I talked to a company one time about making tables. First thing they mentioned is all would must be accimated and stabilized for one year prior to assembly...Takes money to make money... I was out....if the same fabrication methods are used for large horizontal table tops,
why won't it work for a vertical project of the same nature ?
(just thinking out loud here).
Steve, please describe how yours is made up. Are they 4 separate panels? Are the moldings over a joint? Are they linked with biscuits, tongue & groove or any other way?You are makimg one large panel?
Wise to break the panal up..This beds 20 years old and built like a tank...
That is likely what I will do.The bed is made cabinet style. I was a cabinet maker at the the time and thought like a cabinet maker. Later I became a furniture maker and did things differently.
Panels were broke up because that's the way doors are done. Very wide panels create shrinkage.
If you want a wide panel. I would suggest a trim piece that will allow you ad the panel finished and then trimmed in.
Otherwise I would completely stain and atleast seal coat the panel before assembly..
If you've ever clamped a panel up andd left it in a clamp you may have noticed your clamps getting loose. This is panel movement....