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Forum topic by Stanley Coker posted 04-26-2010 09:21 PM 1218 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Stanley Coker

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04-26-2010 09:21 PM

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Hey fellow jocks, I’ve a question. I am building a linen cabinet for a lady my wife works with and the doors are going to be out of maple. There are going to be three raised panel doors on this cabinet that will be 28.5” tall and 29” wide. That seems to be a very wide door when I got the boards ready to glue up. The question that I have is that going to be too wide of a door or too much weight, will the door “rack” out of square after I get them glued up?
This is only the second time that I have made raised panel doors and any help will be greatly appreciated.


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#1 posted 04-26-2010 09:28 PM

i would make them in pairs .

14 1/2” is a good width and weight .
leave some clearance between them too .

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#2 posted 04-26-2010 10:15 PM

I agree with David. In my door shop we will not make a door that wide. With wood movement you are just asking for trouble. The few times I’ve done it (like 2 or 3 times in forty years), not only will I not guarantee the door, I basically guarantee they will have problems.


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#3 posted 04-26-2010 10:33 PM

If I built them that size I would use 5” rails, 4” stiles and mortise and tenon joinery.

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#4 posted 04-26-2010 11:11 PM

Besides the weight, a pair of doors will be much more convenient to operate—and easier on the hinges.
patron is right on.

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#5 posted 04-27-2010 12:34 AM

Definately 2 doors.

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#6 posted 04-27-2010 01:05 AM

I would also make 2 doors insted of one. With the panel that wide you woll have quite a bit of expansion when the humiditey goes up. I have seen factory made rp doors split the style away from the rail when there is no more room for the panel to expand.

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