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#1 posted 05-09-2017 03:24 PM

I can’t help you with the barn door, but I have built many interior doors and can share some of my learning curve.

First, the width of the door frame minus 1/4” is the standard for the width of the door. You don’t have to worry about the door expanding, unless you were to simply glue up a 1-3/8” thick slab, and that would be silly. Because the rails run horizontal, and there is no significant expansion or contraction along the grain, it won’t move. The stiles aren’t wide enough to matter.

I could go on, but I did a blog for my interior doors, and a project for an entry door between the house and garage that had special requirements for flame retardant and was 1-3/4” thick, versus the standard 1-3/8” for interior doors. Here are links, and feel free to contact me with any questions. (a 5-part blog)

-- My grandfather always said that when one door closes, another one opens. He was a wonderful man, but a lousy cabinet maker

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