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envieddesigns
How to apply wood side panel to side of kitchen cabinet
envieddesigns

Hi,

I have two upper kitchen cabinets that have unfinished sides so I bought the side panels to add but how do I go about attaching them. Just wood glue? I want to make sure they hold up well. I'm going to paint the cabinets white afterwards.

ed21
Re: How to apply wood side panel to side of kitchen cabinet
ed21

What is the side panel? Plastic laminate, wood veneer or something else?
Contact cement usually used with plastic laminate. Coat both surfaces and when dry join the surfaces. For a permanent, instant bond. Wood glue may work if everything is wood, but it takes a while to dry and needs to be clamped or weighted down while it dries.

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

Contact cement, as mentioned, will likely work the best. If the side panel is thick enough, you could screw it in place from inside the cabinet, through predrilled holes.

dj1
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dj1

If you use contact cement, as mentioned, make sure you do it correctly.

Like ed mentioned, you apply the cement on both sides, wait for it to dry and them put the two together. Always follow the instructions on the jar.

envieddesigns
Re: How to apply wood side panel to side of kitchen cabinet
envieddesigns

it is a 1/8" thick oak panel. and the side of the cabinet is only 1" thickness. So I think gluing/cementing is best option? Would contact cement seep through? I'm going to paint the cabinet white afterwards.

A. Spruce
Re: How to apply wood side panel to side of kitchen cabinet
A. Spruce

Contact cement is definitely the way to go, and no, it will not bleed through.

Make sure you test fit your panel first before you start applying the glue. As was said, read and follow the direction on the label for use and cleanup.

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry

Contact cement will do well. If this is a pre-cut fitted panel you need to set it perfectly and you get only one chance because once contact is made you can't adjust it. Here's the trick I use:

Take the doors off and clamp 2 straightedges across the front; one high and one low. On wall cabinets do the same underneath with another straightedge. When the cement is ready, align it onto the straightedges then slide it across them into place. A perfect alignment every time. Not really needed but since these are going paint I'd also shoot a few 3/4" brads through the outside before removing the straightedges as a guarantee it never slipped.

Phil

shaithus
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shaithus

Why not use wood glue and use a air pin nailer... you wont be able to see the pin holes and if you do, use wood putty, your going to paint anyways... it should work even with other materials... and you can do it without the pins being seen on the inside of the cabinets..

A. Spruce
Re: How to apply wood side panel to side of kitchen cabinet
A. Spruce
shaithus wrote:

Why not use wood glue and use a air pin nailer... you wont be able to see the pin holes and if you do, use wood putty, your going to paint anyways... it should work even with other materials... and you can do it without the pins being seen on the inside of the cabinets..

Because, how many people have a pin nailer, there aren't many pros out there with them either. Everybody has access to contact cement and it's a super simple way to do what needs to be done, without marring the finish.

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