Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Eastern Kentucky
The panel will be 57 3/4 inches wide by 18 tall, plus the 1/4 inch tongues that fit into full length slots on the rails. The panel will be made up of 11 individual 1x6 boards routed to fit together using tongue in groove joints, and glued. All the wood is plain sawn or flat sawn, none quartered or rift sawn. It is just common stock 1x6 wood off the shelf at Lowe's. I live in eastern KY, and the humidity does vary here some. Right now it's very humid with all the rain we've had. I've had the wood here at home for 2 weeks acclimating to my shop environment but beyond that I don't know what to do. I already cut all the parts for the main panel, and did the grooves in the rails to hold it, but have not yet done the mortises in the posts or the tenons on the rails.
An idea just occurred to me. Don't know why I didn't think of it before. Since it will be painted, I could have just used a large piece of birch plywood for the panel. I am going to V groove the edges of each board where they meet to accent that they are separate boards. The same look can be achieved with V grooves spaced evenly across the plywood. If this exposed the layer lines, paint would hide it again.
My wife saw how it was coming along and loves the look of it now, and has suggested we stain it instead of painting it. Now I may be locked into using the 1x6 boards after all.
I'll try to draw and post a sketch tomorrow. The one above that Steve posted is basically what I'm doing but doesn't show the panel. It will be in between the two rails. Rails are just pine 2x6s on edge, posts are Doug Fir 4x4s.
Last edited by Duane Bledsoe; 10-28-2012 at 11:14 PM.