Raised panel doors (Under flush)

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Blog entry by andyboy posted 10-26-2011 05:18 AM 1644 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just pushing a method I have practiced and throwing it out there to see what your feed back is.
This is what I do and why in regard to most panel doors I manufacture.
To me the doors on a side board, or any cabinet with doors around 600mm x 450mm do not need to be heavy. I try to keep the weight down in the styles and in the panels. My panels sit just under flush with the styles and are 14mm thick. The styles are normally 20mm thick. That way I can sand the panel before assembling the door and sand the frame easily once assembled with out messing up the panel.
What are your thoughts?

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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#1 posted 10-26-2011 05:33 AM

Sanding the frame without contacting the panel is not a problem for me. But I can see where it may be if your sanding with a 6 inch ros. How much knife are you running on your panels ?

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#2 posted 10-26-2011 09:44 PM

Sometimes about 25mm with 6mm in the groove. I make my groove depth 7mm. The step in the panel moulding about 1.5mm-2mm

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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#3 posted 10-27-2011 12:06 AM

I haven’t built raised panel doors on a regular basis for some time now but back when I built them on a regular basis I did the same thing. I use to make my rails and style from 13/16 stock (approx 21mm I think) rather than 3/4” (19mm) because with a European cup hinge I was limited to the depth of cut I could do on the edge profile with some shaper cutters like a classical or ogee profile. I also preferred the look of mitered corners for rails and styles and assembled them with biscuits but sometimes when mass producing doors for an entire kitchen, sometimes the alignment would be slightly off on a door or two requiring a little extra sanding with a portable belt sander and having the panel just under flush protected it from the sander. Not to mention, when I see doors that have the panel standing proud of the rails and styles, It just doesn’t look right to me.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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