how to make raised panel doors on a table saw

Want to make raised panel doors for your next cabinet project? There is a simple and quick way to create attractive raised panels just by using a table saw.

In this article, we will discuss how to make a raised panel door using a table saw with a regular combination blade. If you want to build a standard rectangle raised panel, all you need is traditional saw blades.

Moreover, you don’t need a large table saw; making raised panel doors is relatively easy on an average table saw. There are a few other things you are going to need to create one.

There is a lot of different ways of making raised panel doors. However, the most classic approach is to use solid wood raised panels to fill the wood frame. You know the basic approach.

There is a raised center area that is filled with wood that is surrounded by four shallow shoulders. After that, there are broad bevel surfaces on every side. The bevels and shoulders give the panel an attractive look by giving it shadow lines.

How To Make Raised Panel Cabinet Doors?

Panel raising with a table saw is a simple process that doesn’t require professional woodworking skills. Follow the steps below as I demonstrate the technique on how to build raised panel cabinet doors. 

A solid wood panel adds strength and substance. As long as woodworkers have been building cabinets, this has been a ubiquitous cabinet door style for a long time. It’s not that hard to see why this style has been an enduring favorite even today.

Step 1

For making raised panel cabinet doors, you need a sled for making raised panel cabinet doors. This particular sled has to be made of birch plywood with 20″ x 13″ x 6″. It should have a cleat that can hold a toggle clamp at 2-1/4 inches wide.

The toggle can be fixed 3 inches above the bottom part of your jig. You can also have two cleats set in your sled for ease of use. So, if your saw is left-tilted, then you can leave the rip fence in its natural position.

However, if it is right tilted, you have to shift the rip fence on your blade’s left side. Next, mark your panel, which is 3/16 inches from the back, assuming that there is ¼ inches groove in the stiles and rails.

Step 2

Now keeping the panel within the sled and it against the fence, position your rip fence so that the blade cuts outside of the line. Using a rip blade, raise it as high as it can go. Then set the angle of the blade at 12 degrees.

Before you cut the actual panel, it is advised that you perform some test cuts. Cut an end grain at first; since you are slicing a lot of wood, you need to observe the saw and feed it at a rate that will enable your saw to cut.

The cleat on your sled will stop the panel from sliding out while it is being cut, and the toggle clamp on it will provide the holding power you were unable to do with your hands.

Step 3

Now rotate your panel at 90 degrees and perform an extended grain cut. Keep doing this step on the rest of the edges. Next, check the fit, and here the edge of your panel should be able to slip inside the groove within the stiles and rails about 1/8 inches.

In the last step, all you need to do is sand the panel off all the saw marks, and now you have a beautiful and sturdy raised panel. If you want a different look, you can experiment with different angles.

However, if the angle is below 12 degrees, then your blade will not be able to completely cut through even if it is set at the highest rating.

Conclusion

So, by now, you know how to make a raised panel door. The steps are pretty easy to follow, and the process quicker if you have all the materials you need. A DIY raised panel door will be just as efficient as one made by a professional.

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