|Forum topic by MadGerman||posted 486 days ago||2221 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
486 days ago
I’m making progress on my girlfriend’s blanket chest. I’m getting ready to glue up the sections today. However, I noticed that most of the raised panels are a little loose in the rails and stiles. I guess I sanded them a little too much. I was paranoid about them being too tight.
Anyhow, I understand that Spaceballs can be used to help center as well as keep steady raised panels. I’ve also read that they can be a little difficult to work with in that they require more force than is preferred to compress, thus putting undo pressure on the panels/framework. Another possible issue with them was that one guy noticed that they left a residue on the wood that eventually seeped through to the surface. When he contacted Spaceballs about it, I believe they just told him he compressed them too much.
As an alternative to them, a buddy at work mentioned that he uses the closed cell foam that comes in 1/4” diameter (as well as other sizes) rolls at Lowe’s. It’s the stuff you find in the window insulation aisle. It’s soft enough, but not too soft as to not do anything.
So, my question is this. What can you folks recommend to me to use to help steady/take up some space so my raised panels don’t rattle?
Thanks so much, in advance, for any help or suggestions you can offer. I appreciate any and all comments.