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887 days ago
How tightly should a raised panel fit into the slots of the stiles and rails? What I have now requires firm pressure and maybe a bump or two of the palm to seat the panel into the slot of the frame, and it takes a firm grip to pull them apart. My caliper tells me that the thickness of my panels is a nearly 0.01” thicker than the slot opening. Too tight?
I am making an interior passage door – a 48” wide pocket door similar to a 6 panel frame-and-panel door but I designed it with 9 panels that are 9 3/4” wide. The door is 1 3/4” thick. Each opening in the frame will be filled with 2 panels, 13/16” thick, back-to-back. It would have been much simpler to get wide 8/4 stock and mill up solid 2-sided panels. Instead I resawed narrower 8/4 stock and made bookmatched panels that are single-sided. Many of my panel blanks were too thin to finish out at 7/8” thickness, so I ended up at 13/16” thickness.
In order to keep the surface of the panels flush with the surface of the frame the “slot” for the panels in the stiles and rails is a pair of 3/16” slots separated by 1/8”. I plan on using space balls in these slots.
Below are two of the finished panels (Waterlox – 2 coat of the standard stuff and 1 coat of gloss)
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