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tommytenspeed

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1024 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question oak joining traditional

I want to replace the interior doors in my home and would like to make some 24 and 30 inch 6 panel doors. I have my first door’s stiles and rails cut and dry fitted together. However, upon assessing the design I noticed that I will have a serious cross grain situation on the rails (the top 2 are only 4 inches wide but the middle is 6 3/4” and the bottom is 8 3/4”). I noticed that on the commercially made doors I have elsewhere in my home that they have used engineered wood to alleviate this problem and since I have neither the time nor the inclination to make engineered rails I am concerned that my rails will split when glued. I am wondering if I seal the wood well with varnish if it will help prevent the wood movement. I live in St. Louis and leave my windows open as much as possible so between the humidity in the summer (which we are famous for) and the forced air electric heat in the winter that dries everything to the bone we are stricken with quite the extremes in weather/temperature/humidity. Your comments would be greatly appreciated as this project is now on hold until I find a remedy.


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tenontim

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#1 posted 1015 days ago

When I make doors of this type, I only use glue on about half of the tenon and only pin the outer side with a dowel (on top and bottom rails). The middle rails I use one dowel in the middle of the joint and no glue. Be sure to use plywood for the panels, or they WILL give you problems.

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