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A Question about Raised Panels…

October 5, 2011 by  
Filed under Router Tips

I have a question from John about making raised panels for a kitchen job….Here is the email question.

Rick,  I am redoing some cabinet doors for a client.  The original doors were made out of MDF on a NC Router.  I do not have a numerically controlled router /table.  I thought of making the drawer fronts and doors out of knotty pine which is inexpensive here.  That sounded good until I measured the raised panel opening in the doors (13″ wide by 19″ long).  How about dividing the raised panel opening into two sections with a horizontal or vertical mullion down the middle of the opening?  What would be your approach?



I have done raised panels up to 15″ wide without any problems. You just need to glue the panels up with 3 to 4″ wide pieces making sure you alternate the grain direction with each new piece added. If you don’t like the idea of making large raised panels then I would go with the 2 panel with the vertical mullion. This choice will make the panel doors look smaller in width and more symmetrical…

Just my 2 cents, does anyone else have an opinion please post in the comment section below.



4 Responses to “A Question about Raised Panels…”

  1. Bob Klaassen on October 5th, 2011 11:14 am

    I would edge glue the wood to make the panel and in knoty pine this would look very good.

  2. Stanley Zalumskis on October 5th, 2011 12:13 pm

    The only problem I see is if space dictated one or more narrower cabinets in the run. The panel might not be able to be split because of the reduced width but then again the single panel might not look bad because it would approximate the width of the split panels.

    I have tried to visualize both options but cannot see the picture in my mind. Any\one else have ideas?

  3. Boyd Johnson on October 5th, 2011 4:02 pm

    Gluing the panels together is not hard at all I used dowels in each one and try to center the joint if only two panels if more make them about even . It worked for me and the cabinets that I have made and I was a carpenter for 30 years and we made owe own cabinets. The tall ones are the hardest to do. I have made them out of pine and it looks great watch for lose knots.
    hope it helps

  4. Mike Sherwin on October 5th, 2011 8:24 pm

    If multiple glue ups are not for you, how about using thicker stock, ripping the boards in half, and book matching the boards together. A little bit of character in a board can be doubled. A 7 inch wide board would fill your needs.

    To your original thought, dividing the panel down the middle might look a little plain (my thoughts), but sectioning horizontally as well as verticlally might give it more style. 2 over 6 maybe.