Curved Doors; Raised panel & Six light glass #6: Panel glue ups

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Blog entry by Les Hastings posted 08-30-2008 04:49 AM 8843 reads 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The panels for these doors will be four boards wide. They were milled at the same time the styles were using the same radius jigs. the panels will end up 3/4 thick, the parts were milled a strong 1/32 over that thickness to allow for sanding. A tray was used once again to cut the angle on all the parts on the table saw.

After the angle is cut on both both sides the parts are biscuted a to help in the gluing process. Make sure you keep them back far enough so they do not come out in the profile of the panel.


Then I use a piece of 1” mdf as a clamping pad for the panel. It is cut an 1/8 smaller in width than the width of the panel is when it is fit together. Making the clamp pad narrower than the panel will help in keeping the panel the right radius. It will crush the sides of the panel, but that’s ok. The panel is oversized at this point. Clamping blocks are cut to the outside radius of the panel and full width of the panel. Assemble the panel and clamp it to the 1” piece of mdf along its width. Then take the clamp blocks and clamp them over the top of the panel to the 1” thick mdf under the panel. The pictures below will explain better than I can.


Ok,,,,,,,,,More sanding blocks are made for the inside and the outside and the sanding begins. If you have taken your time and fit things well there sanding shouldn’t be to bad.

Well lets see how we did. Below is a picture of a larger panel that was for the Island, but it was made the same way as our door panels were. The computer drawing is full size, the second line on that drawing is the outside radius of our panel.

TA DA!!! Here’s how it came out.

Running the profile on the panels is next,,,,don’t miss it!

Thanks for hanging with me. We’re getting close to a dry fit.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#1 posted 08-30-2008 05:15 AM

Very nice Les

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#2 posted 08-30-2008 05:34 AM

Keep it coming Les – getting to be part of my regular diet

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#3 posted 08-30-2008 06:32 AM

Truly amazing craftsmanship. I can’t wait to see more. Thanks for sharing Les.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 08-30-2008 01:17 PM

Thanks Les. Can’t wait to see how you do the profile. And thanks for the e-mail on my last question. I really appreciate the information you are giving us.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 08-30-2008 02:07 PM

Les, I was just going back and reviewing your blog on the rails and I missed something. I can’t figure out how you actually ran the profile on the rails. Will a curved jig on the router table work to make the profile?

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#6 posted 08-30-2008 02:21 PM

Jerry, You can run the profile on the rails on a router table. Just make fence with the outside radius of the rails and make it tall enough so its taller than the profile is by at least an inch or so. I just use a flat fence and free hand the profile on mine. Since it is curved you can never cut in to far. If the profile is to large to run free hand safely then I would make a fence as well. Hope this helps!

Thanks Guy’s

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#7 posted 08-30-2008 04:02 PM

Thanks for the post. I just checked out your other projects and you do amazing work. Truly a master craftsman.

-- Kirk H. --

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#8 posted 08-30-2008 07:09 PM


-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#9 posted 08-31-2008 03:59 AM

Excellent post. Love the bessey clamps. You could never have to many clamps.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 08-31-2008 04:36 AM

Great posting Les

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#11 posted 08-31-2008 04:40 AM

Awesome, I appreciate the details you’ve got in the pictures, ‘cause I’m going to want to try this sometime soon.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#12 posted 05-06-2009 03:48 AM

Thats great want to sell a dvd how you did it I’ll be 1st? in line.


-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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