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Anyone who has glued up a few doors knows how frustrating it can be attempting to build assemblies that turn out both flat and square. As I’m working on a cabinet article for the April issue of the magazine, I’m happy to have a few quick jigs on hand that make the process much less nerve wracking.

The jigs are nothing more than a section of melamine outfitted with two plywood or hardwood fences screwed in place at a perfect right angle to each other. For the doors, I simply apply glue to the joints and set the assembly in place against the fences. Clamps are then applied so that they span from the outside of each fence to the opposite side of the workpiece. Because the fences are square, the door is guaranteed to be square.

In addition to helping ensure that the assembly is square, I also can clamp the door down to the jig’s surface, using it as a caul, to make sure the door stays flat. I’ve


 

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