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I'm making some kitchen cabinets for a colleague and being asked to use Azek for anything near the ground for a post-Sandy shore house. That would mean 8 base cabinets, their sides and bottoms. Planning to use back rails instead of full backs. How would you join sides to bottom and top rails? I usually use biscuits, glue, and screws. Azek sells their own glue, sounds like a standard polyurethane like Gorilla. Is the 3/4-inch thick Azek really stiff enough for cabinet sides, including 7-ft-high pantry sides?
azek glue is not polyurethane glue, it is a pvc glue like for pvc pipe.
The AZEK will bow at 7ft lenght and I recommend using a fixed shelf somewhere. PVC glue works great. Consider gluing a 1" strip under longer shelves so they don't sag. AZEK is not structural.
The AZEK solvent cement is water based. Its not PVC cement like you use for plumbing. It bonds much faster than using hardware store PVC cement.
Either the hardware brand or the AZEK brand is NOT a glue. Its no different than putting pipe together. Its a solvent weld. It liquefies the edge of the piece, when they are clamped the two materials flow together and become one. No adhesive bond.
We've used both types of cement but as skeptical as I was, the AZEK is better in our opinion. Just glue up a sample with each.
I would be very cautious of using it for cab's. The post stating bowing at 7' may be the spec but its extremely optimistic. I have a lot of AZEK on the shelf at the moment and small pieces are like a wet noodle. I wouldnt be using it for anything where it didnt have support at extremely short intervals but thats just my personal feel from using it for years.
Azek is like a noodle. It will bow at 7", forget about 7'. There are better options out there... I also wonder if it is even safe to use that stuff indoors. What kind of gasses would be put off if it caught fire?
Tell your colleague to hire a professional cabinetmaker.
I am an importer of pvc foam board. IF you want a stronger piece you need to use a denser board. We bring in a board that is .64 grams/cm3. Most domestic material is .50 -.55.
Thank you Anon, nameless, though surely supreme and all-knowing highly professional cabinetmaker, for your helpful suggestion. Does snarkiness elevate your self esteem? Better to just bury your head when having a bad day.