Built-In Ironing Board Cabinet #3: Raised Panel Door Fabrication

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Blog entry by Chuck McIntyre posted 09-03-2015 01:48 AM 1086 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It has been a while since there has been an update on this cabinet. I have gotten a little side-tracked with other projects. I will be working on a torsion box assembly / outfeed table this weekend. As you can see in the pictures, I don’t have a space big enough to put this door together.

I am using a Freud raised panel bit set to make these doors. It is my first attempt at raised panel doors. All the pictures were taken during dry fitting. In the first picture you can see the rails and stiles fit together quite nicely. By the time you get to the final picture you will notice the right stile is not in place. The panels are fitting a little more snugly than i feel like they should be. It was late last night when I was working on this and I was afraid I was going to damage the stile if I kept going. I did not get time to get back to it today.

I am considering sanding down the panels a little to make them slide into the rails and stiles a little easier. I am assuming this is an unusual situation but, due to my inexperience, don’t know for sure. The panel bit has a back cutter and I have the fence lined up with the bearing for the final pass.

If anyone has any thoughts or feedback, I would greatly appreciate your input.

Thank you,


P.S. I am still struggling to get the pictures oriented properly. Must be an ipad issue!

Update – I think I figured out my tightness issue. My fence was set flush with the bearing above the raised panel bit. The intructions from Freud indicate the final pass is to be made with the fence flush with the nut above the bearing. Changing this will result in about 1/8” being added to the tenon on all four sides of the panels. If the rest of the famiy were not asleep I would fire up the 3.25 horse Triton and test my theory. Unfortunately, it will have to wait until morning. The last picture, although the angle distorts it a little, shows the gap with the fence set even with the bearing. And no, I do not have a vertical router table setup. Just, once again, my inability to correctly orient the picture!

-- Wood is a gift from God that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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