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Attaching tongue and groove to rabbeted frame

by Dearthquake
posted 11-18-2016 05:23 PM

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#1 posted 11-19-2016 04:35 AM

If this is dry-fit only, can’t you get the stiles and rails apart and then remove the panel parts? I guess I don’t understand the issue.

Door panels are not the same as T&G flooring, especially exterior doors, subject to serious seasonal humidity changes. They should not be installed too tight. They need room to expand/contract. You can put a single nail in each board—-too keep it in place—- but you should leave some room for movement.

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#2 posted 11-19-2016 04:26 PM

The frame itself has gone through final assembly, as I doweled the rails and stiles for strength. The issue lies with fastening the t&g panel to the door frame. Expansion and contraction is accounted for, I just had to compress sections of the panel to deal with warped boards. Also, in order to further control expansion and contraction the doors will be finished with wood conditioner and spar varnish.

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