Hello. Please see the photo.
This old cabinet's showing her age. She's clamped down as much and she's going to be clamped down.
These are old cracks that were there before I removed the front panel. You can see a little bit of the old water damage or beer that eventually ruined the front piece and probably caused these cracks.
I just had a new front panel made, and I have to glue it in still.
Normally, if I were repairing a piece of furniture, I'd glue the joints and rubber mallet tap the new piece in, then clamp everybody down to dry. But because these old cracks aren't going to close completely, I'm thinking I should fill them *before* sliding the new front panel in.
So would you fill them with wood filler, or wood glue, or something else?
And would you agree to deal with the cracks first, or get the front panel in and then deal with the cracks?
Please let me know. Thanks.