fitting raised panels in a cabinet frame

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Forum topic by marc_rosen posted 11-30-2018 02:25 AM 548 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-30-2018 02:25 AM

Hello Group,
I’d appreciate some comments on this method of fitting raised panels in a rail and stile frame.
I want to affix some bookmatched panels in a rail and stile frame by securing the panel midline at its bottom edge with a screw through the back of the frame rail. The panels are separated by a middle stile. This should allow the panel to move with humidity changes yet keeping it stationary within the frame. Also I think it would keep the front edge of the panel pushed against the frame rail. This is similar to affixing a breadboard to the end of a table, i.e, gluing the center mortise while allowing the edges to move.

I was thinking about this approach since I made the grooves too wide for space balls, as well as the thickness of the panel edges. Your thoughts are welcome, especially if you see any problems that may occur from this. Oh, I’m not using Alder; will that be a problem? Marc

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#1 posted 11-30-2018 03:21 AM

Personally I would not use the screws mostly for aesthetic reasons, but I see no reason it would not work as you have described with a single screw top center and another bottom center. Space balls would be my first choice, but if the grooves are too big for space balls, I’ve heard of folks using pieces of foam weatherstripping.

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#2 posted 11-30-2018 08:07 AM

I just ordered yesterday 200 Panel Barrels from Lee Valley. They have them available in 3/16” & 1/4”. Package of 100 for $4.90. As tungOil says I would not use screws. You could use rubber automotive windshield washer tubing, or foam weather stripping.

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#3 posted 11-30-2018 10:05 AM

If the weatherstripping or tubing would not work, have you thought about a small dowel top and bottom instead of screws, either through or non-through? It could/would make it look like you intended to do that all along

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#4 posted 12-01-2018 12:22 AM

Hey Guys,
Thanks very much for your suggestions. I thought about backer rod for my log home (weather stripping) but I really like the suggestion for the dowel- thanks for that Surrywood.
I’ll post pictures once the cabinet is complete.
Thanks once more, Marc

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