Advice re glueingprefinished sheet goods
I’m hoping to get started on a wall of cabinets for my garage shop. I’m thinking of using C2 prefinished maple sheet goods. I’m planning to use pocket screws and butt joints for the carcases. What is not clear to me is glue application. Do I just put the glue on the edge and cinch it up to the finished surface of the other piece, or is there some prep I do to the finished edge to get a glue bond, or …? Type of glue?
Thanks for any information.
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Using good ol' PVA to glue to prefinished plywood won't work. One way to make it work is to cut dados into the vertical panels, into which the horizontal panels fit. This gives you a wood-to-wood joint which you can glue with PVA. It also aligns everything while you're glueing them up. A different approach is to use glue intended for melamine. It sticks to many finishes. Test it on yours. Roo glue is one brand.
Thanks for the advice! I talked to someone at RooGlue, and they said the clear glue would do the job. I was unaware of their existence, so that was a great lead. Thank you.
I planned on pocket screws to avoid a lot of table saw dado work, so I wasn't keen to have to do special prep on the edge of the finished sheet. However, another thread implies that it may be quicker to dado and clamp than to drill and pocket screw. Do you have an opinion on that? I have to make 14 boxes for the cabinets. Carcases, backs, doors and shelves will take about 25 sheets of goods, so I want a certain efficiency, in addition to strength.
Thank you again.
One thing about relying on only glue is that you need lots of pipe clamps, and you can't readily stack boxes while the glue is curing. Gluing and screwing the boxes together lets you move and stack boxes immediately. In a small shop, space management becomes a big issue in building a kitchen.
You mention pocket screws... In the boxes, you need them only for the end of a run. For all the others, you can screw straight through from the outside. That's somewhat easier than using the pocket-screw jig.
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