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Frame-and-Panel Door Construction

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Simple frame-and-panel doors in 30-minutes

Simple frame-and-panel doors in 30-minutes

In the time it takes to sit through a sitcom on TV, you can have some real fun creating these sturdy, no-fuss doors. Frame-and-panel doors add class to any project, but they don't have to add a lot of assembly time. Using the straightforward process detailed here, you can crank out great-looking doors for many applications, including furniture, cabinets, and built-ins. Frames use 3/4"-thick stock with 1/4" panels in various materials and veneers. A general-purpose saw blade will do the job, although a dado stack cuts smoother tenons.

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Jim DiRenzo wrote:

I use a set of stile and rail cutters which can be a bear to adjust but I have a heavy duty router mounted in an old radial arm saw and that is dedicated to doing the end cuts on the rails. I made a set of guides to help with the adjustment. Right now I am using that set up to make drawer fronts for a four drawer platform bed.

4/26/2013 03:54:35 AM Report Abuse
jimmy21872 wrote:

this will be my first try on making doors. i hope things go well

12/16/2012 06:47:45 PM Report Abuse
tommandkay wrote:

Always did it this way. It works for other projects as well. I recently made a frame and panel headboard. Looks great.

8/27/2012 12:23:18 AM Report Abuse
rcox341 wrote:

I agree Alan. Did not know you were a member of Wood. Stay Safe. Robbie in Little Washington NC

5/31/2012 01:17:03 PM Report Abuse
JP0 wrote:

I'll bite... care to elaborate Alan?

5/31/2012 11:41:29 AM Report Abuse
Alan in Little Washington wrote:

A cabinet maker friend makes door even quicker by cutting the grooves and stub tenon cheeks on his router table using just one slot cutter, a spacer, and single setup.

5/31/2012 10:18:09 AM Report Abuse

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