Hi all. I'm contemplating building a handful of interior doors for the
shack and I'm wondering if it would be wise to use pocket screws to
connect rail to stile rather than the more traditional dowel or
mortise-tenon joinery. I can certainly assemble a door more quickly
using screws (and glue). But...is a door put together this way up to
the wear-and-tear that doors are subject to? I'm thinking yes, but I'd
certainly like a few other opinions before I stumble forward with my
Standard rail and stile router bits do the job - double sided bits are
available too, so you can do everything in one pass. I like to reinforce
the joints with dowels, too, though. It is fairly quick with dowel center
punches. Pocket holes would look ugly even if plugged. Perhaps if you were
going to laminate each rail and stile and hid the pocket holes on the inside
lamination, it would be OK, but that's going overboard for an interior door
and would be more work.
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