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Old 09-30-2015, 01:21 PM   #1
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Expansion space for raised panels?


I am planning on finishing out a wall in my basement with raised-panel wainscot, made of poplar. The panels are approximately 21x23. In an indoor environment with panels less than 2', do I have to worry much about expansion space between the stiles?

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Depends on the humidity swings in your basement, but I'd definitely factor movement in. Consider that most solid-wood raised cabinet door panels are not 2' wide, but they still require some movement. I would just pick up some spaceballs, cut your grooves slightly deep to accommodate them, and install them around the edges. $6 per 100, if nothing else, it's cheap reassurance.

http://www.amazon.com/Space-Balls-Ba.../dp/B0006LA198

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Even before you posted, I had ordered that exact item from Amazon. Thanks!
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Good call! Peace of mind, and as long as your grooves are the same depth on sides/top/bottom, they have the added benefit of self-centering the panel. Don't forget to finish the panels ahead of time, before you put them in the frames.
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