advice regarding gluing/screwing hardwood to laminated particleboard for builtin

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Forum topic by Vjeko posted 03-03-2014 02:24 PM 1274 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-03-2014 02:24 PM

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OK, this will be an easy one for those who do installations – would like to know how best
best to go about it. I want to make a builtin of this sort :
(see photos a little way down where a builtin is put together).
The inside part (shelves/verticals) of the builtin is one part and the sliding doors are then later
installed separately in front of the shelves/verticals. Rafix type hardware is used (still working
on a solution on the drilling ;) )

The outside vertical panels (next to the walls) are made of two parts – (a)the inner part to which
the shelves are connected and a section (b) which is some 30cm wide, 10cm protruding
in front of section (a) (used as both the surface for sliding doors to close on at each wall &
for scribing to the wall ) and the rest behind section (a).
I want to make section (b) out of hardwood – what is the best way to
secure (b) to (a) & fit/scribe ?

I was thinking of some sort of glue & screws combination (if hardwood 30cm wide, 10 protruding, then
the 20cm behind (a) screwed with screws alternating with a spacing of eg 10cm, every
30cm along the 2.5m height of the panel.
To do it this way, I would need to put together the builtin, scribe both side panels, disassemble
the outside, glue & screw and assemble again. Not sure if that is along the lines of the best solution.
The hardwood needs to be only a little more than 10cm wide (visible part), so another solution using even
less hardwood would also be appreciated.

-- Vjeko Balas - Croatia

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#1 posted 03-08-2014 08:25 PM

bump – maybe I was too verbose – here’s a sketch.
What’s the best way to glue/screw the hardwood to the melamine/particleboard end panel
(considering the need to put together the builtin (vertical panels & shelves)
& scribe the hardwood to the wall ? i.e. some details on type of glue/screws & their location
The hardwood is what the sliding doors will close against.

-- Vjeko Balas - Croatia

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#2 posted 03-09-2014 07:53 PM

If I understand you want a hardwood strip on the exposed edge of particle board/melamine? Glue it. I’ve done it with regular wood glue but contact cement is another option. Screws won’t hold well because the particleboard is crumbly but they do make special screws for it with very coarse threads. Other options are biscuits or loose tenon.

-- Rick M,

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