Connecting Face Frame Cabinets
From contributor G:
You need to drill the pilot hole larger than the screw shank. If you can't pull it out, your face frame is not straight.
From contributor B:
This is another reason I question face frame use. But anyway... Last time I had to do a face frame on adjoining cabinets, one had 2 rails and 1 stile, the other had 2 rails and 2 stiles. The stile of the one cabinet slides over the other cabinet's side, hiding it. Then I attached them with cabinet connectors through the sides. That way, there are only two 1 1/2" long seams at the top and bottom (mostly covered by the doors) instead of those huge and ugly seams the whole length of stock cabinets.
From contributor T:
This is what they make tight joint fasteners for. A tight joint fastener is a clamp that is mortised into the panels via a simple jig and router. They are used at non-visible areas where two panels need to be pulled tight. Most common areas are at the sub top where the boxes come together or at the top and bottom rails of adjacent cabinets. The jig and cut-out takes a few extra minutes, but the clamp pulls and aligns the boxes like no screw can ever do. Contact your hardware supplier.
From contributor I:
If the edge has been rolled over or softened by sanding, you might not get a perfect joint.
From contributor N:
Try putting a half degree back cut on each abutting stile. Old school applicators would do this in the field with a hand plane as long as there isnít an ability to nick. I think this could have something to do with where you may be choosing to start putting your boxes together. If you do not size the pilot hole in the part you're trying to pull together larger than the receiving pilot, the screw will always try to unscrew the two pieces. An old rule is the pulling pilot same as the outside diameter of the threads on the pulling screw. Run the screw in once not penetrating the second stile, then pull it back out, then pull both pieces together. I guess you're using buttons to conceal or something. Screw heads donít do much when you open the doors.
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