Adhesive for Applying Finished Skins to Cabinet Ends
From contributor X:
Since 1969 I have been using 1/8 inch skins applied to various types of material thus making a finish end. I applied white/yellow glue and placed the materials in my 5 foot x 9 foot press to dry. After it was dry I would route the panels for a clean edge, then assemble. Was quite a savings during those days.
From the original questioner:
We are doing face frame, so maybe contact cement? We want a nice looking veneer end. Are there skins that come in 1/8" thick that would come in cherry veneer?
From contributor H:
You can order most veneers from your local supplier. You can also use wood-on-wood, which is thinner than 1/8 and safe to use contact cement on.
From contributor J:
I also build framed cabinets and use 1/4" plywood all the time for my finished ends unless the order calls for raised panels. I dado my case sides into the frames (sides only, not tops or bottoms). I cut the dado 1/4" wider on the finished ends so the ply can slide into the dado. Makes a nice clean joint. If I attach the panels in the shop, I like to use spray contact cement (StarStuk). No brads or staples required and it's there forever. When I apply the panels on site, I use Liquid Nails and a few brads. This is my second choice used only when I can't figure out how to spray contact cement on site without making a mess.
Contributor H mentioned wood-on-wood. This product would also be a good choice, although more expensive and a little harder to work with than 1/4" ply. I use it for refacing and have never had any issues with the glue bleeding through. I like working with it when I get the chance.
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