|Forum topic by Vrtigo1||posted 08-11-2010 09:47 PM||8288 views||1 time favorited||9 replies|
08-11-2010 09:47 PM
I’m in the process of making my first cabinet doors for a project I’m working. I want to make raised panel doors. I have a 3 bit door set (rail, stile and raised panel), but am a little confused as to how to set them up.
For the rail and stile bits, how do I determine the proper height? I assume there’s probably a standard rule to go by, but haven’t been able to find it in my searching. I see that some bit manufacturers such as MLCS sell setup blocks which I assume are designed to simplify this process. I have a no-name bit set that doesn’t have setup blocks or any instructions. Do I just need to make a bunch of test cuts until I get something that looks right?
Also, for the panel raising bit, how do I determine how to set its’ height? I have a general idea of how the process works from watching some videos, but am still trying to get my head wrapped around the whole process. As I understand it, the stile bit makes a groove all the way around the inside of the door frame that the panel sits in, and I may have to rabbet the back edge of the panel to get it to fit in that slot. The only thing I’m unsure of is how to determine how to properly determine the height of the panel raiser.
The face frame is done from 3/4 red oak, and the doors will be the same. I assume for the panel blank, I should just edge glue boards to get the size I need. I realized that everything I’ve seen on NYW usually used MDF for the panels, so I just want to confirm that this is correct.