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Has anyone ever tried to stiffen very tall stiles with steel or similar inside a stave core? i.e. set a steel channel into a channel in the core material using epoxy and then laminating solid wood skins over top as usual.
We did the corners of a very large pair of doors that where an "E" configuration, no center stiles. Welded up flat bar and routed those into the center of our engineered core and laminated them using west systems epoxy.
I have put flat stock steel in the latch edges of 12' doors to appease architects that thought it was needed. Recessed 1/8" x 1-3/4" flat bar stock into the edge and covered it with 1/4" wood.
No problems that I ever heard of, but also unnecessary, in my opinion.
To answer your question, no. How tall are the doors?
I have seen this several times with a tall door, both here in the U.S. and in Europe. They were tight fitting, so no adh site was used.
Here is a pretty simple way to put Iron in your stiles. Can be done off line on a shaper after the stiles are milled. For intermediate rails I would use double row dowel joinery to avoid the angle.
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