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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-22-2011, 06:53 AM Thread Starter
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I have recently read that if you are making cabinet doors with raised panels that you only glue the rails to the stiles and let the panel float. I am currently building a small 6 drawer cabinet with maple stiles and rails. The panels are veneered with bird'seye maple on 1/4" pressboard and elm veneer on the inside. Since the panels will have very little movement I was planning on glueing them to the rails and stiles. If I was using solid wood I would leave the panels to float, is that correct? In my case all of the panels will be trimmed up around the stiles and the middle rails and the trim will be glued to the panel and the rail or stile, so there will be no movement in my case. What happens if I was using real wood panels and I wanted to trim them up? How would I hold the trim to the wood and the rails and the stiles?
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Hi Paul

" panels to float, is that correct? " = Yes and a BUT if you get any glue on the panels it's very hard to get it off so to say it's best to follow the rule no glue on the panels, why take the chance

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I have recently read that if you are making cabinet doors with raised panels that you only glue the rails to the stiles and let the panel float. I am currently building a small 6 drawer cabinet with maple stiles and rails. The panels are veneered with bird'seye maple on 1/4" pressboard and elm veneer on the inside. Since the panels will have very little movement I was planning on glueing them to the rails and stiles. If I was using solid wood I would leave the panels to float, is that correct? In my case all of the panels will be trimmed up around the stiles and the middle rails and the trim will be glued to the panel and the rail or stile, so there will be no movement in my case. What happens if I was using real wood panels and I wanted to trim them up? How would I hold the trim to the wood and the rails and the stiles?
Thanks for your advice. Paul



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I agree with bobj3, if there is the remotest possibility of movement then no glue. It's not necessary anyway if the panels are held in grooves. If the panels are to be stained etc. that should be done before fitting or shrinkage can result in a telltale line showing. Moulding the stiles/rails with the cutter of choice is my preference rather than applied trim.
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Norm on the New Yankee Workshop recommended glueing about 1" at the middle of the panel just to keep it from rattling. I would imagine that a small bead of silicone would do the same thing.

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Norm on the New Yankee Workshop recommended glueing about 1" at the middle of the panel just to keep it from rattling. I would imagine that a small bead of silicone would do the same thing.
This is what I do on my panel assemblies, I put a small dab of silcone in the groove in a couple places on each side then let it dry and then go ahead and assemble/glue stiles and rails but not panel.

Never have any rattles and it gives to allow for expansion.

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