Keeping Panel from sticking to Rail/Stile Joint
I've made several sets of cabinets and bookcases over the last several years, and one thing continues to give me trouble: When making rail and stile doors with raised (or flat) panels, how do you keep the glue from the rail/stile joint from sticking to the panel? No matter how careful I am, the corners of the panel often stick to the glued joint. If both (or all 4) corners stick this way, of course the panels eventually crack.
Even if I pre-stain the panel it still can happen. I have not, however, tried to put the lacquer or poly coat on the panel before assembling. Maybe I'll try that next.
However, someone HAS to have a trick to keeping this from happening. Like some wax on the corners? Or something else that will keep it from sticking? I often stand there moving the panels to try to keep them from sticking, which works unless the panel is tight. I try to be sparing on the glue, but it is very hard to get it to not seep onto the panel.
Anyway, any suggestions would be welcome! -Bill