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A simple system for classic casework


Creating flat panels
Creating flat panels

Flat panels give furniture a clean, simple look. You can create flat panels from solid wood, but veneered plywood costs less (and its edges will be hidden by the frame). Where both sides of a panel will be visible, glue together two sheets of 1/8"-thick veneered plywood to make a panel with two good sides.

Pros: Veneered plywood panels require no special tools, bits, or joinery to create. Plywood expands less than solid wood, so gluing it into the frame adds strength. Also, it's faster because you don't need to edge-glue and flatten a solid-wood panel. Other panel options include perforated hardboard, glass, or acrylic sheets.

Cons: Because most 1/4" plywood measures about 1/16" thinner than that, as shown above, cutting frame grooves tight enough to hold the panel firmly requires trial-and-error fitting.

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