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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 02-16-2017 03:09 PM

Well, I wouldn’t. You didn’t indicate what kind of panels you’re using, but if they are flat panels (plywood) you could do what you want, glue the panels in, and not have a strength problem. If they are hardwood panels, I think there might be a little weakness in the rails from the grain going the wrong way. But I don’t think it will solve the problem….and I’m not completely sure it’s wood movement along the joints causing the hairline cracks. Regardless, some things just happen that you have to live with….this may be one. But I’m pretty sure having proper fitting and well glued joints is more important than trying to do some re-engineering with the wood grain direction. But that’s just my opinion.

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