I am in need of opinions/advice regarding the construction of fram and panel sides for a kitchen center island. All four sides will be visible and the doors are standard cope and stick frame and panel construction… As a point of note the panels are raised in the back, not the front, so the front appears “flat”. The rails and stiles are standard 3/4″ thick, but 4″ wide. Pretty vanilla so far.
The island iself is actually two cabinet depths deep, so there are two sets of cabinets back to back with doors and drawers on opposite long sides. On the short sides I would like to build frame and panels to match so there is a consistant look all the way round and since the doors are full overlay, the only way you know that it’s a door and not a fixed panel is becasue it will have a handle and a seam 🙂
Now that I’ve bored you with the setup, the question is that since the side paneles will be structural (supporting a very heavy soapstone top) and not readily visible from the inside. I’d like to know if I can get away with deviating from the standard frame and floating panel deisgn. What I am proposing to do is construct the side out of 3/4″ maple ply, then mill the 3/4″ hard maple stock that I would normally use for the rails and stile down to 1/4″. I would then just route the face edge of the cope and stick and attach that to the plywood as a frame. From the outside view it would match exactly and using the solid plywood makes the case construction a bit simpler.
Question is, is this a bad idea, does anyone have a better suggestion? If this is a good way to go, how would you attach the “frame” to the plywood — glue, brads, etc…
Sorry for being so long winded.
Thanks in advance and happy holidays to you and yours…