Hope Chest for Daughter #2 #15: First raised panels (ever)

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Blog entry by Mainiac Matt posted 01-10-2017 01:35 AM 1116 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 14: A little metal working Part 15 of Hope Chest for Daughter #2 series Part 16: Finished raising the rest of the panels »

Well this was a little nerve racking, but it seems to have turned out OK. After cutting a couple test pieces and adjusting the set up, I produced my first ever raised panel. I cut these in one pass and got just a little burn on one of the long edges…

Here’s the router table set up…

I used 1/4” scrap Masonite for a zero clearance sacrificial fence…

The panel had already been sanded and the thickness was no longer perfectly uniform, and I think that’s why I got this wiggle…

And of course, I had another crack open up on the end grain. This one’s going to get stabilized with CA glue…

All went well accept for the shop vac dust collection on the router table….

One down, five more to go. Thanks for looking in.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#1 posted 01-10-2017 02:33 AM

Looks great. Love the way it is coming out.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#2 posted 01-10-2017 05:50 AM

Go get’em Matt !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#3 posted 01-10-2017 12:55 PM

A big thumbs up, you’re my kind of woodworker. No matter what the quality of that first raised panel, you’ve already made the big leap to just try and and see what happens. I think a lot of guys would look at that and just take another path, but there is a lot to be said for just going for it.

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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Mainiac Matt

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#4 posted 01-10-2017 01:31 PM

Thanks for the encouraging words guys.

I wish I could say I dove right in without any fear, but truth be told, I’ve been hemming and hawing about this for several months. But now that I’ve cut one, with fairly good results, I wish I hadn’t delayed so much.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#5 posted 01-10-2017 05:27 PM

Well done! Good luck with the rest of the project!

-- makeBrooklyn - Jim, Brooklyn, NY #handtools

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#6 posted 01-17-2017 01:01 PM

Carry on. Looking very good

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

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