I need to make about 6 raised panel doors for a set of cabinets my wife
made. I am just a hobbyist but I have a few choices.
1. Order them to my specs from an outside company.
2. Use a router. I think I need a faster router though, mine is 1/4"
and fairly slow (craftsman special), as well as a router table.
3. Purchase a shaper. I think this would be safest, but expensive and
I wouldn't use it much.
4. Make them by hand. Takes longer and would not be very oranate ( I
was thinking of raised arch design).
Not with an arch though.
To elaborate, to make a concave edge to the panel on a TS you clamp a
straight edge at an angle to and passing over the blade and then make
a series of passes starting with the blade below the table. By moving
the straight edge forward/back and changing the angle you can get
different profiles. You don't want to do this with your best blade as
it will wear the blade on one side.
If these 6 are going to be the first and last batch you make, go with
number 1. You can't do arches on a TS. If you really want to build
them yourself, you could probably do it with a coping saw, and some
combo of planes and chisels plus scrapers and sandpaper. If you want to
spend some money, the price difference between a good router/router
table and a shaper is probably a push.
truth is stranger than beauty,
Thanks for the help. I think I'll abandon the arches.
I found a website that talks about doing them by hand (
http://www.shavings.net/RAISED_PANELS.HTM ), but I thought the cross
grain might be a problem. Any suggestion for taking on the crossgrain,
other than really sharp tools :-)?
I've seen one built from scrap, clamps, and a couple of sawhorses. Add
in a HF router and voila. If that will suffice for your project, go for
Otherwise, Grizzly has a small shaper for $100 and a more usable 3/4
horse for $265. YMMV.
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