|Forum topic by TheWoodenOyster||posted 04-14-2014 06:37 PM||1118 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
04-14-2014 06:37 PM
Hey there everyone,
My mom has requested some basic frame and flat panel drawer fronts and cabinet doors in her bathroom. I plan on using 1/4” ply for the panels and 3/4 poplar for the frames. I have never done any “cabinet” work, so this is new to me. I have a few questions that I know many of you have some good answers to, so here it goes:
1. What is the best way to join the frames?
(Biscuits and pocket screws are out. Frame is to skinny for biscuits, it is 1 1/2” wide at some of the smaller drawers. Pocket screws will be visible from the back side of the cabinet doors. I have been considering dowels.)
2. How do I account for seasonal expansion of the frame?
(Seems to me like no matter which way you do the joints, they will expand and not line up, sort of like a poorly constructed breadboard. Maybe I needn’t worry about that with a max frame width of 2 1/2”, but I am a little concerned.)
3. What is the best way to glue panels up?
(I am trying to avoid as much glue drip as I can, as it’ll be tough and time consuming to clean. I also am looking to keep all the joints aligned to avoid having to plane or sand joint intersections much.)
4. Is MDF or veneered MDF a reasonable option for the panels?
(They will be painted, but I am concerned about moisture absorbtion when used in a restroom. My usual supplier doesn’t carry any decent 1/4” plywood.)
This is a little more of a batching out job that I am used to, so I wanted to tap some knowledge out there, cause I know most of you know a lot more about this procedure than me.
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