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#1 posted 12-21-2017 02:47 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.

- Kazooman

I’ve used space balls in the past. They work great. May the Schwartz be with you!

Kazooman makes a good point about the finish gluing your panels in place. But since you have to account for seasonal movement, you should finish the panel before putting it in the frame. Otherwise you will get stripes around the edges (primarily the sides) as the wood shrinks and exposes the unfinished wood that was once in the frame.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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