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Let's make the molding

Let's make the molding

For safety reasons, mill the moldings (parts E and F) from a blank of stock, then rip off the molded edge. When the blank gets too small to handle comfortably (about 2" wide), continue with a fresh blank, or use a feather board to hold the blank against the rip fence.

1 Set up your router table as shown in the Machining the Molding drawings at right, and mill one edge of your 3/4" blank. With your tablesaw, rip the molded edge, cove side down, to 5/16" (as shown in the photo below). Use a zero-clearance insert and splitter on your tablesaw to keep the thinly cut molding in close contact with the outfeed end of the fence. Repeat this step until you have enough molding for your doors.

2 Set up your router table as shown in the bottom Machining the Molding drawings above. Make the zero-clearance fence by attaching a piece of stock to your table's fence. With the router running, slowly move the fence into place, just cutting into the wooden fence. Rout the rabbet in parts E and F. To keep the molding firmly against the fence, clamp a feather board or guide block as shown in the photo below.


A tall, narrow pushstick keeps your fingers far away from the blade when ripping thin molding from the blank.


3 Subtract 1/4" from the length of part D. Miter-cut parts E using this length for the "short" dimension. Again, if you?re making several panels of the same size, use a stop block to make consistent cuts. Repeat for parts F, subtracting 1/4" from the width of part D.

4 Glue and clamp parts E and F to part C, covering the edges of part D. We used two spring clamps on each piece of molding, keeping the mitered joints tight. Remember to put a dot of glue in each of the miter joints.

Continued on page 6:  Pull it all together


Comments (11)
bmarion5 wrote:

When I try to download with the link (Raised-Panel Doors illustrations) I get"web page not found".

8/17/2014 08:16:19 PM Report Abuse
bhackett420 wrote:

No popups here. Never had popups from this site. Thanks for the great cabinet tips!

8/15/2014 02:26:30 PM Report Abuse
racmsc wrote:

I use Firefox and do not get the pop-ups. I suspect you Chrome users are being spammed by Google.

8/14/2014 08:26:23 PM Report Abuse
bleray wrote:

My Ad Blocker blocked 15 pop ups on this page. other users of Google Chrome - search for AD BLOCK Advisor in the Chrome store. it's free and it works.

8/14/2014 02:54:44 PM Report Abuse
sschmidt21001 wrote:

Can someone look into the link malfunction for the detailed illustrations?

2/17/2014 06:56:30 AM Report Abuse
tommandkay wrote:

An interesting idea. Something worth consideration. The continual pop ups make viewing very difficult and frustrating. One maybe or even two, but if I say no, asking five more times isn't likely to change my mind.

1/31/2014 10:32:52 PM Report Abuse
vfreeck wrote:

I agree we can not all afford router bit kits to do raised panel and this one easy way, I like using cove bits on solid stock for a lesser cost

1/31/2014 03:15:02 PM Report Abuse
racmsc wrote:

Sorry, that is one butt-ugly door.

1/30/2014 11:34:58 PM Report Abuse
jfiffik wrote:

I too appreciate tips on other ways to do things. Making the panels from rough-cut lumber is the cost and time killer on doors. I think I will try this method on some doors in my shop.

1/30/2014 11:46:44 AM Report Abuse
gary_knotts wrote:

I use raised panel bits too but we must keep in mind that not all woodworkers can afford the high priced bits. You do the best you can with what you have. I appreciate tips that can keep the costs of woodworking down.

1/30/2014 11:23:46 AM Report Abuse
Barkuslives wrote:

I bought raised panel bits and can crank out doors way faster than this complex process. You non stop pop ups have me seriously thinking of unsubscribing.

1/30/2014 11:10:43 AM Report Abuse

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