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Forum topic by Ben posted 10-27-2013 04:00 AM 954 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-27-2013 04:00 AM

Working on kitchen cabinets for my house.
I will be mitering some finished end panels to the face frame, with the miter running vertically through the entire stile.

Any tips for gluing these up? I have a jointer and planer, so they’ll be milled dead flat, but I’ve had trouble with this before.

I’m thinking:

a) pin nailer and light clamping
b) biscuits? ( i don’t own a biscuit joiner)
c) just glue and clamps with some kind of jig to keep from sliding?

One of the two pieces will likely already be on the cabinet. So I can screw through the back of the cabinet to hold, say, the finished frame and panel on. Then clamp the other piece to it?

What are the methods you guys use for this?


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#1 posted 10-27-2013 04:14 AM

If the finish look will be dark, a) is a good way to go. With the pins, you shouldn’t need any clamping.

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#2 posted 10-27-2013 05:22 AM

I have done this two ways.
1. Miters reinforced with biscuits. This worked well, but required 18 gauge brad nails to close the joints. The joints have held up well for years. Spring miter clamps might help too.

2. Locking miter router bit. These are pretty slick, and seem to provide a friction fit that closes the joint well.

I had good luck with both, it just depends what tools you have available.

Good luck

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