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Posted on Assemble first or finish first? Is there a way that I am missing?

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#1 posted 09-19-2011 01:20 PM

What you are faced with is the panel moving. If you glue everything together and finish, when the panel moves, the parts of the panel that are unfinished will show up along the edges of your trim. Plus, you run the risk of the finish bonding the trim to the panel and cracking the trim pieces when the panel moves.
I would suggest you rabbit the back of the door to accept the panel. This method will allow you to assemble the door frame and apply the trim.
After the trim is installed, you can apply the finish to the frame and door panel. When the finish has cured, install the panel using quarter round or square trim on the back side, attaching it to the frame only.
Beautiful design. I look forward to the pictures of the complete cabinet.

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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