Work is fantastically more fun and enjoyable when things are square..........
I've been faceframing my cabinet carcasses for the last couple of days and I"m soooooooooooooooooooooooooo happy. By taking ALL of the itme that I've taken to get my miter saw perfectly square, my faceframes go together square without a thought.
My biggest cabinet/faceframe is 54" x 42" (an upper). I attached the intermediate stiles to the top rail and then put on the bottom rail. Because the ends of the rails are perfectly (as far as I can get them) square, they are exactly in the right distance from the outer stiles. I double check with my tape of course and then clamp them and put in the screws and glue. When I lay the last piece in place and attach it, the other outer stile,both the top and bottom rail are right at the ends, just where they are supposed to be. When I cross measure to check for square, it ws only off by less than 1/32", less than 1/64" in each direction. All of the others have come out equally as well.
I'm not a great woodworking cabinet maker, more of a hack trying to get by, so when my faceframes are square I know that when I hang the cabinets I won't have any alignment problems. The bottoms come out flush with each other, my stiles meet without gaps, my doors hang effortlessly and I"m very happy with the job when I'm done. I take a long time getting them done but I'd rather be satisfied with my workmanship when I'm done than save a litle time even if I make less money. I'm just a bonehead hack but I've never had a call back or anyone been anything but very happy when I get paid. When I see that my customers are excited to use their new kitchen, bath, deck, closet shelves, door knob, fan or whatever, I feel satisfied that I did a good job. That is what makes the agonizing over the little things worth it for me. That's why I like what I do.
Anyway, enough of my feelings. Thanks to all for putting up with me through my saw alignment ordeal and for your help and advice.
My diet is working good. I'm down to needing just one chair now.
"Just think how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of them are even stupider!" --George Carlin