Frame and Panel Question


Hi All, So I am starting or rather continuing to work on the design for a large dresser that I will be my next project. I plan to use solid wood construction throughout and am wondering about the back of the case. I intend to use frame and panel style inserted into a rabbet in the case.
My question is there a size of panel that is too large? The overall dimensions for the case are going to 60" x 36". I was planning on dividing the back into two panels, with a somewhat large frame. This would make each panel about 24" x 30" or so. If thius too large? Or am I being overly cautious?
Thanks in advance for the wisdom
Andrew
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You're making dust frames too? If so, single panel, rabbeted on the edges and tacked to dust frames would be just fine. More places secured, more structural stiffening supplied.
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I would use at least 3 panels or maybe even 4, this would allow for the wood that you will have with that large of a span, wood will move approx. 1/4" for every 12" of width. When you use fewer panels , you might expose the end of your tenons, as the wood contracts , or if your wood is on the damp side it could push your joint apart.
Ken

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