Shaker Cabinets. How to Attach Panels?
We are building shaker cabinets, but we made the insets different for ease and looks, and now we're paying for it. Basically, instead of using ply insets and doing tongue and groove to insert them, we got 1 by X boards. So they range from 1x3 to 1x10 boards. It looks nicer, but what we did was router out the back of the stiles and rails, and the panels will stick out whatever the excess is of that router cut. So they basically just lay on the stiles and rails (which we rabbeted instead of tongue and grooved) Not a problem. Don't mind it. BUT, we're left wondering how to attach them, because they are not at all friction fit anymore. They fall out the back without being attached. Unfortunately, the loosest one is probably a 32nd on each side between the panel edge and the router cut, so that adds an extra layer of "bad" to this.
We did think of this ahead of time, but we're ignorant and not skilled. My dad (who's helping us) says we can't use glue, because that would put pressure on the rails and stiles. He's said three different things at this point about what we can do. He said silicone glue, hot glue, or brad nails. He's not sure and we're not sure, it seems. We were thinking about using foaming gorilla glue, but he doesn't seem to think that would have enough give and it's "messy".
So, now that we've got ourselves into this pickle, does anyone have any suggestions for how we can attach the panels?
Last edited by ForgottenGold; 08-16-2016 at 01:01 PM.