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#1 posted 11-28-2017 12:17 AM

Rabbet the panel to a tongue on the inside face. The tongue can be 1/4-3/8” thick. Glue the plywood in the track for the best strength.

- pintodeluxe

I agree, with plywood panels you should glue them in place. That keeps the furniture from racking and it will last forever. Rebate or rabbet or whatever you want on the back side of the panel. Just keep the inside surface of the panel flush or within the frame to avoid interference with the rest of the carcase (drawers, for example).

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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