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Minimize warp in long narrow door

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I'm about to build a set of bi-folding closet doors. Each panel will consist of 9" x 80". I'm concerned the panels might warp since they are narrow and long.

I think one post suggested letting the wood dry and plane it on both sides. Unfortunately I do not have access to planer or joiner. :(

Is there somethings I can do to minimize warping with limited tool set? Would using plywood better than wood strips for the frame? The doors will be painted and mounted using bi-fold door hardware.

Rectangle Parallel Font Symmetry Pattern

Thank you so much for your help!

Bi-fold door: This is due to space issue. Large door(s) will collide with the bedroom door. Pocket door is not an option and I don't want barn door or sliding door.
Painted: This is the look I want. I love beautiful wood furnitures, but do not like wood grains on the wall. Sorry, I hope it doesn't offend anyone. :)


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Seems a few here are confusing the terms 'strength' and 'stability' in reference to solid wood and manufactured(engineered if you like)wood products. They and their characteristics aren't even remotely the same thing.
Saying 2 sticks of wood glued together is more better because plywood is more better and LVL's are even WAY more gooder than plywood…is ridiculous.
In a VERY general sense, are 2 straight grained pieces of wood that are glued together to the same net dimensions as one solid piece of wood 'stronger'? No. End of story.
Is it more 'stable'..? Likely, but not a given since there are so many different factors involved. What are the dimensions…the type of lumber, the cut of the lumber, the orientation…where is the lamination?
The hodgepodge of unfair comparisons in this thread would take a week to dissect.
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