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#1 posted 12-21-2017 02:08 PM

They actually sell a product for just this purpose.. Check out “space balls”.

Actually, the center panel will expand and contract across the grain, not lengthwise. You can apply glue to a small section at the center of each of the short ends to hold the panel in place. It will be free to expand and contract. Don’t forget that the finish you apply can essentially glue the panel in place.

The panel was made from a piece of a neighbor’s tree. Was it properly dried before you used it? If the moisture content is still high it will shrink as it dries.

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