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Forum topic by Lenny posted 12-02-2010 04:18 AM 3216 views 0 times favorited 36 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-02-2010 04:18 AM

Hi folks. I am quite excited. Despite 31 years of woodworking experience, I made my first raised panel doors (two) today. I have made paneled doors but not raised panels. I made the rails and stiles and glued up the panels during the day, then, I raised the panels tonight. Nothing is glued or sanded yet but I thought I would post this anyway. I opted for mortise and tenons for the joints.

These doors are for my first commissioned piece, a sewing table for a former co-worker. For those who have made raised panels, I am wondering if there are any generally accepted “rules” regarding angles and also height of the bevel? Is it instead woodworker option, i.e., what is pleasing to the eye? These doors are short in height and long in width. I can’t remember for sure but I ended up going with either a 15 degree or 20 degree angle. It’s also the first time I used the tall side of my two-sided fence jig (See my projects.). I felt quite safe pushing the wood through the blade. Of course, I left some play for expansion and contraction. Here are a couple of pictures. Thanks for stopping by.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#1 posted 12-02-2010 04:40 AM

Very nice…..what next?


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#2 posted 12-02-2010 04:51 AM

way to go lenny…glad to see your getting back to work …ive heard there has been some serious loafing going on…finally got a job to pay for the grocery’s huh….lol…...the door looks great…professional all the way i say…look forward to seeing the rest …make sure you post more pictures of this project along the way…enjoy…does this mean you got your dust control back up and operational…have not seen any more shop pictures either…....i know just drinking coffee doesnt take all your time…lol…grizz

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#3 posted 12-02-2010 04:51 AM

looks good lenny

i usually use the sharpest bit
i got
in the shaper

let’s see 35 years to here

how long do you figure
to the glue up lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 12-02-2010 05:06 AM

I think yours came out beautifully, Lenny.

My understanding (nothing more) is that raised panel—because you hog off a LOT of wood—is a great thing for a shaper, and a much more difficult thing for most routers/router tables.

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 12-02-2010 05:19 AM

Thanks all. Not sure what you mean by “what next?” Bob. If you mean projects, I have them lined up. If you mean on this project, I have to make the top and then it’s on to finished assembly. I will be posting pictures once I finish the project.

Grizz, it is indeed a delight to actually get back to projects after several months of shop renovation work. My dust collection system is more than half completed. I fell one 45 degree elbow short in my calculations so when I ordered them, I didn’t have enough. That means I didn’t turn the last corner and install the three drops that will be on that wall. However, I just put a cap on the end of the run and I am using one side of the system. So, in short, the system is functional. I ordered the elbow and have since received it so eventually I will finish it but I don’t want to interrupt this project again. I might do one final post on the shop renovation once the DC is fully completed.

David, nice to hear from you and you too Neil. No shaper in my shop so it’s either the router table with a raised panel bit (I have one), or the table saw, I opted for the TS on this one. When I make my first cabinet doors, I will be using the router station. Thanks again guys.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#6 posted 12-02-2010 05:23 AM

Lenny, I’m not aware of any “rules” regarding the angles or height of the bevel but your door looks great. Very nice work, especially for a first time.

I’ve made hundreds of raised panel doors on both shapers and router tables. I think shapers are only easier because of the feeder but there’s no reason you couldn’t use a feeder on a router table.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#7 posted 12-02-2010 05:33 AM

Nice work, Lenny.

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#8 posted 12-02-2010 05:35 AM

nice. can’t wait to try something like that myself

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#9 posted 12-02-2010 05:38 AM

i use router cutters on the shaper
with a collet adaptor

just because i have a shaper
bit’s are cheaper

than shaper setups

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 12-02-2010 05:57 AM

I believe the only rule is “make it look good”, and it seems you abided by that rule ;)

curious – is this the orientation of the door? horizontal? (judging by the vertical orientation of the grain in the panel), just curious where you’d use a horizontal door in a sewing table?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#11 posted 12-02-2010 08:18 AM

Lenny, good to see you so happy, the door look really good.

As far as proportions, I guess it’s as much as the router bit will

allow and woodworkers discretion. If ever you make a badly

proportioned raise panel, I’m sure you’ll know on your own.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#12 posted 12-02-2010 10:35 AM

Nice work. I have never done it, no plans to build anything that would need a door.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 12-02-2010 12:23 PM

I’m no expert, but it bears a striking resemblance to a raised panel door… ;-)
I think you hit your target, my Friend!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#14 posted 12-02-2010 12:43 PM

Hey, Lenny, way to go; those look great to me. We use to make ‘em back when we made cabinets and such but that’s been quite a while ago, now. We make molding mostly now. You just keep on doing what you’re doing and listen to what some of the lumberjocks have to say. You look like you are doing fine to me. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 12-02-2010 01:13 PM

Thanks everyone. I appreciate the comments and input. As Bob Kollman mentions, with the router bit once you reach the bearing you will have maxed out. Next time I will try the router station. Sharon, you are very perceptive (and inquisitive). The “customer” asked if I could make a sewing table for her. I said I could and asked about design. She found one online that she liked and showed me a copy of it. We then set out to design it to her specific liking. The original has a cavity for the sewing machine to sit in when not in use. She did not need/want that. It also has a couple of drawers beneath that cavity. She asked if I could replace the cavity and drawers with an upper and lower door. “Of course I can” says I. Anyway, you will see it all when I post the finished project but yeah, the doors are horizontal.

Autumn, it’s funny you should mention the retirement and time. That was exactly my thinking! Having delayed this project for months due to a shop renovation, I planned to just make the doors as a solid panel, round the edges and call it done. Then I thought, gee, you have the time and it will look a lot nicer with a raised panel door. I think she and others who see it will like/appreciate the feature.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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