DIY Dictionary: Space Balls

Space Balls are hard rubber balls—about the size of a miniature pea—used to help center the panels in frame-and-panel cabinet doors and prevent them…

DIY dictionary space ballsPhoto: Courtesy of Rockler

What are Space Balls?

Space Balls are hard rubber balls—about the size of a miniature pea—used to help center the panels in frame-and-panel cabinet doors and prevent them from rattling. The panels in raised and flat-panel cabinet doors are purposely left loose so they can expand and contract—without impacting the frame—as humidity levels rise and fall. In the “dry season”—when panels are at their smallest size—they can shift around and rattle annoyingly. The space balls—installed as the door is assembled—are large enough to fill the gap between frame and door, yet flexible enough to “give” when the panel expands.

Check out this quick-and-easy cabianet door tutorial.

Photo: Courtesy of Rockler

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