Reply To: Oak panels and gluing techniques. Welcome! › Forums › General Woodworking Discussions › Woodworking Methods and Techniques › Oak panels and gluing techniques. › Reply To: Oak panels and gluing techniques. 3 February 2022 at 4:02 am #747241 Aaron ForeParticipant I would put a finish on the panels before assembly. Glue is less likely to stick, and if they shrink there won’t be any bare wood showing.