Cove cuts for raised panels

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Forum topic by Wally331 posted 01-21-2013 11:05 AM 1625 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-21-2013 11:05 AM

Topic tags/keywords: raised panel cabinet shaper router moulding sash jig tablesaw shaping joining

Hi LJ’s! I was looking at way to create raised panels cheaply as I can’t dish out a hundred or so dollars for a set of router/shaper bits. My question is, has anyone ever used the table saw set up to cut a cove, to cut the profile around the edge of a raised panel?

I think this could be a great solution for raised panels, and the frame shouldn’t be too hard, a couple of rabbets and ogee profile and I should be set. Whats your opinion on this idea?

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#1 posted 01-21-2013 03:07 PM

Here is a step by step for cutting cove raised panels on a table saw:

That also has instructions for making the frame for the doors, but near the end it gets into the raising of the panels.

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#2 posted 01-21-2013 03:16 PM

You can read my thread about my issues and how I solved them here:

Essentially, I took a straight bit to cut the “shoulder” and then used a cove bit to “raise the panel. Worked out very nicely I think.

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#3 posted 01-21-2013 03:25 PM

You can also cut a straight raised panel with hand planes. So people who don’t have any power tools yet have a way to do it to. Of course many craftspeople choose to do it this way anyways.

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#4 posted 01-22-2013 01:07 AM

Wow thanks guys! Didn’t know this was already an idea, I should’ve done some searching first. Thanks for the videos, I can’t wait to watch.

@helluvawreck – Thanks, I’ve seen I think Paul Sellers cut the straight raised panels by hand also, It works out pretty well with a bit of practice. Im sure that you could easily make a cove-cut raised panel by hand with a hollow moulding plane, but I don’t have any yet ;)

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#5 posted 01-22-2013 01:46 AM

You can also use a “Safe T Planer” on either a radial drill press or a RAS. By tilting the tool head a few degrees you get a cove type cut. You vary the profile by the amount of tile. I did this many years ago to build my roll top desk, using a radial drill press. It does call for a lot of sanding.

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#6 posted 02-02-2013 08:16 PM
woodline has great bits for the money
this is a whole set for $89
vertical bit for $43
3 1/4 for 62.

really the set is the best bang for the buck

I have a set of their moulding cutters and they have held up great

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#7 posted 02-02-2013 08:23 PM

Well, all you need is a raised panel bit… not a whole

The issue with doing them on the table saw is
you’ll have to do a lot of sanding to get rid of
the machine marks.

There are moulding heads for table saws. They
aren’t expensive and not a lot of people like to
use them anymore, but they work and you can
do some very creative things with them.


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