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I am building some new kitchen cabinets. I am looking for some advice on the construction of the cope-and-stick doors. Do you use anything other than glue to join the rails and stiles? I feel a bit uncomfortable using glue only, especially with larger doors.

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I am building some new kitchen cabinets. I am looking for some advice on the construction of the cope-and-stick doors. Do you use anything other than glue to join the rails and stiles? I feel a bit uncomfortable using glue only, especially with larger doors.

Rick
some just glue..
some add pocket screws...

I back pin mine w/ several short 23GA pins by passing the need for the clamps being left on..
 

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If the glue won't hold it, you're screwed anyway.
 

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I've not tested the theory personally but I read somewhere, on this forum I think, that titebond is stronger than the wood it's gluing, so unless you're hanging a room door then glue should suffice.
 

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Most glues are stronger than the wood you use them on. If you are gluing dark colored wood then the Titebonds or a polyurethane like Gorilla glue are a good choice. If the wood is light colored you may prefer Weldbond instead which dries clear. Dark glues on light colored wood will sometimes leave a dark glue line that is visible.

Freud makes a rail and stile set which allows you to make a longer tenon for better holding power but the original design has been used successfully for decades.
 

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I once made some doors for a china cabinet for my wife in our old house. It was built-in so it is still there. The doors were pretty big and had glass panels. I was concerned about the weight of the glass so i drilled holes for dowels before i ran the frame through the cope and stick router bits. I put dowels in the joints when i assembled the frames. I used glue like I normally would in addition to the dowels.

It was probably overkill but I am sure they will never fail.
 
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