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#1 posted 06-23-2014 02:22 AM

You could free float by cutting a kerf on the frame and slot on your panel, you need to leave an expansion gap around the frame of around 0.125in so make it shallow and use it as a design feature, no way around this one. Adding splines to the frame would still open gaps at the corners. Building this design with flush joints all around with solid wood will leave gaps no matter what. if you sell it and ship it through changing humidity conditions it will happen, try shipping it to Florida or NC, this design works with veneered panels. Bruce Hoadley’s Understanding Wood is an excellent resource for understanding this situation, good luck.

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