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#1 posted 11-26-2018 01:04 PM

As far as the gaps from the rabbets go, put them on the inside of the cabinet so they won’t be seen. Cut the rabbets deeper than you need, let the gap be there, and hide it inside. That way you don’t have to worry about being so precise in cutting them so that they are no gaps, but don’t hold the joints in the frame from closing up.

I also agree with comments above that 3/4” panels are overkill. 3/8” would be plenty. As suggested, cut a 3/8” grove in the frame and drop in the panels. Then you don’t have any rabbets or gaps to worry about. The 3/4 panels will add weight, but not much strength. If the panels were really large, or you expected someone to be leaning against them or kicking them, maybe the thickness would be needed, but for this I wouldn’t bother.

Another good option is veneered panels. Use MDF or plywood base and veneer with something expensive.

-- John

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