Modern pocket-hole jigs let casual woodworkers build furniture with smooth lines and no visible screws. Builders have used pocket-hole joinery for ages, but, in the past, many casual woodworkers shied away from using the technique because it is difficult to create the pockets quickly and uniformly by hand. Today, woodworkers can buy special jigs to guide them into drilling into the wood at the proper angles.
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Use pocket holes to create face frames for wood cabinets. A face frame is that flat part of the cabinet that you fix to the cabinet carcase, or box, to add support, hold the hardware and hide the raw edges of the carcase. To build the face frame, lay the wood pieces out on a flat surface in the position to match your cabinet. Use a jig to create pocket holes at one corner. Screw that piece to the piece with which it forms a right angle. Repeat this for the bottom section and at the other two corners. For larger frames, add additional slats at intervals consistent with the configuration of the cabinet shelves or drawers. Face frames are a straightforward project for average home enthusiasts who want to experiment with pocket hole techniques.
Make a backless outdoor bench with pocket-hole joinery as designed by the woodworkers behind Lowe’s Creative Ideas. The bench is rectangular. Narrow planks form the seat, and studs form the legs and frame. Pocket-hole joinery hides the screws that hold it all together and gives the bench a sleek and modern look. Concealing the screws also reduces the chance the elements will erode them. Lowe’s says a beginner do-it-yourself woodworker can create this bench. Assemble the bench by attaching a short rail between two studs at the tops of the studs with pocket-hole joinery. Two sets of this stud-and-rail combination are the bench legs. Make the bench frame by connecting one end of a long rail to the corner of one leg and the other end to the corner of the other leg. Use another rail to attach the other leg. Insert support braces perpendicular to the long rails. Attach flat planks to the top of the unit, running parallel to the long rails. Complete the bench by adding a tailored pillow.
Popular Mechanics instructs woodworkers how to build a set of nesting tables that take advantage of pocket holes. The nesting tables are a set of three snack-size tables; the top table has the largest surface area and the longest legs. The middle and bottom tables have the same proportions as the top, but each is slightly smaller than the one above it. Pull the tables out from under the top table to create additional surfaces. Popular Mechanics classifies this project as simple to perform. They use stock pieces of wood to make the legs and the rails that create the frame for the table, and medium-density fiberboard for the top. Pocket holes join the table rails to its legs. Joining the legs with pocket holes gives the table a streamlined appearance.
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