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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-28-2010, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Default 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
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Trim the corners off the panel.

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Hi Bill

Once you have the panel stained take a bar of paraffin wax and put some on the corners of the panel then glue up the frame, you will need to run/rub the wax on till it gets warm and melts on the stock and pass or two will do the trick the norm.

If you are not sure a drop of water will tell you that you got it right b/4 the glue up..


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Default Thanks, I'll try that!

I was thinking something like that might work, but wanted to hear someone else who had done it first. I'll try it on this Steamer Trunk (from hell) that I am building now and see how it works. Thanks!
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I've never tried this myself but I have heard of people using wax paper.
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Hi, William: I have made alot of doors and I round the very corners of each panel.
It is usually the very corner that gets the glue, and sticks. I also pre finish the panels
before assembling the doors. Hope this helps.. Woodnut65
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