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#1 posted 03-27-2012 08:37 PM

Seems like to me that Solid panels with breadboards ends would tend to split when the wood shrinks, unless the panel is made of loose T & G slats with only the outside slats glued to the rails.

The slab doors in my project were Veneered MDF with solid Breadboard ends. The solid rails had a tenon running the entire length that slotted into the mdf panel. This joint was glued solid as the shrinkage in this direction is negligable for both the rail and the panel.
If you were to use a ply, or mdf panel, such a door would definately be strong enough and twisting and racking would also be negated.

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