My first raised door panel door

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Project by jockmike2 posted 01-29-2007 03:52 PM 2825 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
My first raised door panel door
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When we redid the kitchen we had an old pantry that I made a door for and drawers inside with dovetail joint corners. The drawers can hold about a hundred pounds each. Believe me my wife uses it all. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#1 posted 01-29-2007 04:14 PM

I love this. Clean, simple (appearance), beautiful. Yup.. gotta have one of these.. (now where can I build a pantry.. hmm)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 01-29-2007 05:45 PM

Good looking job. I really like the maple.

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#3 posted 01-29-2007 05:51 PM

Nice Mike,
Does that have the vertical drawer shelves ?

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 01-29-2007 05:57 PM

My first raised panel doors were on the first cabinets I ever designed. To make matters worse the guy wanted “Arched” raised panels. If it could go wrong, it did go wrong. Just as I was about to finish my first door i found out that it was a little warped due to trying to flatten it with a Random Orbital Sander, the boards were not all flat and level so I tried to use the sander to get rid of the glue and uneveness of the boards only to make the door “wavey” On the first pass through the router, i pushed down on the bottom of the door, raising the top of the door and causeing an un-noticed nick in the arch. In the second pass through the router, I pushed down on the bottom of the board, raising the top of the board again, got caught in the nick caused during the first pass, and ground a 1” gouge in my dorr, and ruined it.

That was about 2 weeks into my cabinets, and the first time I ever thought about actually “Quitting”. My excuse for not quitting is this guy had just spent about $2,500.00 on tools and there was no way I could have paid him back.

I regrouped, told him I heeded a drum sander, and he bought one. Now you know the rest of the story

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#5 posted 01-29-2007 06:50 PM

WELL NOW, let me tell you the rest of the story. I went to the lunber yard and asked them what it would cost for them to build me one. 80.00-100.00 dollars. Well I just knew I could build one cheaper than that. After all I had my own router table even my own door making set of bits. I said no thanks, at that price, I can do it. So I figured out the wood I needed, not allowing for mistakes, went home read up a little on raised panel doors, nothing to it…..right. About a month later and 150.00 dollars in materials later I knew how to make a friggin raised panel door. What a stubborn moron. As Paul Harvey would say, thats the rest of the story. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 01-29-2007 07:08 PM

Raised Panel doors are the easiest thing to make. I’ve never had one fail yet. Well except for that time the panel was too small, And maybe when it was too big. I developed an Excel spreadsheet to be used to assist in the sizing of raised panels doors. Because I needed about 40 for my kitchen I was building the cabinets. If you want a copy send me your e-mail address. The only requirement is you need an excel spreadsheet program or a clone that reads excel files. (Now I just need to find it on my computer). Is that vertical filing or horizontal filing?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 01-29-2007 11:25 PM

Quote jockmike2: ”About a month later and 150.00 dollars in materials later I knew how to make a … raised panel door.”

Mike, that was still cheaper than the lumber yard quote. Look at it this way – $75.00 for the lumber & $75.00 for the lesson. A bargain both ways!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#8 posted 04-15-2010 04:42 AM

There are several ways to make them, I’ve learned from this site. I’ve only tried one way on the table saw and after reading the post on here, I now know they can fail. Thanks Karson. Now I can wait for mine to fall apart. How long should I wait? By the way Mike, yours turned out nice. I know this is an old post, so how is it holding up?

-- Janice

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