Raised Panel Cabinet Doors
An easy technique to create beautiful, strong raised panel doors, without fancy tools, using easy techniques, and on the tiniest of budgets.
1x12 for the raised panel, cut down to size
1x3 boards for the cabinet door frame
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
The techniques shown in this video could be dangerous. Use at your own risk.
Cut your doors to fit your project.
After you have set your fence on your tablesaw, measure the width of your fence and construct a saddle jig as shown in the video. Attach the panel to the saddle jig with either clamps or screws, and run the panel through the tablesaw. Repeat for all four sides.
More details on the jig are shown in step 3.
The above diagram shows how I built my saddle jig for the tablesaw. My fence is 1" thick and 2 1/2" high at it's highest point. My jig is about 20" long.
At this step, our raised panel is complete. Now it's time to join the raised panel to the frame. I use a Kreg Jig, but you will need to set the Kreg Jig for 1/2" stock when drilling pocket holes in the raised panel, and also use 1" pocket hole screws.
Switch back to the 3/4" setting for joining your frame together, and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.
Easy jig ideas - just wanted to also post a diagram of how I would make a jig to help me run the raised panel through the tablesaw. You will still want to be very cautions and make sure that you leave a wide enough gap between the boards for your tablesaw blade. If your tablesaw has a fence that is smooth on both sides, you could actually create a jig that straddles the fence.
Safety safety first. It's taken me many years to get comfortable with using a table saw, but still, I'm super cautious.