November 21, 2017 at 9:57 pm #7353
I see that the notches made to attach the face frame to the cabinet carcasses is 3/16in wide and 1/2in deep. What biscuit size is supposed to be used to attach the face frame to the carcass? It seems standard size biscuits would be a bit too thin for 3/16in notch.
Also, in the construction video what is used to makeep the “quark” on the edge of the carcass and face frame? A router with a chamfer bit comes to mind but I’m thinking that may be too much.
Thanks.November 21, 2017 at 10:06 pm #7354
Good questions. Actually, the width and depth of the alignment slot is set by parameters in CabWriter. The default width is 5/32″ and 1/2″ depth, but they can be changed. The width of a biscuit is 5/32″, so you’re right, 3/16″ would be too wide. I normally use #10 biscuits and I use a 1/2″ deep groove in the carcass sides and slightly over 1/4″ deep into the face frame. If you go much deeper into the FF, you won’t get a good bite with the pocket screws because they’ll end up in the groove.
As for the Quirk, I typically use a 45º chamfer bit in a trim router, and yes, you have to set it for a very shallow cut.
I hope that answers your questions, let me know if you need any other information.
GregNovember 21, 2017 at 10:15 pm #7355
Thanks for the quick response! I didn’t realize the width of the slot could be changed. The info in your response helps a bunch. Thanks again!November 21, 2017 at 10:18 pm #7356
No problem. Just about every aspect of the construction corresponds to a CabWriter parameter, so you can modify them to match your construction method.
Glad we could help.
GregNovember 22, 2017 at 8:02 am #7367chiefwoodworkerKeymaster
I checked the default for the alignment slot and it comes ‘factory set’ to 5/32″ as Greg said. Thanks for your interest in CabWriter. Let us know if there is anything we can do to help you master it.
Joe….November 22, 2017 at 9:37 am #7368
Hmm, I wonder how mine got changed then. I’ll check to see whats its set as.
I do have a couple other questions from the construction video. In the video the narrator says he uses some cabinet screws to connect everything up. I thought those had a special name, but I couldnt make it out in the video. Same question for the barrel bolts to connect two carcasses together. Do those have a specific name and/or can you suggest a place to order those from?
Thanks for both your help!November 22, 2017 at 3:37 pm #7376
The screws that I use are called Confirmat screws and the size I use for this application is M7 x 70mm. You can purchase them many places, but I get mine from Quickscrews and the part number is 5361C. You also need a special stepped drill bit to drill out for the screws beforehand; they’re so large and have a blunt point, that you have to use the pilot bit or they won’t work. They’re meant for holding plywood together and are very strong.
The connector bolts I get from Hafele, but I think there are other sources. The part number for the Connector Sleeve is 267.01.715 and the mating screw is 022.34.157
Hope this helps…
GregNovember 25, 2017 at 8:35 am #7395
Thanks so much for this info! It helps so much. You both have been very helpful.
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