I do not know what i was thinking. I made a panel frame from 4.5” hard maple boards and cut lap joints. Now when it came to glueing them it struck me that there is no room for expansion. Now how can i fix it?
1. I can apply glue only at some area of the joint leaving about 2” strips at the end free of glue. A paper mask will help to prevent glue leaking in that area.
2. I can cut a through slot on each half and use dowels in each quarter instead of glue to relieve pressure somehow. Something similar to double tenon.
3. Thash the wood and make new one. Too costly though.
The lap joins are not visible but the rest of the frame immediately next to the joint is.
This is decorative + bearing frame. Must be strong.
Any other ideas ?