Originally Posted by Cherryville Chuck View Post
If you mean using something like a 1 by 12 instead then it will be more prone to warpage than a laminated panel where you can alternate grain direction. This issue is why so many woodworkers choose to use plywood panels instead. They are way more likely to stay flat and expansion/contraction cycles are almost non existent.
Great info! I guess after watching dozens of videos on YouTube I assumed it would be a solid piece. All the demos showed the operator grabbing a giant, honking solid slab (so it seemed anyway) and putting it o the router table (or shaper) with the proper bit, speed, several passes, etc.
I took a closer look at my kitchen cabinets (photos below) and noticed that the raised panels ARE laminated pieces as you have suggested. Again, thank you!
I don't think I can use MDF or plywood as I am staining to match the existing cabinetry. To your point, every reference I can find clearly indicates that either MDF or plywood is FAR MORE stable in terms of warpage, etc.
Is there something I am missing on these photos, or are these cabinet raised panels something other than laminated oak pieces? (i.e. I don't believe these are MDF or Plywood somehow treated cosmetically)
If these are laminated pieces, as I believe they are, I'm thinking to laminate 3" to 4" pieces together, alternating the grain direction then cut to final size. Also, been looking for reasons to crack out the Biscuit Jointer, any reason I couldn't use it between the joints before glue up?
seems to describe several methods....
Saving me tons of grief so far, I look forward to any other thoughts!
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