Following some house reorganization, it became apparent that we needed a new TV cabinet. So I set out to build one. As it needed to be done in a quick manner and did not need to be an heirloom piece, I decided to explore Kreg pocket joinery.
I was not sure what to expect of the Kreg mini jig. After some testing, I felt pretty good about the joint quality, seemingly quick and solid. I then set to buy the lumber for the cabinet. To speed the build and to eliminate the glue ups, I chose some edge glued furniture panels from the home center. They were not great quality material but sufficient for a painted furniture piece and flat enough for assembly without additional face planing. I did true their edges with my jointer plane.
I started by sawing to length the two upright pieces, truing the ends with a plane and framing square. Then with the uprights clamped together I marked the locations for the shelves. Next I cut and planed a 1×4 to length for the front kick and used it as the template to layout, saw, and plane the top, shelves, and bottom and rear cross pieces.
Once all the stock was to final dimension, I marked the locations of the pocket screws and proceeded to drill all of them with my 1/2″ corded drill (my eggbeater would have gotten a real workout with this task, but the power option here was a great time saver). With the Kreg right angle clamp, I began assembly. I found driving the screws with my bit brace cumbersome from the lack of good clearance in cabinet’s carcass (next time I might opt for a screwdriver). I also discovered that by driving screws by hand the additional pressure required the joints have a little extra stabilization over what the right angle clamp provides. I think if one were using a power screwdriver this would be less of an issue. Fortunately the work holding ability of my bench and holdfasts allowed this extra stability to be easily accomplished. For my first assembly with the Kreg jig/screws, I was pleased how the build went and felt it resulted in a very solid piece. After some licks with my smoothing plane and some sanding, this TV stand was done in a day and ready for painting.
A few picture updates from some other ongoing projects…