|Forum topic by JoeMurphy||posted 04-25-2014 06:36 PM||1075 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
04-25-2014 06:36 PM
I built a set of cabinets for my own house. The carcases are 3/4” pre-finished birch ply. The face-frames, drawer fronts, rails and stiles are all 3/4” poplar. The panels are 1/4” MDF. I plan to paint everything not made of pre-finished ply white.
Her a re few things I am not sure about how to proceed. Hopefully the some of you guys will be able to help.
1. should I brush some poly on the edges of the ply (except where the face frames will be attached)? The edges will all either face a wall or floor or be covered by end panels. Is this a waste of time? I figure it may guard against the plys absorbing water and swelling apart in the case of a spill or plumbing failure…
2. Should I glue my face-frames on now and paint them on the box or paint them first? If I glue them on unfinished I will not have to worry about masking the glue surface. But it would be generally easier to paint them separately. What do you guys do? Note: most of the face frames have an end panel already attached to them so I will painting those at the same time.
3. I am also undecided on how to mechanically fasten the face frames to the dividers between cabinets. I am going to use pocket screws around the outside where they will be covered by counter top or facing down. I thought about biscuits but I don’t think I will be able line them up perfectly. dowels are a possibility as are fine finish nails since I am painting them. since I have many drawer banks I though it may be acceptable to use pocket screws where there will be drawers since they will be hard to see unless you take the drawers out.
Thanks in advance for any responses.