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Forum topic by Bohaiboy posted 11-08-2017 06:21 PM 493 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-08-2017 06:21 PM

My current project will have 1/2” floating panels and will be dado’d in to a 1/2” w x 1/4” dado’d frame. The panels are approx 15” wide and 20” tall and consist of 3 boards of mesquite jointed together. I know movement is an issue laterally and that glue should be used sparingly, maybe a dab in the middle of each panel. My question is how tight should thee panels be to the dado? Currently I have them zeroed in where it takes a little force (hand) to seat them. Is this too tight?

-- Tim, Houston, TX area

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#1 posted 11-08-2017 06:55 PM

I like floating panels to install fairly easily. As you test fit the panel in each individual rail or stile, they should readily slip in, but without any gaps. When the final project is assembled, you will want to center the panels in the frames. This can be very difficult to do if the fit is too snug.

You are correct, a dab of glue centered at the top and bottom of the panel is all you need. If you are concerned about the panels rattling, use some self adhesive weatherstripping here and there in the groove. This will center the panel as well.

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