Curved Doors; Raised panel & Six light glass #9: Inside curved panels

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Blog entry by Les Hastings posted 11-28-2008 01:58 AM 8104 reads 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just got through doing a project that hand some curved raised panels, but instead of being outy’s these were iny’s. I go through the same process to make the panels the only difference is the way the profile on the edge is run. I purchased a horizontal router table from Woodhaven to help get these made and a vertical raised panel router bit that matched the all the flat panels on the project.

Like I said the process is really close to the same, its just the way location of the cutter that is different. I thought some of you might like to see the difference so here is a few pictures.





Here is the panels installed, its a ceiling in a bonnett over a vanity.


Thanks for having a look!

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

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#1 posted 11-28-2008 03:31 AM

Nice! I’d like to say more, but I just can’t say anything else but “nice!” ;)

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#2 posted 11-28-2008 07:35 AM

I looked at your divided-light post first and wondered how you achieved the concave raised panels, so I was happy to see that you explained it. The idea of placing the curved panel between the table and the router bit scares me a little. We rigged up a horizontal table to use a vertical raised panel bit (pretty miserable compared to your Woodhaven—can you hear a little envy here?) but we’ve always run the wood over the bit, not under. Do you have any problem with kick-back? Or is it just my imagination that it could be pretty tricky?

By the way, that’s going to be some lovely cabinetry!

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#3 posted 11-28-2008 01:42 PM

Hey Les,

The new router table looks like it makes that process a lot easier. Humm..I wonder if you could redue the table some how to do the outy’s on there too? A narrow table with your curved supports maybe? Can you change the table size on it? Hey, your making me think about these things now with all these great blogs, what can I say…lol.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#4 posted 11-28-2008 07:04 PM

Jim your right I could do the outy’s on here as well. I just bought this recently to make it eaiser to the iny’s. It worked out really well, made it much eaiser to do.

Lightweight, I ran the panels in about four passes, didn’t try and run them in one, so they went really easy.

Thanks guy’s

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

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#5 posted 11-28-2008 07:35 PM

very impressive work.
thanks for sharing!

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#6 posted 11-29-2008 02:04 PM

I’ve always wondered how that was done. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 11-29-2008 02:42 PM

Those panels look great Les. I guess if you asked 10 woodworkers how they’d go about making these you’d get 10 different answers. I’d tend to make up some type mdf jigs for my shaper to stand these panels on edge and run them. That way i could grind the profile out of some 22 dollar Amana blanks, saving the cost of expensive router bits, and don’t have another limited use machine taking up space.

My theory is just about anything you do with a router table is much easier done on a shaper. But thats just me.

Your approach obviously works good for you because this project looks great!

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#8 posted 11-29-2008 03:52 PM

miles, Your right it could have been done on the shaper and i could have ground a knie to do it with. But I look at it this way: by the time I ground a knife and set up a shaper and made the jigs to do it with I could buy the router table and the bit (56.00) for less money than I spent on labor to do it on the shaper. And beside I’m a tool junky, this way I can do any job that comes along. Sometime I’ll post the router table I built to do a job with. I can do more with a router than I can do with a shaper any day of the week.

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

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#9 posted 12-12-2011 03:58 AM

Thank Les. This blog is quite informative, and inspiring as well

Great job. Thanks again for posting

-- Back home. Fernando

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#10 posted 01-07-2013 07:04 PM

I know this an old blog, but I just wanted say thanks for taking the time to create this concise guide to making curved doors and panels. This will be invaluable to me in an upcoming project.
Your finished job looks fantastic.

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