I am currently working on a Jewlery Box and had some questions. I will be making the box out of Sapele with a bookmatched Birdseye Mapel panel for the top which will be held in a dado/groove. The bottom panel will be Sapele and secured the same way. The corners will be mitered with Wenge keys to help strengthen the joints. My question is should I glue in the bottom and top panels? The top and bottom panels for the box will be about 1/4 inch. I know that when making cabinet doors in the past I was advised to avoid gluing in solid wood panels to allow for movement but wasn’t sure if this would be an issue on a smaller panel. I have made plenty of solid poplar boxes out of 1/4 stock that I have glued the panel in and haven’t had any problem with wood movement but worried that I will with such a nicely finished project.
I appreciate any thoughts or help on this.
-- Rafe Demers