Biscuit Joinery, Pocket Screw Joinery, The TV Console
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Two frames – TV Console project

Since my last post, I have been working on the face frame and the frame for the base (shown in blue).

When I look at blogs like Daily Blog Tips or ProBlogger, they often comment how important good content is. With this in mind, I have been waiting to add a new blog post with some significant update to this project. While I had hoped to get to the bracket feet, time ran out and they have not yet materialized, but a lot has been going on over the past week.

I am still laying the ground work for the elements of this project that make it look like something. When I get the bracket feet and the base molding attached to the case, the TV Console will really start to take shape. Before I can get to that point, I have to build and attach the face frame as well as the base frame.

The face frame comes first since it gives me the final outside dimension of the case. To this, I can then add the planned size of the base molding to give me the target dimension of the base frame.

This jig helps me cut straight edges on long boards. My jointer is not accurate on a board this long.

On face frames, I use my pocket screws and glue to join the needed rails and stiles.

I recently saw an internet discussion about joinery techniques like pocket screws, dominos and biscuits. The question was are these techniques OK for fine woodworking? Guess what my answer was? I use both pocket screws and biscuits with these frames. Here, I feel that pocket screws and glue are just fine for what I call non-structural joinery. I once saw pocket screws used to join bracket feet together which I think is very much inappropriate due to the weight placed on the base of a project.

With the face frame I use glue and clamps to lock it in place; pocket screws at the case top and bottom.

This step is a little stressful because I take great care to fabricate the face frame a little over size so that I can position the lower rail flush with the bottom shelf. Everything goes well.

Moving on to the base frame, I cut the necessary parts, join the sides to the back and with the front dry fitted, I cut a slot for the dust panel.

I use a 1/2″ slot cutting bit in my router to cut the dado for the dust panel.

I use two biscuits and glue at each corner to create a strong joint.

Here, I have the 1/4″ MDF dust panel positioned and the front glued in place.

The warped sides and shelves are flat and the face frame joint is almost invisible.

Next, I will fabricate the actual feet. For this, I plan to resurrect my Dad’s old Craftsman bench top drill press. Should be interesting.I love how mahogany sands – it is very agreeable with sandpaper. I also am very pleased with the color – love it.


  1. Jeff, you never shy away from great content. 🙂

    This cabinet is coming together beautifully. Have your additional materials arrived yet?

    Love your blog and the projects you create. Keep up the great work.

  2. It is such a little thing but it makes life so much easier: not mitering all four corners on that base frame was brilliant. Who is going to see it after all right. That is a tidbit I plane to employ in my next chest of drawers project

  3. Thanks Paul.

    Shannon – I thought a lot about mitering the back corners and I had drawn it that way in the original SketchUp, but this frame also serves as part of the base molding and since the back corner of the quarter round will not be mitered, I decided not to miter the frame corners.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  5. Nice project Jeff. The implied “doric” dividers are a great touch. As an alternative to the finished wood version, I could see a version made with sheet goods and painted with glossy white lacquer (don’t shoot me, I’m a modernist at heart 😉 ).

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