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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.


Fitting a Side Panel Step 1 measure the aperture for the side panel

Step One

Measure the aperture for the side panel. Allow a 5mm (0.2") (0.2") clearance on the width and height.


Fitting a Side Panel Step 2 mark the side panel to be cute

Step Two

Mark the side panel to be cut, cutting equal amounts from each edge.


Fitting a Side Panel Step 3 draw a line down each dimension to work to when cutting

Step Three

Draw a line down each dimension to work to when cutting.


Fitting a Side Panel Step 4 cut the panel to side

Step Four

Cut the panel to size. It is easiest to use a table saw with a scribe blade.

Fitting a Side Panel Step 5 test fit the panel

Step Five

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.


Fitting a Side Panel Step 6 along the edge to be fittted nearest the wall, mark the centre of the panel...

Step Six

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.


Fitting a Side Panel Step 7 drill an 8.5 hole

Step Seven

On each of these marks, drill an 8.5mm (0.35") (0.35") hole to a depth of 38mm (1½") (1½").


Fitting a Side Panel Step 8 knock the fixing bolts in

Step Eight

Knock the fixing bolts into each of these holes.

These are sold separately and can be found here.


Fitting a Side Panel Step 9, offer in the panel

Step Nine

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.


Fitting a Side Panel Step 10 mark across the line you just drew

Step Ten

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.


Fitting a Side Panel Step 11 drill into the frame using flat spade bit

Step Eleven

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").


Fitting a Side Panel Step 12 offer the panel into the frame

Step Twelve

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.


Fitting a Side Panel Step 13 drill through the frame from the doorside

Step Thirteen

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.


Fitting a Side Panel Step 14 fix the panel using wood screws

Step 14

Fix the panel using wood screws short enough so that they don’ break any of the glazing in the panel.


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