3 pc.bookcase cabinet series #11: Raised Panel Door labor of love, 5 to go

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 12-18-2020 09:19 PM 378 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Cabinets and more learning...Yikes Part 11 of 3 pc.bookcase cabinet series series Part 12: Learning Raised Panel Doors...the finishing »

And after many reasons for delays, I completed the 6 poplar panels slightly oversized. Checked the frames. notice each frame is a bridle joint with tongue and groove joint and a notch in the corner for the panel. I used a table saw for the tenons and groove since this poplar proved so hard on my router bits. Each frame was labeled and corners labeled. I have a vertical panel raising bit and you increment the fence back after a pass to get the depth you want. So after a few test cuts on the new Bosch router table I was ready. This panel is 12 by 26, and I used 3 passes to get the curved edge and allowing for the 1/4 extra rabbet into the groove. After I made the profile I made test cuts for a rabbet with the table saw and then the final cut on the good panel. Next steps take it apart stain the panel. then glue the frame around the panel, no glue on the panel and stain and poly the whole thing. I have made 2 other raised panel projects. First was raised panel doors in pine on an 8 inch table saw. The second was the panels on the cherry blanket chest in my projects list for my son, and I used this vertical panel bit. This bit cost me about $20 and is carbide tipped.

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#1 posted 12-18-2020 10:40 PM

Hey OG2!

Its good to see you at work. Is it a bit cooler now in Pheonix?

I have one of those bits but have never yet used it. It seems less scary that the bit winged bits, but you do have to manage the panels standing on edge.

I’ve got a bunch of bits I’ve never used. You dont’ seem to have that problem.

It’s looking good there on your project! Beautiful panels. Who knew poplar could look so good?


-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#2 posted 12-21-2020 02:08 PM

Very clean doors. What do you make of the vertical panel raising bit? I have not tried one.

The bridal joints are impressive. I am curious why you did not use a simple cope and stick joint as for a door, the bridal joint is many orders of magnitude stronger than required. Not a bad choice, but certainly lots of work.

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