What options do I have for the joinery on raised panel door frames?
I'm building an armoire with raised panel doors approx. 30"x14" with the
door frame 2 1/4" wide (3/4 material). While I've done M&T before on table
legs, they were much wider than 3/4" and using a router was, well, not easy,
but easier than on this narrow of a material. I spent most of Saturday
trying the neander route practicing on scrap with a chisel, but the mortises
were inconsistent, narrow in spots, wide in others. By the time I got the
tenons whittled down to fit it, they looked like toothpicks. So yesterday I
built a jig to route mortises only to find the template on my router that my
jig relies on prevents the router bit from extending very far, and they
ended up being off center anyway, ...argh.
I don't have a drill press or a mortising machine (obviously), and from what
I've read the coped router bits for door frames require a real router table
(not my cheapee sheet of plywood with a hole in it) and hold-down plate and
clamp so you can route the end grain smoothly.
At this point I just want to get the doors finished, but I want them to hold
up. Can I use a biscuit joiner for the frame joinery? Like everything else
on the Internet whenever I do a search for something I find half the people
say "yes, you can", and the other half say "no way".
Any recommendations for the joinery ideas welcomed.