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Mainiac Matt

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767 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: glue adhesive mdf melamine question

I’ll be bonding Melamine false drawer fronts to MDF drawer front panels ….

The pull I’m using will have two 1/8” threaded screws aiding the connection, and I may sink a couple sheet rock screws from the inside.

What adhesive would give me a good bond and be easy to use?

Spray contact adhesive?

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waho6o9

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#1 posted 767 days ago

Epoxy maybe? At least you will have set up time.

Spray adhesive, 3M, doesn’t have a set up time in my experience. So I guess you’ll have to make a jig or something.

Good luck ssnvet

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patron

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#2 posted 767 days ago

try this vet

http://www.mcfeelys.com/product/MELAMINE-GLUE/Titebond-Melamine-Glue/?ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=158237&gclid=CMm-3Kvpt7A

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cabmaker

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#3 posted 767 days ago

Pulls ,screws from back, why use adheasive ? Youll wish you hadnt if you need to go back for an adjustment. But if you must just use wood glue, that is if you used one sided melemine, otherwise it will not do any good.

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Bill White

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#4 posted 767 days ago

I’ve never glued drawer fronts to drawer boxes. I use washer head screws in a slightly oversized hole to allow some leeway for final reveal adjustment.
Get the fronts aligned properly and drill for the pulls/knobs.
Sheetrock screws are not the best fastener for anything but sheetrock (IMO).
Just my way.
Bill

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fussy

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#5 posted 767 days ago

You absolutely must bond the melmac to the mdf or else you will cut the beejeesus on the edges as they won’t stay down and flat. Contact cement is best and easiest for this. I haven’t used spray, and would hesitate to without serious ventillation and protection. My choice has allways been solvent based. I usually roll it on. If it’s a big enough project, I buy a special roller made for contact cement.

Steve

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Lee Barker

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#6 posted 766 days ago

For the record, Melamine glue will adhere Melamine to a wood (even MDF) surface, but will not glue MM to MM.

There.

Gluing the fronts on is folly and a waste of time, not to mention a major headache if there is a repair needed in the future. I can’t imagine Steve’s use of contact cement. If it goes on crooked, the options are grim.

I predrill four (oversize) holes through the front of the drawer box and predrill my pull holes in the to-be-attached front. I put the carcase on its back and align the front where I want it and drive two temp screws into the box through the pull holes.

It sounds a little busy but it’s really a very fluid process and all fronts can be done at the same time.

I stand it up and attach my four interior screws, then back out the two in the front, drill through, and it’s ready for a pull. I do any final fine tuning via the drawer slide.

Kindly,

Lee

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