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Old 09-17-2007, 10:06 PM   #1
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Hey guys, i was wondering if anyone has ever done raised panels. I saw they sell pre-made ones ready for install but i want to learn to make them myself.

Basically what im asking is if anyone could tell me how or give me a guide on making raised panels and tell me what tools are required to do it.

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I would suggest that you stick with the pre-fabricated panels. The reasons are because of the level of tools required, bits and extensive detail work involved. See for yourself:

http://www.rockler.com/articles/disp...m?story_id=103

On the other hand, if you have a wood shop, money to spend on tools, and time on your hands.....go for it.

Here is another link I found, tho, I don't know how good the results would look:

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...BillMay04.html

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If you got a shop with a jointer, planer, table saw, router table, dust collector, sander, good flat workbench and a bunch of parallel clamps, you should be good to go.
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Here is another link I found, tho, I don't know how good the results would look:

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...BillMay04.html
I've done that...and the results were good...not perfect but with sanding and a good saw blade, it's a good alternative method. Wood magazine issue 164 from September 2005 has an easy fence assembly that helps make the process much safer. If one doesn't have the issue, it can be found here for around $8.
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The tablesaw method is very easy and you can produce quite a few panels in little time. If you're using a Bies fence, build a support jig out of MDF or CG plywood. It should look like a lowercase 'h'. This will slip on top of the fence and the verticle member will be the support. Using a good blade, you will have very little sanding.
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sorry but by raised panels i was talking about for walls not doors, i wasn't too specific in my question.
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It's no different doing them for walls.

Raised panels are simple for any intermediate woodworker who owns a tablesaw, and a router. Doing flat raised panels on a table saw is very effective, and easy. Finish them off with a hand plane, because sanding them will destroy the crisp edges.

The more difficult part of raised panel cabinetry is the rails and stiles. Although with wall panelling that is much easier because the frames do not have to be structurally strong.
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sorry but by raised panels i was talking about for walls not doors, i wasn't too specific in my question.
As Nate said, the design and fabrication method are the same concept as doing doors ....
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Finish them off with a hand plane, because sanding them will destroy the crisp edges.
I should have said, "finish them off with a rabbet plane". A normal bench plane won't cut the entire bevel.
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The more difficult part of raised panel cabinetry is the rails and stiles. Although with wall panelling that is much easier because the frames do not have to be structurally strong.
I'd also add, that I don't think the cope and stick router bit sets that cut rails and stiles are good for much. They create very little glue area, and no structural strength. They'd work fine for panels that are going to be screwed to the wall, but for doors, I don't think they're very long-lasting. Learn to cut a traditional mortise and tenon.
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I'd also add, that I don't think the cope and stick router bit sets that cut rails and stiles are good for much. They create very little glue area, and no structural strength. They'd work fine for panels that are going to be screwed to the wall, but for doors, I don't think they're very long-lasting. Learn to cut a traditional mortise and tenon.

I have to respectfully disagree with your comment about being long-lasting and of no structural strength. While they may not be as strong as traditional MT, they do serve the purpose of building solid well built panels/doors. If your assessment is correct, there's going to be a whole bunch of cabinets falling apart...that's what the majority of cabinet manufactures use. For many it comes at the cost of the bit set and a router with a decent table and fence. Most can not/will not spend the $$$ for the bits that may be used on one small project. If one was doing a whole kitchen, of course they could justify the expense.

Raised panels mounted to a wall could use pocket screws to hold the frame together, they'll never be seen and are strong.

For the OP, In a wall application, there are many techniques using molding and plywood that will allow you to have the raised panel look...with out the expense and problems of solid wood panels. And depending on whether you're planning on painting or staining the panels, each technique has it's own advantages.

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