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Cabinet Doors, Rails Long, vs. Stiles Long

9 years ago

I have a question for the cabinet builders. Is a cabinet door stronger if the stiles are the full height of the cabinet door, or if the rails are the full width of the door? It matters more to me than it might otherwise because I'm using a very heavy wood (kumaru) and I'm making doors with two vertical panels in each door rather than the single panel per door which is typical.
It makes sense to me that the rails should be the full width of the door so they will provide a full-width rigidity in the direction of the hinges and travel if the door is slammed.

The first photo here is a mock-up showing full-width rails.

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