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Forum topic by thebenchroom posted 07-21-2013 02:55 AM 898 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-21-2013 02:55 AM

Topic tags/keywords: solid panel construction tongueandgroove maple question plane shaping modern shaker

Hello All-
Im making a large armoire in Tiger Maple. There are a ton of T&G joints all over this thing. My question pertains to gluing or not gluing the T&G joinery on the door panels. The overall width of the panels is right at 18” wide.My question is would you consider NOT gluing T&G joints and allow for movement, or Glue? The joints are cut by hand using a LN No.48 Tongue and Groove plane. This tool is sharp accurate, and a lot of fun to use. So my joints are good, so should I leave them alone?

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#1 posted 07-21-2013 08:12 AM

I’m curious to hear an answer to this question as well. What made you decide to use T&G joinery as opposed to simply edge gluing the panels? I wouldn’t imagine (disclaimer: uninformed opinion ahead) that the panels would move so much horizontally the you would have an issue with this, but then again I’ve never tried. I hope you find your answer brother.

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#2 posted 07-21-2013 09:01 AM

If you are asking whether or not to glue the boards together along their long grain to construct the panel itself, then personally I would do so unless there is a particular look you are going for. If you are asking whether or not to apply glue around the perimeter of the panel, then no, you should not do this. Let it float within the frame to allow for wood movement.

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#3 posted 07-21-2013 12:29 PM

In order to answer this question I need to know a little more about how the door is to be constructed. What holds the door together if you don’t glue the T&G?

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#4 posted 07-21-2013 12:44 PM

Glue em.

+1 for Pmayer

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