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Hello all,

First time posting here. Hope you can help.

I just purchased the Kreg Master system for a project I am starting. It is a breakfast bar for the kitchen. It will basically be three base cabinets. But,,, I am putting a trash bin type drawer on one end ( to hold the dog food )  and a trash compactor on the other end.  The ends will be 90 degress to the middle cabinet, which will be a bank of drawers. To make it easier to get out of my cellar "workshop" I am going to make three individual cabinets instead of one monster.

 Looking thru the Kreg Cabinet Making Booklet that came with my jig it says to dado the back in....

My question is What is the reasoning behind that?  Is there a specific reason to do that? If I am already pocket screwing the sides.. what difference does it make to pocket screw the back?

 

Thanks

Mike

 

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Dadoing the back in will further strengthen the piece and give it a clean look in case the cuts arent totally square or if there is tear out on the back from cross cutting...plus the dado being inset will give it an extra shadow effect and flush looks arent always the sharpest looks..i always like to have "stepped connections..for that reason..for clean looks and it hides any imperfections by hiding them in a shadow so to speak.
I don't know what stock you're using for the back in this project, but many times the back of a cabinet is 1/4 inch plywood. It wouldn't be possible to use pocket holes on 1/4 inch stock.
Good question, Michael. Dadoing the back is just one option (the option the book writer obviously chose) and you can definitely pocket hole the back if you choose to, just be sure to select plywood at least 1/2" thick.

Here is one such example that was posted in the KJOC:

Since this will be holding a large piece of granite, I am planning on over kill on the construction. It will be 3/4" ply on sides and back. Since a compactor will be on one side,,, the dog food drawer "bin" on the other .. and a bank of drawers in the middle you really won't be looking at the interior at all. I was debating wether to go with oak ply ( HD ply,,, I won't pay cabinet grade for this project) or melamine,,, like I said you really won't be looking at the interior.
Thanks for the input..

KregRep said:
Good question, Michael. Dadoing the back is just one option (the option the book writer obviously chose) and you can definitely pocket hole the back if you choose to, just be sure to select plywood at least 1/2" thick.

Here is one such example that was posted in the KJOC:

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