Cutting raised panels on the table saw

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Project by geekwoodworker posted 12-12-2014 11:41 PM 4412 views 35 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am working on a project that needs some raised panels but I don’t have a panel bit for my router nor can I get one this big. The coves on these panels are 3” wide. Got this idea from Izzy swan on youtube. It just fits over the fence on the the table saw. The adjustment uses a T slot with homemade hinge. Just set the angle you want for how big a cove you want. The larger the angle the smaller the cove. I used the 10” blade but you could also use an 8” dado blade.


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#1 posted 12-13-2014 12:21 AM

Great looking jig Sean, it certainly does the job. The panels look awesome.

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#2 posted 12-13-2014 12:21 AM

I use my table saw for straight raised panel doors and had wondered how I could make a cove. This is getting favored for sure. Thanks for sharing.

-- --Zach

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#3 posted 12-13-2014 12:26 AM

Nice! Do you need to sneak up on the finished piece? And do you use a rip blade for that?


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#4 posted 12-13-2014 03:41 AM

Now that is pretty slick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....................Jim

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#5 posted 12-13-2014 04:11 AM

pretty cool!

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#6 posted 12-13-2014 01:30 PM

I too, built a similar jig after seeing what Izzy Swan did.
Instead of using a regular saw blade, which can flex producing some ripples, I use an 8” dado stack which gives smoother results.
I have used it to make some nice picture frame moldings.

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#7 posted 12-13-2014 01:31 PM

I have seen raised panels done similar to this, but, I never seen a jig that was angled like yours. It looks like it creates a very nice raised panel. Gr8 stuff Sean.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 12-13-2014 02:35 PM

Thanks everyone.

Yes I do need to sneek up on the cove. I lower the blade until it just touches the edge and then pass the panel through. I then raise the blade by 1/4 to 1/2 a turn. It takes a long time but works. Once I have the correct height I then can move the fence closer by .5mm at a time if needed for correct thickness to fit stiles and rails. Taking too much off with this blade can cause the panel to follow the blade causing it to cut to deep and straight.

The quicker way (probably safer) would be to use the 8” dado as stated by Don. Of course you won’t be able to get a 3” cove with this method. You can make the cut in one pass this way and the blade won’t flex. If I were cutting hard wood I would have used the dado.

I used a freud 50 T combination blade to do this.

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#9 posted 12-13-2014 03:03 PM

The raised panel looks great, nice work. Have you seen the “raised panel on the table saw while the board lies flat on the saw”. It is usually demonstrated as a cove cutting method, but by running the edge of the board across the blade, you obtain a nice raised panel. Google ” table saw cove cuts” and there are plenty of web pages & videos available. I believe this to be a little safer, and possibly more accurate as the board can’t tip.

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#10 posted 12-13-2014 03:16 PM

Great jig – thanks for posting.

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#11 posted 12-13-2014 05:02 PM

Good Idea ,well done.

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#12 posted 12-13-2014 10:09 PM

All my fingers retracted to the first knuckle when I saw this. I would add featherboards high and low, then have my brother-in-law push the stock through. Just speaking as a member of the Order of The Crimson Blade, no offense meant.

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#13 posted 12-13-2014 11:31 PM

Thanks guys. I tried some cuts with the panel face down and it worked but not as well as I had hoped and the cuts were very rough. I need to do some more experimenting to get it dialed in. I will definately use the face down method with this jig when I want to make cove molding. I am gonna make a guard for the blade and a push block that attaches to the jig and holds the panel soon. I did use feather boards and a wooden block when making the cuts. Using an 8” dado will work better and to ensure safety I will add a guard over the blade when making the cuts. I am gonna use the dado blade when making the raised panel doors for my project.

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#14 posted 12-14-2014 01:04 AM

Well thought out jig

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#15 posted 12-15-2014 04:29 AM

A great jig. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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