I am starting to build raised panel doors using standard cope and stick router bits that cut a 7/16" cope and panel groove. I cut my raised panels so that there is a 1/4" space for expansion at each stile. My question - what is the maximum width I could make the raised panel and not have the door fail due to expansion exceeding 1/2' across the width of the panel?
From the original questioner:
I gave incorrect dimensions above - my panels allow for 1/8" movement on each side for a total expansion of 1/4" across the panel. I am looking to find out what the largest width panel I can make without exceeding 1/4" total expansion.