Reply To: Raising questions on raised panels

Jan Khmelnytsky

I’ve done many raised panels of a range of sizes and haven’t found that too many assembly/disassembly steps are generally required. It ultimately comes down to the accuracy of your measurements and precision of your planning, but keep in mind that along each edge, you only need it to contact the sides of the groove in two places for it to be held in place (obviously, though, you should aim for full contact). Colin’s suggesting of wedging with a wood shaving on the back of the door is a good one, and can be done in a way that won’t be noticeable.
As an alternative to glue, I’ve found that shellac can also work to hold panels in place and offset small amounts of movement.