Five-Minute Face Frames
Ensuring Perfect Joints
Pocket-hole joints come close to being foolproof, but a few simple tips ensure perfect joints every time.
•Driving screws can push parts away from each other, as shown below, if both aren't clamped firmly in place.
•To avoid drilling through your workpiece, double-check the stop-collar setting using scrap stock identical in thickness to your workpieces.
•Too much drill torque can break loose the material between the bottom of the pocket-hole and the workpiece end. Dial down the torque setting on your drill-driver before you begin; then dial it up until it just seats the screw.
•Use specially designed screws designed for pocket-hole joints. The bugle-shaped head of a flathead or drywall screw can split the wood at the bottom of the pocket-hole.
•Does your bit look new but work like it's old and dull? Check that the chuck turns clockwise, not counterclockwise. (Yes, it happens.)
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