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#1 posted 07-21-2017 01:50 PM

Correct that the center panel won’t move noticeably since it’s plywood, but I believe the OP is concerned about the space between the stiles and the cabinet opening on an inset door, not the center panel. With an inset door that is a legit concern. Using the calculator I linked to above and assuming 10% MC summer, 5% MC winter, 4.5” of yellow poplar will shrink about 3/32”.

If I were making inset doors and fitting them today (~95 deg. and 90% RH here in Philly area) for paint, I’d fit them very tight, closer to heavy 1/32” clearance on the stiles.

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