Raised panel toybox

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Project by ScoFF posted 09-24-2008 02:36 AM 1824 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

June 27, 2008 Here is the front and back so far. I’ve never done raised panels before so this is the first time I’ve used the panel bit set with my router. It turned out really good.
I used maple for the rails and stiles, ash for the panels.
I used a dark mahogany poly gel stain on the panels and wiped on several coats of poly clear coat on the final project.

-- ...I will not be limited.

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#1 posted 09-24-2008 02:43 AM

Nice work. I learned long ago to make raised panel on the tablesaw, but have never done them with a router. A neighbor wants me to match some that someone else built for her. Yeah right!

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#2 posted 09-24-2008 04:07 AM

Nice work, what type of wood and finish did you use?

-- Bob A in NJ

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#3 posted 09-24-2008 04:58 AM

Looks great! What type of stain did you use on the panels?

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 09-24-2008 05:18 AM

The router was my preferred method of making RP’s. I have graduated to the shaper, takes less passes. I am typically doing 4 to 8 on up to 42 for a kitchen project. The added speed is worth the extra cost. Also a shaper allows for a larger bit (up to 4”) rather than the 2 or 2 1/2” on a router. On the other hand, the shaper has one knotch in its cabinet so to speak, it go the tip of my left middle finger. Did a stupid mistake, went to remove the completed panel from the shaper and pickup the next one at the same time. As I teach the kids in class, “a momentary lapse of judgment, can suffer a consequence that can last a lifetime” Fortunately for me, it was just a tip.

I have 2 router tables dedicated for stiles and rails in addition to the shaper for the RP. Kind of an expensive setup, but worth it in setup time. At school we have a machine called a “Panelmaster” I will do a tool review sometime. It is a shaper that turns all 3 bits at the same time. You can’t use all 3 bits at the same time, but when floor space is a premium, this only takes up the space of Norm’s router table for a footprint.

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#5 posted 09-24-2008 03:23 PM

I feel your pain in a way Tooldad, as I recently had one of those moments of lapse, but mine was much more serious. Thus my signature below. Good luck.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#6 posted 09-24-2008 06:44 PM

Those panels look great. I like the color contrast.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 09-25-2008 04:18 AM

That toybox looks great. I like your choice of wood.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#8 posted 09-25-2008 04:54 PM

Man-thats way to fancy for a toy box.
Great work !!

Thanks for posting

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