Fitting a Side Panel
Here at Distinctive Doors we’re always eager to help, so to make your life easier we’ve put together a handy step-by-step guide to accompany our instructional video on fitting a side panel. Take a look at our Elegant Entrances to see what your finished project could look like.
Measure the aperture for the side panel. Allow a 5mm (0.2") (0.2") clearance on the width and height.
Test-fit the panel. Using 2.5mm (0.1") (0.1") spacers, ensure there is approximately a 2.5mm (0.1") (0.1") clearance on each edge.
Along the edge to be fitted nearest the wall, mark the centre of the panel stile at 180mm (7.1") (7.1") from the top and bottom, and in the centre.
On each of these marks, drill an 8.5mm (0.35") (0.35") hole to a depth of 38mm (1½") (1½").
Knock the fixing bolts into each of these holes.
These are sold separately and can be found here.
Offer in the panel, laying the fixing bolts onto the face of the frame. Use the same spacers as previous. Mark the centre of each of the bolts.
Transfer the marks into the frame rebate. Make a mark across the line you just drew at 28mm (1.1") (1.1") from the internal face of the frame.
Using a 22mm (0.85") (0.85") flat spade bit, drill into the frame on each of these marks. Drill to the depth of approximately 15mm (0.6") (0.6").
Offer the panel into the frame, inserting the bolts into the frame holes you just drilled. Use the spacers to position the panel. Ensure they aren’t protruding past the face of the frame.
Using a countersink, then a wood drill, drill through the frame from the door side, stopping before the panel.
Hide these holes behind any hinges or lock keeps if possible so the fixing screws are not visible.
Ensure that these screws will not affect the installation of hinges or keeps.
Fix the panel using wood screws short enough so that they don’ break any of the glazing in the panel.