Five-Minute Face Frames
Pocket Hole Process
1 Mark an "X" on the inside faces of each frame part to avoid drilling into the appearance face of your frame. Center the pocket-hole jig on the end of a part to be drilled and clamp both firmly to your workbench.
2 Set the drill bit stop collar according to workpiece thickness and the type of jig you're using. Then drill two pocket holes photo above right. Repeat the first two steps for the ends of each rail and center stile on your frame.
3 At each joint, butt the mating parts together and clamp them solidly against your workbench photo below right. Then drive pocket-hole screws suited to the wood. Use fine-thread screws for joining hardwoods and coarse-thread screws for softwoods and composites, such as MDF or particleboard. Both types have split tips that eliminate the need to drill pilot holes in the part being joined.
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