a finish to the face frames until I am ready to finish the entire piece.

The only time I pre-finish before assembly is if some part of the project just is not accessible after glue up.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#2 posted 07-21-2014 11:12 PM

the glue wont stick to the finish/stain. been there done that!

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#3 posted 07-23-2014 03:53 AM

Interesting given that the book I’ve been using to teach myself how to do this is Bob Lang’s and I’m pretty sure I read in there that one should finish all the pieces before assembly, and after finishing a carcass post assembly I can see that it would be much easier to do so prior to the glue and screws.

However, I sanded the finish off the back of my face frame, and attached it with glue and pocket screws. It’s looking pretty good so far. Which means everything is lining up within acceptable tolerances.

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#4 posted 07-23-2014 05:46 PM

You need to check into Sommerfields Own Cabinet Maker Router Bit Set This will solve all of your faceframe/carcass problems. This system requires that you make your face frame frame first then built your carcass behind it by a tongue and groove setup. It is fast and very effective.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#5 posted 07-23-2014 06:41 PM

I like the face frame and pocket screw attachment. With the pocket screws, you really do not need the glue.

I do a much better job of finishing when I can lay the part down and get to all the parts easily. This makes both the finishing and the sanding easier.

A lot depends on the piece that you are making. If it is for the shop or utility cabinet, then I would . If it is for a piece of furniture, then I would pre-finish it after attaching it as you want it to meet sides and such exactly and may need to do some planing of sanding after you get it in place.

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