|Forum topic by richgreer||posted 10-15-2011 03:10 PM||681 views||0 times favorited||0 replies|
10-15-2011 03:10 PM
I needed a closet door that measures 73×24. I wanted to keep it simple, heavy and solid.
The frame is 6/4 oak with stiles on each side and 3 rails (top, center and bottom). The stiles are 1.75” wide and the rails are 3.5” wide. The panels are 3/4” oak plywood.
I put the the door handle where the center rail is.
Now – what I learned -
Installing the handle destroyed almost the entire tenon from the center rail. That has to weaken the joint. I don’t think anything is going to fall apart and there is no practical way to do this differently now.
Prior to construction, I never thought of this problem.
The right approach (I know it now) is wider stiles.
As I say – live and learn – maybe someone else will also learn from my mistake.
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.