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Eliminates panel rattle, and ensures that the panel stays centered in the frame. (100 Pack)

Space Balls - Raised Panel Door Spacers

Item #
12386
Rating:
90% of 100
Space Balls - Raised Panel Door Spacers
Space Balls - Raised Panel Door Spacers

Insert these space balls in your rail and stile grooves to center raised panels in their frames, thereby ensuring flawless frame and panel assemblies. The balls are soft enough to allow expansion and contraction, but firm enough to keep the panel from rattling. They are also designed to help eliminate cracking glue joints. 8-10 space balls per door recommended. If you are using a curved bottom dado slot this spacing must be increased to a minimum of 7/32'' on all sides.

(100) Space Ball Raised Panel Door Spacers
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Brand No
Manufacturer Part Number No
Weight 0.0500
Tech Spec
  • Material: Synthetic Rubber
  • Diameter: 0.26''
  • Allow 5/32” spacing and use 8-10 space balls per door
  • 8 to 10 space balls are recommended per door
Tech Docs No
Prop 65 WarningWARNING: Cancer & Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

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I think they work fine but it took 3 weeks to get them when I called she told me they are in the post office so we cant call for 10 days I think that is to long
September 8, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
They work great for keeping your panel centered.
August 20, 2018
Purchased
7 months ago
can't build a panel door without these.unless you like rattles.
August 14, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Space balls
Centers the panel perfectly.
August 5, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
These make the magic happen
These balls are the perfect answer for holding the inner door panel in place with no need for glue. The door can shrink and expand with humidity changes and the balls simply do too. It is important to stain and finish the inner panel before assembly. That way if the door components do indeed move there will not be an unstained edge showing.
April 24, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
SPACEBALLS!! (NOT the movie!)
These are great. I had a slightly different application, for which they were perfect. I had to make some large floor-standing mirrors with frames for a hair salon and used these as cushioning around the 1/4" mirror. I allowed about 3/16 inch space all the way around the inside of the mirror frame- not for expansion of the mirror glass, but for cushioning and centering of the mirror to keep the glass safe. The mirrors also have a full 1/4" thick protective MDF back panel for the same reasons. Now I'm certain they will will withstand LUDICROUS SPEED!! 5 stars all day long for this application, and I'm sure they work just as well for their prescribed use.
February 20, 2018
Purchased
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Good solution for cabinet panels
Good solution. Could be a little softer
October 14, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Nice for raised doors.
I use these for my raised panel doors and they work great to keep the panel tight if the panel shrinks.
September 14, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Space balls
These little balls really came in handy. They spaced the panels really nice. I used the door panel cutters to make large wall panels in a library/ den I'm building. The panels were 18" wide by 60" tall. The space balls worked great.
April 24, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
space balls
They are very helpful when you make Raised Panel doors or Flat Panel doors, you put 2 spaceballs in top & bottom rails & 3 in side stiles & they hold the panel in center of frame & allows expansion & cotraction of Panels without cracking anything
Bernies Furniture & Cabinetry
April 15, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Making cabinet doors
WAYNE C on Sep 20, 2018
Door use
Douglas M on Jul 9, 2018
Making cabinet doors
WAYNE C on Sep 20, 2018
Husband Building new kitchen cabinet doors.
Allison I on Aug 7, 2018
Door use
Douglas M on Jul 9, 2018
These are excellent at keeping raised panels from rattling in the frame.
Aaron R on Jun 24, 2018
Building cabinet doors
harry p on Apr 2, 2018
I had special glue up needs on a panel side of a cabnet.
James R. T on Mar 30, 2018
needed
Henry M on Mar 18, 2018
keep the panel centered
michael r on Mar 8, 2018
Making Raised Panel Doors
Denver W on Mar 3, 2018
Used the before and they worked OK for me.
Willie H on Mar 3, 2018
Really wanted to try Panel Buddies due to all of the cons I've read about Space Balls (ie Oil bleeding through wood, forcing panels apart due to stiffness, spilling everywhere), but this was all that was offered here, so I guess I'll try them anyway.
Andrew M on Feb 26, 2018
Get some rattling with raised panels at times. This product will help to eliminate this.
William F on Feb 17, 2018
I just started to make cabinet doors. Sounds like the way to go.
Bill J on Feb 17, 2018
