I built a closet upstairs in my bungalow home. It's on one side with a
four foot knee wall and the rest of the wall angles towards center, as
most bungalows do. Therefore, I built the closets with a door height of
5 feet, long enough for three sections with intentions of installing
bi-fold doors. One section is a 5 foot wide opening(two 2.5 ft
bi-folds), the next is four foot(two 2 foot bi-folds) and the last is
three(two 1.5 foot bi-folds). Ideally, I would like the doors to be
raised panel, but these are not standard size and thus, must be made. I
would like to attempt that, unfortunately, I don't own a raised panel
router bit set and not ready to fork over the type of money required for
Is there another method to making raised panel doors? Is it as good as
doing with a router bit set? Any other options anyone can offer other
than pay someone to make them? BTW, the option to pay someone is a
consideration but I don't know what a reasonable cost would be, other
than the cost of the wood, but uncertain of labor cost. Help on that is
If you can't afford $25-$35 for a raised panel bit you sure wouldn't want to
hire it done.
For that matter, you don't need a special bit to raise a panel...you can do
so with a straight or mortising bit, the wider the better. Of course, that
gives you a right angle which - IMO - is not unattractive; moreover, that
right angle can be modified with a core, cove, "V" or round over bit. If
you want a slope on the horizontal portion, rout out less and use a hand
plane or make a simple jig for a router so that the work van be tilted
slightly. You can also raise a panel on a saw.
But perhaps you were thinking of cope and stick bits for the frame? They
are a bit pricier but not all that much. And if simple is OK, it is easy to
do them on a saw or (router table with simple straight bits) making T&G. If
you don't like the square look, the edges can be shaped with a router bit,
stopping before the corners...that used to be very common. It also used to
be fairly common to continue the profile into the corners by hand.
Obviously I haven't viewed other sites. The sets I saw were minimum of
$150 for three bit set consisting of the raised bit, stile and rail
bits, as you mentioned. I was also viewing Freuds, Whiteside and other
more popular sets since I am under the impression those are the best
brands and if I spend money, I like things to last.
I'll have to view more or consider the link you provided as I'm now
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