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Forum topic by Kwash posted 06-10-2010 04:54 PM 912 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-10-2010 04:54 PM

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Greetings. I’m working on my first panel sides and have a question about the best way to make them… actually I have a questions about how I SHOULD HAVE made them : )

I’m making a white oak media cabinet of 1” (5/4) and 3/4” (4/4) material. For the sides of the piece I am using panel construction and milled my rails and styles flat and straight. I glued up panels of the appropriate width. My issue seems to be cutting the receiving slots into the legs to receive the floating panel. I simply used a standard 3/4” router bit in the router table to cut the slots. During assembly I had to really fiddle with the panel fitting well and had to shim it in a few places… Finally the ‘floating’ panels are in place, but doesn’t seem as smooth and snug as it could be.

Question: should I be using a panel bit set for this type of procedure? I’m looking for a straight mission-style panel – don’t want the ogee edge or anything.

Any advice on making panels with or without specialized router bit sets appreciate. Thanks!

-- Kris, MA,

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#1 posted 06-10-2010 05:22 PM

If the legs are 1” thick and you are cutting a groove for a 3/4” thick panel that doesn’t leave much on either side to hold the panel, only 1/8” front and back.

If you make the panels 3/4” and cut a groove 3/4” then the panels need to be very consistent in thickness. I would have suggested a grove of 1/2” wide, centered in the stile, then rabbet the back of the panel to fit the groove. The panel would end up 1/4” inset from the front and flush on the back of the stiles.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#2 posted 06-10-2010 05:26 PM

Thank you very much Michael. I should have specified (sorry) that the legs are 1 5/8” thick. I understand what you’re saying and think that’s a good way to go next round. Much appreciated.

-- Kris, MA,

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#3 posted 06-10-2010 06:42 PM

panel constrution is very easy to make on the table saw.

-- Custom furniture

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