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Frame-and-Panel Door Construction

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Rip the rails and stiles to width

Rip the rails and stiles to width

Step 1: Calculate your door dimensions using the plan, slide 2. From 3/4" stock, rip all rail-and-stile stock to width C (2" wide in the photo). Cut extra stock just in case you make a mistake. See slide 3.

Success secrets: For uniform color and grain match between the frame parts, cut them from the same board. The technique we'll use later to cut grooves and tenons requires stock exactly 3/4" thick, so thickness plane all frame stock at one time. Then take advantage of these doors' easy assembly, and complete the remaining steps before the wood has time to move.

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