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Machining flawless raised panel-doors

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Goof-proofing starts with good habits

  • Without square ends cope-and-stick joints will not align properly. So, crosscut rails square and to final length before routing the coped ends that match the stick profile on the stiles.
  • Size the rail-and-stile frame to fit the door opening, and then size the raised panel to fit that frame.
  • Use straight-grained stock for stiles and rails to best resist warping.
  • If you intend to strengthen the cope-and-stick joints with loose tenons or dowels, cut the mortises after routing the profiles. This prevents tear-out around the mortise and keeps the router bit bearing from dropping into the mortise and botching the profile.

4 Straightforward Ways to Make Super-Strong Mortise and Tenon Joints

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