From contributor C:
Read your history on the Shakers. If you are going to use their name,
you owe it to them, yourself and your customer. Along with lots of
great information, you will find that the Shakers preferred the clean
look of a flat panel as opposed to a raised panel. The raise was
considered an undesirable design element.
Being pragmatic but balancing that with design, they did not want to
spend a bunch of time hand planing 1" material to 3/8" or so. Their
solution was to turn the raise to the inside/backside. This also
helped keep the (air-dried) panel in balance. To be fair, fielding a
panel and turning the field (raised) to the back was common for
centuries before the Shakers, but they get the credit in this part of
the world. The resulting flat panels could show fancy grains, be
veneered, carved or ornamented better than a raised panel. You may
also read that a Shaker woman invented the circular saw blade ("teeth
on a wheel"). This was also done about the same time in England.
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