There are a lot of benefits to using melamine for cabinet cases. One downside with building melamine cabinets is that you end up with an unfinished melamine face on the end of the cabinet. The solution is gluing a finished face to the melamine face but, since glue doesn’t stick to melamine, there are tricks to making this work.


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  • Brad

    Hi George. Would this be an appropriate application for Titebond Melamine Glue, as an alternative to straight yellow glue? If so, would you still want to scuff that surface first?

    • George Vondriska

      I haven’t used Titebond’s melamine glue. I’m going to check with them on the scuffing question and get back to you.

  • Andy

    George, do you buy “home improvement store” melamine, or do you prefer the better quality product available from suppliers like Youngblood (here in Minneapolis)? I’ve had bad luck with the cheaper stuff – doesn’t seem to hold screws as well. But the other stuff is pricier, especially considering I pay a delivery charge for it.

    • George Vondriska

      My last set of cabinets was built completely with Home Depot melamine. I didn’t have any problems with it. I only go to the specialized suppliers when I need a particular color or grain pattern.

  • Tom Steiner

    George, Why not use contact cement?

    • Customer Service

      Hi, Tom! In George’s experience, he finds that contact adhesive doesn’t work well when adhering a skin like 1/4″ plywood.

  • Gary

    George, I have followed the lead of a local cabinet shop and have used construction adhesive (liquid nails). I have not had a problem with this to date. Your thoughts on this method?

    • Customer Service

      Hi Gary,

      We haven’t tried construction adhesive for this application, so unfortunately, we are unable to provide any input on its effectiveness for this.