I was building some panel doors and cut the stiles a bit short. I then cut
th rails a bit longer to compensate. what I now have are doors with horizon
tal pieces with lengths that are the full width of the door and vertical pi
eces whose length fit between the horizontal pieces.
Are the vertical pieces still considered as stiles?
Are the horizontal pieces still called rails?
Is it their location in the door or the way they fit?
BTW the recipient of the gift has not noticed.
On 2/14/2013 4:02 PM, email@example.com wrote:
rails a bit longer to compensate. what I now have are doors with horizontal
pieces with lengths that are the full width of the door and vertical pieces
whose length fit between the horizontal pieces.
A rose by any other name ... horizontal/rails; vertical/stiles
~ For INTERIOR work, the rails traditionally go between the stiles.
The benefit - the stiles hides the end grain of the rails. (Why? For
one, end grain generally finishes darker than a face or edge, therefore
finish appearance is more consistent)
~ For EXTERIOR work, a _wise_ designer runs the stiles between the rails.
The benefit - end grain of the stiles are not exposed, therefore not
subjected to repeated rain water pooling in susceptible end grain.
(You also see the latter used, both inside and outside, with an Arts &
Now you're covered on all bases should anyone call you on it. ;)
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