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AlbanyTim

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1399 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: frame panel doors clamp joining

Howdy,

I’m completing my first classic frame and panel door – an exterior entry door. I purchased pipe clamps so I can span the 7’ tall distance with my clamps, but now it seems like clamping the height of the door is completely unnecessary; the stiles run the entire length and lock everything in place. In fact, there doesn’t seem to be anything for a lengthwise clamp to do; there is nowhere for the rails to go since their tenons are locked into the mortises of the stiles. Does that sound right? Should I not bother using lengthwise clamps? Or is there something I’m missing?

Thanks for any thoughts you have to share!

-- Tim, Albany Wisconsin


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uffitze

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#1 posted 1399 days ago

you are correct.

the only reason why you might need a longer clamp is if your glue up is out of square, in which case, you can use it diagonally to square things up.

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Gregn

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#2 posted 1399 days ago

Ditto with Uffitze.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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cutmantom

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#3 posted 1399 days ago

some doors have a center stile that would require clamping prior to installing the side stiles and clamping them

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