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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.

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