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Space Balls - Raised Panel Door Spacers

Eliminates panel rattle, and ensures that the panel stays centered in the frame. (100 Pack)
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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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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
Discountable Yes
4.5 / 5.0
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Space balls work
Some times I cut a portion of these off so they do not put as much pressure on the styles/rails. They do work just fine if you follow the directions carefully and allow some space for the balls.
September 21, 2019
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Space Balls - Raised Panel Door Spacers
I made a bar with 2 doors and an upper cabinet with 2 doors and wine rack for a Niece and her husband.
I have made raised panel doors in the past without space balls.
They looked great, but rattled when they are closed.
Space balls where inexpensive, easy to use, and worked great. I will use them every time from now on.
July 7, 2019
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
They worked as advertised. Now we wait for a weather change to see if they work with expansion and contraction of my cabinet door panels.
May 14, 2019
10 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Love these little guys!
I used them several years ago when working for a cabinetmaker. Never heard of them before that and thought they would be an excellent choice to hold the panels in my shaker style cabinet doors and end panel.
April 4, 2019
11 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great product. Been using for years.
February 4, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very happy with them. Seemed to work well.
January 22, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Space Balls for raised panel doors
I have used these for years. They are indispensable for successful raised panel doors, as they ensure the panels are centered and free of rattles.
October 24, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
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
1 year ago
They work great for keeping your panel centered.
August 20, 2018
over 2 years ago
can't build a panel door without these.unless you like rattles.
August 14, 2018
over 2 years ago
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
great product
Keith R on Jan 31, 2020
I am getting this product because I am getting ready to make shaker style doors for my kitchen.
Keishia Renae P on Nov 8, 2019
great product
Keith R on Jan 31, 2020
building two specialty custom cabinets for a special person
fred h on Dec 15, 2019
I am getting this product because I am getting ready to make shaker style doors for my kitchen.
Keishia Renae P on Nov 8, 2019
making flat panel doors for kitchen pantry
Howard E on Nov 6, 2019
so the doors don't blow apart
Cecile R on Nov 2, 2019
Simple purpose product
Zon B on Oct 31, 2019
The name
Chad B on Sep 14, 2019
need them to complete a raised panel door
Ron S on Aug 27, 2019
I have used these for years and simply I am running short.
Dan B on Aug 23, 2019
Victor A on Jul 16, 2019
makes for a great door panel
Ron K on Jun 24, 2019
Want to try them out
Michael N on Jun 5, 2019
Work better than anything else for cabinet doors.
Aaron N on May 19, 2019
Building cabinet doors, these keeps the panel centered and allows panel to expand.
Smokin on May 7, 2019
To help in centering the panel within the framework and to allow for material expansion.
Calvin B on Mar 24, 2019
I used these before when working in cabinet making and like how they keep panels centered and quiet.
papajeep on Mar 14, 2019
To use making raised panel doors
Witt on Mar 12, 2019
to solidify walnut plywood panels in a chest
Mike S on Feb 25, 2019
Great product to use for keeping panels centered when gluing.
John J. C on Feb 18, 2019
Love using them to keep framing tight.
Bob W on Jan 29, 2019
I use these on all my panel doors. They keep the panel from rattling.
Ron G on Jan 21, 2019
Uniformity of panel.
William C on Jan 4, 2019
I was introduced to these when I purchased a router set to produce rails and stiles. these work as advertised. simple, but very effective. wish I'd thought of this.
JOHN B on Nov 26, 2018
Getting into making doors
Jerry C on Nov 25, 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
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.
AndyRx 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
building two specialty custom cabinets for a special person
fred h on Dec 15, 2019
making flat panel doors for kitchen pantry
Howard E on Nov 6, 2019
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: Once they are installed and the frame is put together, they are not being touched or handled in any way directly.
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: These will hold in a groove for 1/4" panels. I then make my panels 1/4" narrower than they tongue of the rail. You don't want to fight compression the space balls when assembling the door.
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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