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Forum topic by dbol posted 09-21-2010 02:35 AM 914 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-21-2010 02:35 AM

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I am making a door for my brother to cover his breaker box panel. He is not paying me so I am trying to figure out how to make a door without buying anything. I had 3/4 inch hardwood flooring and I milled it down to about 9/16th’s. I was planning on gluing these together to make a panel then rabbeting out the back and pin nailing to a mitered corner frame.
I don’t think it is going to work though. To much expansion and contraction. Especially since it is in basement. Should go for it or buy a sheet of oak ply and use that instead. Or leave a gap around the panel and frame. I have some other router bits but none that will work. I defintley need a rail and stile set up but won’t get until christmas or birthday.!

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#1 posted 09-21-2010 05:13 AM

if you decide to go with your flooring panel, definitely leave at least a heavy 1/16” gap around all the edges and you can try securing the panel to the frame with silicone. Just let it sit for a couple weeks before you put much pressure on the panel or it will pop out. You’re right, plywood would be much more stable though.


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#2 posted 09-21-2010 04:55 PM

I would use some type joint on the mitered frame. If you have a doweling jig, that is a good way to go. If not you might do a spline on your table saw, like many do a picture frame. Then do what knucklenut advised.
The panel does need to float in the frame. Don’t glue it in. If you leave about 1/8” gap in the bottom of the groove, you can use Space Balls—-available from Rockler pretty cheap. They allow for expansion and contraction.


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