question about a corner cabinet

I am making a corner cabinet out of solid maple. I am trying to decide how to make the back. The back is about 12-14 inches wide. I am a little concerned about expansion and contraction of the back if I make it all one piece. Any suggestions?
Rudy
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On Mon, 11 Aug 2003 02:10:14 GMT, Rudy Fichtenbaum

use plywood. no more problem
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On Mon, 11 Aug 2003 02:10:14 GMT, Rudy Fichtenbaum

Plywood is commonly used for the backs of cabinets. I used ply for a couple large bookcases and it worked fine. Rabet the sides 1/16" deeper than the ply thickness--of cours in this case there will be some strange angles and bevels.
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How about getting out the tongue and groove planes (you do have a set of old beechwood T&G planes, or perhaps a nice Stanley 45?) and making random width T&G panels about 3 - 5 inches wide? That was common before plywood came around, I recall. You could probably use pine or poplar and paint.
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I am in the middle of making a repro corner cabinet, however it is a two piece unit .
The lower cabinet has ply wood backs . The upper cabinet has double glazed doors so the back is visable .so the back will be done in thin solid walnut boards tongue and grooved. I will probably do a small quarter round at the point where the boards meet so that expansion and contraction is not noticable......mjh
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