Curved Doors; Raised panel & Six light glass #7: Shaping the raised panels/doweling the styles and rails

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Blog entry by Les Hastings posted 09-05-2008 03:53 AM 15148 reads 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The panels are now ready to run the profile so lets get started.

First we need to make a tray that has the same radius as the outside of the panel. This will help in supporting the panel fully while running the ends of the panel. I use a piece of 3/4 mdf long enough to support at least half of the panels length. Radius pieces are made from 3/4 mdf and screwed to tey base. The base will then be clamped to the shaper table. Another piece of mdf or plywood, 1/2” thick in ths case is attached to the shaper fence creating a full fence smooth fence to run the panel against shown in the picture below.


The panel cutter is set to the level of the 3/4 tray base. The tray needs to centered on the cutter head. After everything is set up just right the panel should be able to slide freely through the tray. I some times use drawer lube on the ribs of the tray so it slides a little easier. Now the ends of the panel can be run. A word of caution here,,,,,,,Hold the panel securely! Maybe even take small pass’s at a time rasing the cutter a little on each pass until you reach the last pass.



On these panels we need to run a cove on the inside of the panel edges. I do this on a router table. You’ll need a fence that is cut to the inside radius this time of the panel to run the ends. I just used a piece of 1” mdf for the fence in this case. See below.


No magic on the side edges in this process. Just set up a straight fence and run the sides. Sorry didn’t get any pictures of this set up. That’s it for the panels except for more sanding. Now the they can be finish sanded and they are ready for the doors.

Doweling the the styles and rails.

I use an old Newton two head horizontal drill for doweling the styles and the rails. Once again a tray or block is needed that is cut to the same radius as the outside radius of the door. I use double stick tape to hold the block in palce on the bed of the doweler. The angle that is cut on the end of the styles and the rails needs to be held at 90 degrees to the table of the machine. Then its just drilling holes and your done.




You can drill the holes with a hand dowel jig an old Stanley will work here. It takes a little doing but it is possible.

Time to dry fit and check everything out and see how we did.


Next up,,,,,,,,,gluing the door together.

Thanks for hanging out with me. And I hope this makes you want to try this out sometime yourself.

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

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#1 posted 09-05-2008 04:11 AM

Truly spectacular work Les. Thanks for the tutorial and update.

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

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#2 posted 09-05-2008 04:18 AM

Great job!! It looks like your having fun.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#3 posted 09-05-2008 06:29 AM

Very nice, thanks for sharing

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#4 posted 09-05-2008 10:31 AM

Les, this is by far the best walk thru/lesson on how to do something like this I have ever seen, thanks sooooo much for sharing this with us. I’ve been absolutely fascinated by the entire process, and learning something new every step of the way. Thanks Again.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#5 posted 09-05-2008 12:42 PM

Thanks guy’s,,,I’ve had fun doing it.

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

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#6 posted 09-05-2008 07:43 PM

very beautiful work. very well explain with very good photograph thank you for the division

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#7 posted 09-05-2008 10:41 PM

Thanks Les. I am getting close to this point in the cabinets I am doing now. Will post some pics of where we are on our project. Thanks again for this blog. It has been very helpful.

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

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#8 posted 09-06-2008 03:58 AM

Good job Les , It looks like you have a great shop . Do you have photos of your shop posted any were.
Thanks Jim

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#9 posted 09-07-2008 04:23 AM

Les, Your tutorial has been incredibly informative. I’ve always wanted to make curved doors. I knew they wouldn’t be easy, but now that I know what it takes, I can easily admit that they are WAY BEYOND my meager abilities. I don’t expect to live much past 100, so I don’t think I have enough time left to accomplish something this complicated. I’ve appreciated the vicarious experience. Keep up your blogs since I do learn from your expertise and can use it to improve my woodworking skills.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#10 posted 10-24-2008 01:40 AM

Yes, I do want to try this out some time and your tutorial is just the type of woodworking information I crave.

I’m quite inspired by your work and will be watching for more from your shop in the future.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.

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