Simpson uses a variety of innovative techniques to build the best doors. And while there are a number of ways to build a stile and rail wood door, Simpson believes in the enduring quality of a door with engineered stiles. What does that mean? It means your door's stile components, the longest components in the door, are made of multiple pieces of wood rather than a single piece of wood. This adds strength and long-lasting quality while looking exactly as if they were constructed from a single piece of wood.
The all-wood core in a Simpson stile provides incredible strength and durability. And all components in the core are finger-jointed, not edge glued. Finger-joints are superior joints as they have greater gluing surface for added strength.
The outer edge band blends with surface veneers so that the finger-jointed core is not visible.
Inner edge bands are provided so that no finger-joints show in the sticking.
Specially selected vertical grain cants are sliced for the stile and rail faces. The cants are run through a hot water bath to soften the wood fibers to obtain a smooth slice without tearing the grain. The resulting veneers are dried to a similar moisture content as the core material. By using these selected veneers, surface quality is enhanced.
Simpson knows that different projects call for different veneer thickness. As a standard, Simpson uses thick 1/16" veneers for all wood species with the exception of 1/8" veneers for doors made of knotty alder. This thickness allows for multiples refinishes over the life of the door.
For projects that require a thicker veneer, consider 1/8" or 1/4". Simply let your Simpson door supplier know your project requirements up front and we can build exactly what you need.