What is a cradled wood panel?

Encaustic is made of wax and natural resin, and it needs support - ideally wood panels.  A cradled panel is one with braces on the sides and, if larger, across the back to keep it perfectly flat and strong.
This is what a bare cradled panel looks like:

I continue the encaustic down over the edges of my work so it can be hung without framing and look finished and clean.  
Here's a ridiculously speedy video of the process:

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