Lighter, Stronger Frame-and-Panels
Derived from Chinese casework, this frame-and-panel approach combines the best attributes of a solid plank door and a traditional frame-and-panel
Derived from Chinese casework, this frame-and-panel approach combines the best attributes of a solid plank door and a traditional frame-and-panel. A solid door will never sag, but will move and warp. Traditional frame-and-panel solves that problem, but is not as rigid. This method uses battens that tie into the panel with sliding dovetails and into the stiles with mortise-and-tenon joints. The result is a rigid construction that, while still free to expand and contract, will never rack.
The main virtue of a solid plank door is rigidity. It will never sag. Of course, solidplank doors have serious issues with wood movement and warping, and frame-and-panel construction was invented to solve those problems, cleverly combining the simplicity of a solid panel with the dimensional stability of a rail-and-stile frame. Yet frameand-panel construction has its own limitations. In a traditional frame-and-panel, the panel is dead weight—left unglued so it can move with…