Newbie Question on Frame and Panel


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I have the sideboard guild build and have built one. Matt makes the bottom a bit complicated. For mine i just made a panel that fit inside the bottom and fastened a ledge around the perimeter to hold the bottom up.

Matt's method is frame and panel just with a raised panel that is flush with the rails and stiles.

For an outdoor build I'd to do slats with 1/4" gaps between the boards that way you can have good air movement. I'd attach the slats to a cleat on the ends.

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7 minutes ago, Chestnut said:

I have the sideboard guild build and have built one. Matt makes the bottom a bit complicated. For mine i just made a panel that fit inside the bottom and fastened a ledge around the perimeter to hold the bottom up.

Matt's method is frame and panel just with a raised panel that is flush with the rails and stiles.

For an outdoor build I'd to do slats with 1/4" gaps between the boards that way you can have good air movement. I'd attach the slats to a cleat on the ends.

Thanks. So in your case, did you fasten the panel to the ledge, or just let it float? Good idea on the slats. I am using slats for the shelves on the other side, so this should simplify things significantly.

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I honestly can't remember if I left it float secured it with screws and let the back float or used figure 8 fasteners. I probably used figure 8 fasteners because they are easy quick and cheap. I know people use angle brackets or other methods but those per unit cost more than figure 8s are imo take more effort to install.

https://www.amazon.com/Knape-Vogt-1547STL-Fastener-Gauge/dp/B0006FKSA6/ref=pd_ys_c_rfy_rp_m_58_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0006FKSA6&pd_rd_r=2W79BBYQXYCSRQ9J35C1&pd_rd_w=dvDND&pd_rd_wg=Prjkz&pf_rd_p=5d61ee21-c9c1-4f53-887e-8583c213529a&pf_rd_r=2W79BBYQXYCSRQ9J35C1&psc=1&refRID=3RJJ338VBMJGVJSNT7A5

For slats though I'd just glue and pin nail or just glue. a 3.5-4.5" slat won't have enough movement to matter. For outdoor make sure to use TB III or at least TBII. I did have a birdhouse made with TBII separate. TB III did eventually separate as well but it got 3 years of full sun and rain exposure and the wood may very well have split instead of the glue failing.

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