Originally Posted by jdux999
Hello All. I have a Redhawk 26XD - so far very happy with it. I'm starting to see some of the shortcuts that Jayco takes. The center panels of the cabinet doors are just glued in place rather than being inserted into slots of the door frame. The first time I pushed on the center panel to close the door it started to come away from the frame. I'm not really good at woodworking projects but I'd like to find a way to hold the doors together rather than just using glue. The tools I have are very basic so it has to be a fairly simple solution. Thanks for the help.
jdux...I have built and installed cabinets and millwork professionally for many years. I owned a shop that had over 100 employees and we shipped custom pieces all over. Maybe I can help.
First, you don't want to use nails or screws on your cabinet doors except to hold the hinges. When a door is made in a door press glue is what is used. There may be a few small pins or brads shot in the back where the joints go together but they only are there to hold the door frame together until the glue dries.
Most door panels fit into a groove like you described. We call this a cope-and-stick joinery. If your panels are inserted from the back then the panels are removable for possible glass inserts at a future time if wanted. We built some like this also to give a panel option to the customer.
I would remove the door from the cabinet and lay it face down on a padded flat surface. Clean the old glue out best you can from both the panel and the door frame. Using clear silicone adhesive I would put a few dots in the corners before inserting panel then insert the panel and put a small bead around the entire joint in the back where the panel and frame come together.
Remember, a little goes a long way when it come to glue! Leave the door laying flat for 24 hours and then carefully clean any excess silicone off the front corners that might have squeezed out, Be careful not to scratch the finish.
That's it...door should last many years after this. Remember, sometimes in the construction process things can happen. The glue may not have been applied correctly, the wood mating surface could have been excessively dusty, the process could have been rushed, the door panel could have been knocked loose during installation in motorhome.
If you don't feel comfortable doing this yourself I am sure there is a local cabinet shop in your area that could do this for you at minimum charge.
I haven't heard of this being a common problem...not many cabinet issues I have read on here so I doubt this will be a constant issue.
Hope that helps! Let us know how it works out.