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#1 posted 02-16-2017 04:15 PM

Another vote that it’s a bad idea. The rail would be very weak, and it’s still very likely that all the joints across the rail will eventually show through the paint. The wood will expand and contract in thickness too. While ideally the same wood will react the same, it’s no guarantee. Any two pieces of wood can be different.

I agree with those that suggest build them traditionally, live with hairline cracks, if any.

Keep in mind that the whole ideal of the panel is that it can move independently from the frame. So, you may get a crack, in the paint, all around the panel, if you paint them after assembly. If possible, paint the panels before you put them in the frame.

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