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Raised panels add classic contours
Add dimension and shape to your frame-and-panel furniture with raised panels. To form the profile, use a panel-raising bit to rout 3?4"-thick solid-wood panels. Profile options include ogees, coves, rounded bevels, and chamfered Shaker styles. To avoid tear-out and burns, rout the ends first and then the edges in multiple shallow passes. If you?ll paint the panel, use MDF to save money.
Pros: Raised panels add shadow lines. Rail-and-stile and panel-raising bit combinations let you customize the look. Unlike back-cut raised panels, you can vary the edge thickness to fit wider frame grooves or use stock slightly thinner than 3/4".
Cons: Gluing up solid wood for panels adds time and steps to a project. Specialty router bits cost more than cutting sheets on a tablesaw.
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