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#1 posted 03-11-2019 07:27 PM

I’ve made lots of raised panel doors with those ‘fancy router bits’. They are expensive. The router bits do two things. They make the slot in the rails and stiles around the door perimeter, and they make any inside molded edge on them.

They also make the raised panel edge. If you are making framed doors you can use plywood but it usually is only about 1/4” thick as the groove made in the frame is about that thick. You can’t use thick plywood as it is routed down thinner at the edges. You would need solid wood for that instance.

You can get away with just a table saw or simple router bit. Make a simpler square frame and route or cut with a table saw a 1/4” slot in the wood to accept the 1/4” plywood. You can also make a rabbet on the backside of the frame and glue the plywood onto it after the frame is put together.

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