Raised Panel Cabinet Doors

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 05/04/2011 - 09:24
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An easy technique to create beautiful, strong raised panel doors, without fancy tools, using easy techniques, and on the tiniest of budgets.

So I got a new shirt with no paint on it, and even a new Mother's Day Apron, (thanks Gracie!) so I thought I would try something new - a video post! 

In one of my recent posts, I constructed a raised panel cabinet door for this tilt out wood trash can/recycling center.  But I thought a video post would be much more effective in showing you how to build raised panel doors.
 If you've ever wanted to make beautiful strong raised panel cabinet doors, but never thought it possible without special tools and advanced techniques, think again!

Dimensions to fit door openings


Shopping List

1x12 for the raised panel, cut down to size
1x3 boards for the cabinet door frame

Cut List

Cut your doors to fit your project.

Tape Measure
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Table Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

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.


Step 1

To cut your raised panel doors, you will need to set your saw blade so that the minimum thickness of the cut will be 1/2".  This is shown in the video above.
After creating the cut, you will need to adjust the saw blade for the bevel.  I choose a 15 degree angle and was quite pleased with the results.  Also make sure that you have raised the saw blade high enough (test on your wood piece).

Step 2

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.

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.

Step 4

In this step, we sand the edges of the raised panel.  The tablesaw does not create the smoothest edge cut, so this step is very necessary, and once you start creating the door panels, you won't be able to get a sander in there.

Step 5

And this is the easy step - drive your screws!

Step 6

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.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.


Ken Allwine (not verified)

Wed, 05/04/2011 - 10:29

Great job with the videos! I love using the Kreg jig on projects.

I would like to make one small suggestion for you videos. I would suggest that you get an inexpensive wireless microphone that will pick your voice up better.

Keep up the great work!


In reply to by Ken Allwine (not verified)

Ana White

Wed, 05/04/2011 - 10:35

Really appreciate any feedback - video and video editing is new to me, and I'm open to any suggestions that will help you be able to understand my projects better.

Does anyone have a professional camera recommendation (that works with a mic?) and a video editing software recommendation?


Wed, 05/04/2011 - 11:15

Good job on the videos.

DSLR cameras are a great way to get professional high quality photos and HD videos. I would seriously consider this. What ever you choose or research take a look on youtube for video samples. I just got a canon t2i for christmas and have been enjoying the photos and videos that it takes. You can get great results with the lens included with the kit. It also has a jack for an external mic.

As far as software goes, they all pretty much work the same. you just have to choose which one best fits your workflow/budget/platform. Probably the more known ones are Sony Vegas/ Adobe Premiere / Final Cut

here is a decent intro to video editing:

Jake Cornette (not verified)

Wed, 05/04/2011 - 12:37

I also have a Canon Rebel T2i and I agree with eruji's recommendation. It's takes your photos to another level, and the video is great as well. I bought mine from Newegg.


I was hesitant about spending so much on a camera, but it has really paid off.

I would also have to agree with the Lifehacker recommendation. It's a great site for finding tutorials on a lot of different things like video editing, photo editing, coding, etc.

For video editing, I would look into Lightworks. It's free! Here's an article from Lifehacker about it:



Wed, 05/04/2011 - 12:43

They are a great way to really show us out here what you mean. However, the only suggestion I have would be to zoom in on what you are doing so we can actually "see" it. I'm sure that with a better camera set up as suggested would help that part out, but whatever you can do for that aspect would be great.

Really love the video idea!!!

We actually tried this out a couple months ago and didn't have the great success you had. We cut way more of the board off and had about a 10 degree bevel, how long was your blade? From the table to the top? Just curious.

Thanks again Ana, you totally rock woman!


Wed, 05/04/2011 - 10:42

Thanks Anna for making a video. I went through my first project (library cart) without know to adjust the collar and the jig. Videos can really help us newbies with the simple stuff.

Guest (not verified)

Wed, 05/04/2011 - 10:50

I agree with Ken, great videos and great project... the jig makes it easy. I do wish you had used an external microphone though, hard to hear your beautiful voice at times.

look forward to more videos

Guest (not verified)

Wed, 05/04/2011 - 11:21

thanks for the video! it's really helpful to visual people like me. I'd like to see a few closeups as you finish each step, if possible!

Mike Turner (not verified)

Wed, 05/04/2011 - 11:34

I would like to suggest that you use closeups and different camera angles to show what you are doing with your hands when you are doing something like adjusting the collar on the Kreg jig. I realize that this will mean editing and multiple shots, but it will be a lot easier to see what you are doing.

You have a wonderful site. I've gotten a lot of ideas from it. Thank you.