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Bill

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2747 days ago

I am interested to know how others create their raised panels.

Do you use a router, shaper or a table saw?

If you use a router, do you use a vertical or horizontal panel bit?

If you use a horizontal router bit, does it have a backcutter or not?

My first attempt at panels was to create this Entry Bench. I used a table saw and built a jig to hold the panels as I cut them. I then used a router to create the backcut for the panels.

I am considering purchasing the panel raising router bits for my next panel project which is yet undetermined. I see the advantages of using the router bits as giving me more flexibility with shapes and designs. The downside is the bits are expensive.

Any thoughts?

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com


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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 2747 days ago

I’m a shaper user, but in the old days I used a table saw and ran the panel at an angle similar to Marks crown moulding method. Do not try this on an arched panel!

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oscorner

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#2 posted 2747 days ago

I haven’t tackled raised panels, yet but was planning on using the tablesaw with a jig as seen in several magazines when I did. As you noted,the bits are expensive. In your entry bench project, your raised panels are great, why mess with perfection?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Bill

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#3 posted 2746 days ago

Thanks! I liked how the panels came out for this project.

I am just exploring other ways of doing things to improve my results and gain consistency. Not to mention, I would like to find an easier way to do things if they are out there.

The router/shaper with a backcutter would make it a one step process. There are also some interesting profiles available with the various router bits. At the same time, the costs are much greater than creating a jig for the table saw. As Dennis mentioned, this would not work if you wanted to create arched panels.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Karson

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#4 posted 2746 days ago

I use Router table and usually router bits without the backcutter. I bought a separate back cutter bit. This was because I’ve got some 5mm slots router bits (Yes Don, metric) it was because I was using some resawn wood that was a little shy of 1/4” which is what most raised panel bits use.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Obi

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#5 posted 2746 days ago

Router with a back cutter from CMT

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Bill

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#6 posted 2745 days ago

Well we seem to be hitting each area equally – router, shaper, and table saw. Interesting how there is not just one method of creating panels.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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jockmike2

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#7 posted 2744 days ago

I use a router also without the back cutter. it came out fine, I just rabbited the back side of the panel when you’re done with the front. It’s easier and less expensive and I think gives you more options, dont forget your spaceballs.. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Obi

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#8 posted 2744 days ago

I also use a stile/rail router bit set because I love the fancy little moulding and it gives your panel a nice place to sit. Spaceballs?

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 2743 days ago

I have a combination style/rail router bit, & I’ve been using a Ogee vertical raised panel bit. I’ve been buying my bits from MLCS, Their prices are reasonable, & I’ve had good service out of these bits, & they also have free shipping which holds down the price.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Philip Edwards

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#10 posted 2743 days ago

Bill
I have used router bits to raise panels. Noisy and always feels a bit dangerous. I have also roughed out panels on the table saw – a high fence and featherboards is necessary on that one.
My last few panels I made using a rebate plane. It was quiet, peaceful and surprisingly quick work. I now aim to a make a panelraising plane (maybe my next project)
Hope this helps
Phil

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Bill

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#11 posted 2743 days ago

Mike, I used the table saw and spaceballs on my entry bench. I also backcut the panels on my router table. This seem to work just fine.

I like the idea of a complete router bit set. I like the idea of a backcut on the panels to allow them to expand without cracking the frame. While the one step approach appeals to me (efficiency), doing each part separately does have its benefits as well.

Thanks for the tip on bits Dick. I have a catalog from MLCS, and have been drooling over the bits.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 2743 days ago

The vertical raised panel bits are a smaller diameter than the horizontal, so I think they are safer. However they can’t be used on arched panels. The one I’ve been using is the Ogee pattern.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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jockmike2

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#13 posted 2743 days ago

Ogees my favorite and you better tell Obi what a spaceball is Bill or he’ll go crazy on us, I’ve seen it happen, it is’nt pretty. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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dennis mitchell

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#14 posted 2743 days ago

Don’t tell him it can be fun to watch if you are far enough away!

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Obi

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#15 posted 2743 days ago

Too late …. Crazy already set in. And I’ve seen them little rubber spacer things.

And the drooling gets to be a little annoying… for those around me.

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