By Graham Blackburn

Before the advent of frame-and-panel construction, doors (and their owners) were at the mercy of wood movement. Solid-plank doors were unruly—likely to split, warp, and twist. Subject to expansion and contraction across their entire width, solid-plank doors gaped open when the weather was dry and swelled shut when it was wet. Frame-and-panel construction changed all that. Instead of ignoring or resisting wood movement, the frame-and-panel door was designed to accommodate it.

Frame and panel soon became one of the indispensable building blocks of work in solid wood, used not just in doors but in all sorts of case constaiction and paneling. Over the centuries, the range of its applications has been equalled only by the diversity of stylistic treatments it has received.

Given all this variety, where does a woodworker start when designing frame-and-panel doors? With the structure. It is my feeling that before you can make something look good, you have to be able to make it work well. Once you understand why and how frame and panel works, you are halfway to a successful design. In the drawings on the following pages, I've laid out the underpinnings of frame-and-panel construction along with

FINE WOODWORKING Drawings: Graham Blackburn

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