The Frame and Panel
Ancient system still offers infinite possibilities
Synopsis: Few systems in the range of woodworking have more variation and broader application than the frame and panel. It’s a basic unit of structure, and it can be varied almost without limit. In this article, Ian J. Kirby explains its movement and tells you how to overcome the panel’s tendency to distort. He examines differences between raising and fielding, inlaying and carving panels, options for designing the frame and for the panel, how to cut the bevel, and how to minimize errors.
From Fine Woodworking #23
Scarcely another system in the whole range of woodworking has more variation and broader application than the frame and panel. In the frame-and-panel system, pieces of solid wood are joined together into a structure whose overall dimensions do not change. The frame is usually rectangular, mortised and tenoned together, with a groove cut into its inside edge. The panel fits into this…