FACE FRAMES

Because they completely cover the edges of side panels, face frames are ideally suited for plywood bookcase construction. Made from a contrasting wood, they can also provide a decora­tive detail. Cutting and assembling a face frame demands precision; the joints must be tight and the frame square if it is to fit properly and provide strength. Use the assembled carcase as a reference to measure the rails and stiles. Face frames are either glued in place or attached with biscuit joints as shown below.

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Installing the face frame

Apply glue to the slots in the car­case and face frame and along the mat­ing surfaces. Insert the biscuits in the carcase slots, then set the face frame in place (above). Work quickly since the glue will cause the biscuits to expand almost immediately.

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Clamping the assembly

Clamp the face frame to the carcase about every 12 inches. To apply pressure to the center of the median rail, use a piece of stock clamped to the carcase at either end with a shim in the middle (left).