Perfectly centers the panel and allows expansion.
Martin H on Jan 8, 2018
wanted to try. see if they keep panels from shifting.
fred h on Dec 7, 2017
I am making raised panel kitchen doors
ED V on Nov 20, 2017
Spacers for panel doors I am making
Christopher B on Nov 7, 2017
Keeps panels from excessive rattle through seasonal changes
Joe M on Nov 7, 2017
Always use them in raised panels
Bob W on Oct 24, 2017
Cabinet door build
Christopher B on Sep 28, 2017
To help minimize possible door movement and expansion from humidity.
Anne I on Sep 1, 2017
for raised panel cabinet doors
Russell M on Jul 13, 2017
Needed for raised panel doors.
Michael G on Jul 9, 2017
building kitchen cabinets
Martin H on Jul 6, 2017
have used in past, works better than cut-up rubber bands
Bob L on Jul 3, 2017
Used these on previous cabinets to space door panels , and they stopped door panel rattle
James C on Jun 3, 2017
To stabilize panels in frame-and-panel doors
Catherine D on May 29, 2017
These work great in doors to hold the panels. Was running low so bought more.
Kevin H on May 20, 2017
Building new Kitchen cupboards doors need fo raised panel rail and style construction
Ronnald A on May 5, 2017
going to be making some raised panel cabinets.
David D on Apr 20, 2017
Space balls work well with solid panel raised doors to control expansion and contraction due to changing temperature and humidity. They also prevent the panel from becoming glued to the stiles and rails if some glue accidentally leaks into the grooves from the stick and cope joints.
Russ A on Apr 19, 2017
Building some cabinets
DANIEL T on Mar 15, 2017
To allow proper raised panel spacing throughout humidty changes
Bob S on Mar 11, 2017
Little rubber balls place in rail and stile doors to allow the panel to expand and contract but not rattle around.
Gerald on Feb 26, 2017
Recommended by magazine article to assemble cabinet doors
Bob L on Feb 10, 2017
I made my first set of inlayed cabinet doors.
Kristopher R on Feb 4, 2017
TO HELP IN A CABINET JOB
JD E on Dec 17, 2016
wanted to give them a try to see if they work as good as the reviews say they do
Timothy W on Nov 25, 2016
Had lots of success with these in the pAST
Joseph S on Nov 9, 2016
I am making kitchen cabinet doors and ran out.
John L on Oct 23, 2016
Project requirement
Bill R on Oct 4, 2016
Great for my new custom cabinet doors
Scott W on Oct 1, 2016
I have had trouble with panels in the past. This was a great way to solve that problem.
JIM L on Sep 19, 2016
very effective
Ana N on Sep 18, 2016
helpful for centering panels and to judge fit on sides
C S on Sep 2, 2016
Raised Panel Door Spacers
Wayne P on Aug 21, 2016
to eliminate rattle from door panel
Jeffrey P on Aug 4, 2016
Recommended by friend. Was using cut-up rubber bands. Space balls are simpler to use and exceedingly better than my old method
Bob L on Aug 1, 2016
to give them a try
Paul A on Jul 29, 2016
Like them
Bob W on Jun 23, 2016
Husband Building new kitchen cabinet doors.
Allison I on Aug 7, 2018
These are excellent at keeping raised panels from rattling in the frame.
Aaron R on Jun 24, 2018
does anyone know if these are safe to use on kitchen cabinets? warning on the back of package says it has cancer causing chemicals.
Jose D on Feb 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If they aren't there are millions of kitchen cabinet doors giving people cancer. That's the California warning...everything causes cancer in California
So, for 1/4" balls, you need to allow 5/32" for compression. What is the width of the groove - do I allow just sufficient to hold the ball while I assemble? Ron
ronmac on Nov 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Leave just enough room to hold spaceball they will expand lenghtwise too
If You're going to stain your doors how can you keep the glue from ruining your staining process?
A shopper on Apr 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The key is to use only just enough glue to avoid excessive squeeze out. This will come with experience. If you do get squeeze out,(and you generally want some to ensure the joint is fully glued ), wipe off the excess glue immediately with a damp rag. You could prestain the parts but this limits any sanding of the joints after assembly.I have heard of some people taping each side of the joint but getting the tape in the corners is not practical. Hope this helps.
I have looked at this post and it said to use 5/32" space and I have called Rockler and they said use 1/8 inch I would like to make sure before I cut the panels P.S. do you subtract this measurement from each side of the panel ??? Thank you for any info Greg
A shopper on May 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes the 5/32" is what is recommended and yes that is on each side. You can go with 1/8" and if it feels too tight just shave a little off the balls with a single edge razor blade. I sometimes make a test panel out of cheap 1/4" veneer I've got extra of to check my fit first.
what the type of synthetic rubber is the space ball?
Kwang T on Jan 19, 2018
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