Question /Gluing solid wood panels

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Blog entry by Rafe Demers posted 05-14-2014 06:26 PM 1448 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am currently working on a Jewlery Box and had some questions. I will be making the box out of Sapele with a bookmatched Birdseye Mapel panel for the top which will be held in a dado/groove. The bottom panel will be Sapele and secured the same way. The corners will be mitered with Wenge keys to help strengthen the joints. My question is should I glue in the bottom and top panels? The top and bottom panels for the box will be about 1/4 inch. I know that when making cabinet doors in the past I was advised to avoid gluing in solid wood panels to allow for movement but wasn’t sure if this would be an issue on a smaller panel. I have made plenty of solid poplar boxes out of 1/4 stock that I have glued the panel in and haven’t had any problem with wood movement but worried that I will with such a nicely finished project.

I appreciate any thoughts or help on this.


-- Rafe Demers

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#1 posted 05-15-2014 04:52 PM

you will probably get may responses to your question if you post it in the forums section instead of a blog.

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#2 posted 05-15-2014 06:13 PM

Thanks! You are absolutely right!

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