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A simple system for classic casework


Produce the perfect panel
Produce the perfect panel

Panels do more than just fill the space between stiles and rails. Structurally, they help keep the frame from racking. They also contribute to a project's style, whether with a raised profile or with their grain pattern.

For best appearance, panels should be taller than they are wide for a vertical look. You can do that even on horizontal projects using center stiles between the panels, as shown on the chest. Here are three common panel types.

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