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Offline Packard

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Re: Joining face frame wall cabinets
« Reply #30 on: March 02, 2021, 12:58 PM »
I don't use Miller Dowels, but this is an example of "through dowels".  Alignment is automatic.  The only downside is that the dowel is visible. 

It is also stronger.  You get the dowel through the entire thickness of the panel.  You can use longer dowels.  You drill, glue and tap in the dowels.  I used a drill guide, but you can eye-ball it if you are skilled enough with an electric drill.

I don't know what other aspect you need illustrated.

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Offline JeremyH.

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Re: Joining face frame wall cabinets
« Reply #31 on: March 02, 2021, 03:11 PM »
Oh maybe it's simpler than I was thinking.

My Duo Doweller (the smaller one) just arrived and is being sent to me so I'm excited to be able to set depths and do hidden dowels easily.
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Offline Packard

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Re: Joining face frame wall cabinets
« Reply #32 on: March 02, 2021, 03:34 PM »
Doweling the face frames on is definitely going to work.  It is way, way, way overkill in terms of strength requirements.  The face frame does not add much structure.  It is only as strong as the joint where the rail meets the stile, which is typically unglued pocket holes.

I've used dowels and once tried saddle joints.  The saddle joints were visible so it pleased me.  But they took up way too much time and offered minimal advantages.  There is probably a reason most commercial shops use pocket hole joinery for the face frames: They are fast to execute and get the job done.