Shop cabinets - my first raised panel doors

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Project by MikeSpanky posted 05-31-2015 06:41 PM 2650 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I enjoyed building this set of shop cabinets using raised panels on the doors. I probably would not have gone to such trouble except I’m about to embark on a new set of kitchen cabinets for our home which will be built out of hickory and raised panel doors, some will be arched. This project helped me to get a headstart on this method. They are made with 3/4” plywood (sides) and pine lumber (doors, face frame and drawers). The face frames ard made with the tongue and the groove method and put together with pocket hole screws and glued. I used a raised panel router bit for the interior panel of the doors. The rails and styles were done with a ogee rail and styles router bit. Probably will use some wipe on poly on the finish.

Thanks for looking.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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#1 posted 05-31-2015 09:32 PM

I think it turned out great Mike. I’m about to take on a project building some cabinets.

Keep up the good work my friend.

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#2 posted 05-31-2015 10:50 PM

Nice work!

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#3 posted 06-01-2015 12:38 AM

Very nice. I, too, am planning to make some garage cabinets like yours as practice towards refurbishing the kitchen.

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#4 posted 06-01-2015 12:46 AM

Nice first raised panel project. Did you use space balls to center the panels? They are easy to use and keep the panel away from the glue joints. Another thing that is worth doing is pre finishing your panel edges prior to assembling your doors, that way when wood adjusts during seasonal changes you will never have any unfinished wood where the panels fit into your frames. Have fun on the kitchen project.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#5 posted 06-01-2015 03:19 AM

Thanks guys.

Ralph—it helped me a lot getting to work on my shop cabinets first. I discovered some things I will need to change when I get my kitchen. But already have some friends who’ve seen these and are wanting me to build new doors for theirs. They’ll just have to get in line.

dshute – yes I will certainly pre-finish my doors and drawer fronts before installation on the new kitchen set. I’ve been sort of pushing it to get these done so I can begin work on the room where we will build them. Since we will use another room, not our existing kitchen, I have lots of plumbing and electrical work to do before I get to the cabinets. But I love to build and love a challenge. Yes I did use paneliners (square not round) in the raised panel door grooves. I allowed 1/4” for this, 1/8” on all four sides. Worked out very well.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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