Joining cabinets through the face frame

Joining cabinets through the face frame


This video shows how cabinets are clamped and screwed together through the face frame

11 thoughts on “Joining Cabinets Through the Face Frame

  1. Could you provide a brand name for the screws you use to join cabinet face frames. Can’t seem to locate these at either lowes or home depot

    1. The screws we used in that install are no longer sold by Lowes. We suggest the GRK brand of screws at Lowes as we now have great success with them. But, the screw you chooses is really up to you. Lots of other screws are out there and every cabinet installer has their ‘favorite’. An associate at Lowes can guide you on the best screw for your purpose or you can buy them online through our tools and supplies page https://www.cabinetjoint.com/shop-tools-hardware-test/ or elsewhere.

    1. Hey Spencer, thanks for your question. We suggest you speak with your cabinet manufacturer about this as the answer may vary depending upon the cabinet brand/manufacturer. If you purchased your job through us, please contact your sales rep and they can help you with any installation questions you may have. Have a great day!!

  2. I once installed kitchen cabinets and was sure to secure the face frames for uppers and lowers. I installed crown moulding on the uppers and of course countertops on the lowers. I am now installing upper cabinets in my laundry room with no plans to install crown. Do I still need to secure the face frames to to adjacent cabinets? Does this offer any benefits other than aesthetics? Thanks!

    1. Yes, if you do not screw through the face frame to join cabinets together, the space between them can “grow” as wood movement occurs (humidity, etc). Plus, by joining the face frames, you are essentially spreading the strength of the install screws going into the wall across a run of cabinets vs just one. By joining the frames, you make for a much stronger run of cabinets. We would never suggest leaving out this important step.

    1. Place the cabinet on the wall (use a ledger board or have a helper handy) and line up/clamp the face frames. Secure with screws. THEN install the screws to the wall, using shims as necessary.

    1. The prevailing method is to screw through the frame as you are pulling them together whereas a pocket screw (at an angle) would pull the cabinets out of alignment as the pocket screw will try to pull the adjacent cabinet “backward” as it also tightens. I have never seen any other method than face frame to face frame connection (some people counter sink the screws and putty the holes with matching fill or they hide the screws behind the hinge bracket).

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