I read a piece a while ago where the guy writing said that 2" flats
(2 3/8" per rail & stile uncut) was about the correct dimension for a
balanced look. Unless your cutting curved top or bottom rails. This
is what I've been going with. An exception would be door size per
unit. A real small piece would have a narrower flat surface and an
over size panel would be wider.
Just my 2 cents. Basically, it's what looks good to you and your end
Rails and stiles are usually cut 2" plus the depth of the panel groove wide.
This usually makes them either 2-1/4 or 2-3/8" wide - depending on whose
router bits you use. The reason for making them that width is that it makes
all of the calculations for door size easier - including the panel. If you
need an inset door for a 16 x 24" opening and your cutter makes a 3/8 inch
deep groove, the panel will be 16 - 4 = 12 wide by 24 - 4 = 20 long. And
all of the sticks will be cut 2-3/8" wide. For offset doors, just add twice
the offset dimension to the panel width and length.
Yes, as a matter of fact it does. I much prefer all of my rails and stiles
to be in the ballpark of 2" wide. I will very seldom make them much wider
and I almost never go any narrower. If the size of the door requires
something different, I will usually change the door design. The only place
that I don't make the overall width about 2" is for cathedral style doors -
and even there, I'll make the narrowest portion 2" wide.
2 1/2" stiles and rails. Just an old convention around here, but there is
| Any consensus / standards on rail & stile widths for cabinet doors?
| Should they be the same, I've always made my rails wider than the stiles,
| but now I'm rethinking that.
| Fire away!
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