Tip for Gluing-up a Solid Wood Frame & Panel

Stub tenon and groove joinery and frame and panel construction are pretty common — we use them all the time. But when the panels are made from solid wood, it adds a whole new twist.

Tongue and Dado Joint

The biggest thing to remember is that the solid wood panels will expand and contract across their width with changes in humidity. To prevent the frames from breaking apart when this happens, I cut the panels a bit narrower (18") than the opening. This gives them a little room to move.

This also means the panels can’t be glued into the grooves. Instead, they

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