Been working this weekend on this some more. I'm really enjoying working with this cherry. After it came out of the planer it was so buttery smooth i wanted to just hit it with finish and be done. There are always struggles with working in a small shop for me it's 12 foot boards. I couldn't get the width i needed in 8 footers for the panels so i bought 12s.
Once i got them cut to length it was as easy as resawing and planing. My resaw king cut through this wood like butter. I was happy with the results as well it took me one half of a turn on my DW735 to remove all the planer marks or less then 1/32nd of removal. For my hack skill level that's pretty good.
I cut stopped groves in the rails and stiles except i forgot to stop. I was planning on joining the rails and stiles together with shop made 8mm dominos with the joiner on it's widest setting for some extra strength. So i dug out some scrap from another project and filled the groves with some oak. The only time you'll ever be able to see the patch is with either the top removed or if you flip it upside down.
I'm using space balls to keep the panels in place. Beings that it's summer i shot to squish down each side by 1/8th of an inch.
Here it is all clamped up. I ran about 3 dry fits to make sure i had everything down. I figured out in the dry fit that space balls don't squish down as much as i was hoping so i reduced the width of my panel and each space ball is getting compressed by 1/16th. I hope that's enough but i couldn't really clamp it together with much more then that.
Not to rinse and repeat for 5 more panels.
Set it up outdoors and go at it. It's like shellac in that you want to lay it down and move on. Don't muck about too much. Try to put the sealer just where you want it. I use some stuff called Seam Grip or Sil Net. Some brands tell you to wipe the seams with alcohol just prior to application which supposedly allows the sealer to get down into the weave of the nylon and helps adhesion.
I try not to make the bead too thin because it seems that over time the thinnest stuff starts to lift off first. Follow manufacturer's instructions on which surface to seal (inside, outside, or both).