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09-04-2013 04:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tool cabinet plywood panels

I need some advice from the woodworking gods!
I am about to start the build of my heirloom tool cabinet, I am using the plans from fine woodworking and I think its gonna be great. The problem is the door design, its frame and panel doors but they use plywood panels to be glued in place instead of floating door panels, the panels are flush with the rail and stiles of the door to make hanging tools easier and I cant find plywood that Im happy with for this build. My idea is to use thin 1/8 inch panels and glue them together in alternating grain directions simulating plywood. My final thickness I need is 7/8 inch so I could have a multicore ply. Does that sound like a good fix for the wood movement issues?

This is the link to the project so you can get a better idea if needed.

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#1 posted 09-04-2013 04:17 PM

You can do it, but do you have the equipment to do it nicely
and with reasonable efficiency?

It sounds like a lot of work for a flat panel. I have done curved
plywood panels by gluing thinner layers of plywood together
on a curved form to govern the shape.

Plywood supply varies regionally but I can say for sure that
the big box hardware stores have a spotty selection of
quality ply. Get hold of a B2B phone book for your area
(public library) and you may find there are some dealers
who can get you some ply you’ll like.

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#2 posted 09-04-2013 05:07 PM

So, two things:

First, if I were doing large veneering jobs or plywood glue-ups, I’d either find a shop local to me that had a press or build a vacuum press and have them do it for me.

Second, the ApplePly “where to buy” tool tells me that there’s a “Baer Supply Company” in Huntington, 42 miles away from you, and ApplePly is likely gonna be nicer than anything you can glue up yourself, unless you’ve got a vacuum press.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#3 posted 09-04-2013 07:53 PM

How big are the plywood panels that you need? If you want to make your own, just use hardboard or Baltic Birch type plywood for a core and laminate the 1/8” veneers on both sides. You don’t need a special press or vacuum system, just use cauls that are slightly curved to both ends so that they contact in the center first and use 3/4” platens to spread out the pressure and keep the work flat.. That spreads out the pressure when you clamp everything together. I’ve done this many times with great results.

Here is a panel I glued up for a lap desk, 1/8” maple/1/8” hardboard/1/8” maple. 17” X 12”

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#4 posted 09-04-2013 08:09 PM

Could you use 3/4 ply and put a rebate around the edges, grooves in the rails and stiles?

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#5 posted 09-04-2013 08:29 PM

You can do that, but be prepared for a lot of work…......

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#6 posted 09-04-2013 08:43 PM

Thanks for the help, ill keep looking to see if I can find any plywood that seems to suit the project. If not ill give it a try and test the waters. The panels need to be 10.5 X 19.5 inches.

-- Arguments with furniture are rarely productive. (Kehlog Albran)

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