I'm planning to create MDF panel doors for my kitchen cabinets.
But I would like them to have a "raised panel" look, only I can't figure out
how to make the jig for my router, for doors that are not allways the same
Can someone here give me a hint.
Why not build real raised panel doors in MDF? I did this for my shop and
they look better than what is currently in my own kitchen. You can take a
look at the link below, and follow a link on the first page to "NEW SHOP".
I consider making the routed fake panel doors, but decided by the time I
built a jig I could build the real thing.
Regarding finish, I just primed them and painted them with gloss latex,
using brush and roller. NOT what I would do in a kitchen however, so I
offer no advice on that.
Several years ago ( my first big project ) I made a set for a friend and they
still look good. I used an edge guide and three different bits. One of the bits
was a 45* , another was an eighth or quarter inch plunge straight bit and the
third was a ........ . , I forget, maybe a 60* bit.
As I did not have a plunge router at the time, the only trick was to start the
groove while holding the router steady.
I did not have a spray set up at the time so I made a dip tray and diluted the
paint and hung them to dry like clothes on a line. One coat of primer and two of
paint plus some practice and they looked as good as store bought. Good luck, JG
The table saw will "raise" panels quite well with
a simple "saddle jig" that rides on your saw fence...
Here is how to do it on a router table:
and on a table saw:
I can't find a picture of a saddle jig to save my ass....
Your going to have to be very precise every time you change a bit to
make the cuts line up right.
If its for you kitchen, you may want to consider a raised panel bit.
I just finished 16 raised panels for some basement cabinets using MDF
and they came out great.
I read in FWW that you should smear some drywall compound on all
exposed/cut edges before you paint to get a nice smooth finish.
Haven't done that yet, SWMBO is the painter in our family, but I'll
post how it turns out.
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