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Cabinet best practices [message #91718] Fri, 17 April 2020 13:10 Go to next message
deepdeepbass is currently offline  deepdeepbass
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I would like to start by saying that I'm very much a noob here. I have searched the forum and looked through the FAQ and haven't found a best answer to my question.

What are the pros and cons of various methods for assembling the cabinet?

1. Glue only.
2. Glue and dowels.
3. Glue and screws.

Furthermore, it seems like yellow carpenters glue is best, but I've also seen references to using plain ol' Elmers white.

Finally, if screws are ok, what type do you recommend?

I plan on using Baltic birch. Oh and I'm building the 2 pi Towers!

Thank you for your patience with my beginner questions!!
Re: Cabinet best practices [message #91719 is a reply to message #91718] Fri, 17 April 2020 14:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Wayne Parham is currently offline  Wayne Parham
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Yellow glue is stronger than white glue, but white glue is fine.

Screws are good for providing clamping pressure where clamps aren't available. So if you don't have clamps or you just can't get clamps where you need 'em, then screws will do. But the glue is what is doing the job, not the screws. They just provide clamping pressure and then they're no longer useful. They're just there.
Re: Cabinet best practices [message #91720 is a reply to message #91719] Fri, 17 April 2020 15:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
deepdeepbass is currently offline  deepdeepbass
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Thank you Wayne!

I suppose that also means that dowels aren't necessary.
Re: Cabinet best practices [message #91721 is a reply to message #91720] Fri, 17 April 2020 16:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Wayne Parham is currently offline  Wayne Parham
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That's right.
Re: Cabinet best practices [message #91725 is a reply to message #91721] Sat, 18 April 2020 17:15 Go to previous message
OutOfSpace is currently offline  OutOfSpace
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Unless you are using the dowels for alignment, which can be handy in some cases. I finally figured out how to make mitered corner boxes using biscuits and a silly jig on the table saw to get the miters cut correctly. Plus a clamping jig that gets the pressure square to the joints. Used a few times now with good success.
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