Return to the Woodworking Forum | Post a Follow-Up

recessed plywood panel, cabinet construction

Posted by davetz1 (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 17, 09 at 9:13

I'm building a kitchen banquette which has two recessed panels on the back rest (shaker styling, like this one: ), each panel is about 24" X 33" I have the option of using 1/2" or 3/4" plywood and am leaning towards 3/4" since I think it has more structural stability for this fairly large panel.
I am wondering, with either of these materials, if I can screw them into the frame from the back or is it absolutely necessary to have them floating for expansion? That is, it there really lots of expansion with a 3/4" plywood piece or can it be fastened in place? Otherwise I can fasten it with strips from the back without actually screwing into it. I know this isn't the most professional way to do it, but it's what I can do with my current equipment.
Any feedback/advice much appreciated.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: recessed plywood panel, cabinet construction

With plywood, you can simply screw them in place. Only with solid wood is it critical to leave panels floating.

1/2" ply, BTW, is almost certainly plenty.

RE: recessed plywood panel, cabinet construction

Thanks Jon--you think the 1/2" will be stiff enough for resting backs against?
Thanks for the input--love the forum!

RE: recessed plywood panel, cabinet construction

Assuming that the material will be supported all the way around by a rigid frame of some sort, yes -- I do think 1/2" ply will be plenty. Another thing to consider, though, is how far recessed you want the panel to be. In the pic it looks like the panel is only about 1/4" back from the face of the frame. If you screw your plywood to the back of 3/4" frame stock, there will be a 3/4" step which may be uncomfortable. If you cut a rabbet in the frame to accept the panel, there won't be much wood in front of the panel to screw into.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Woodworking Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here