34 – Learn How to Make RAISED PANEL DOORS With solid wood. easy step by step.

How to make and install Raised Panel doors from any lumber.

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I’ve had a number of viewers ask me how to build cabinets, and raised panel doors. This is the first video in that series that I will make where I will give detailed instructions on just how that is done.

Using these methods, you can save as much as ,000 – ,000 on replacing your kitchen cabinets. The kitchen is the single best upgrade you can do to a home. And cabinets are really a very straight-forward woodworking project. Even if you purchased every single tool needed for a full shop to build cabinets, you would still save substantially over purchasing cabinets from a company. I have helped many people get into woodworking and set up a shop using this route.

This project will require a router table. But it doesn’t have to cost much. Many of my viewers have built their own. You can also get them pre-made for you in a kit, and they have very high precision.
In this video, I am building a set of three raised panel doors that I am making in solid walnut. They are for an aquarium stand for my oldest daughter. I will show step by step every single part of the procedure from the first cut of the lumber to the last part; installation of the door itself. These are the identical doors that are used in high end kitchen and bathroom cabinetry. They also work wonderfully for many other pieces of fine furniture, and even items like jewelry box lids.

This video will include the milling of the stock and the making of the raised panel center pieces, and joining up boards to get to the necessary width. It also includes the making of the rails and stiles, and how to set up the required cuts for those on the router table. Finally, it covers assembly, and glue up as well as how to set up and install hinges, and mount the doors.

Below, I have detailed the supplies and tools that I used to build these doors. These are affiliate links through Amazon. If you happen to need any of these items and buy them through these links, then I get a small fee from Amazon. It will cost you nothing more, but it helps me to support our channel.

SANDING
100 grit SandBlaster Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets http://amzn.to/2w1RPc9
150 grit SandBlaster Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets http://amzn.to/2xrAZmu
220 grit SandBlaster Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets http://amzn.to/2xrB5KS
320 grit SandBlaster Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets http://amzn.to/2wlV8gW
Style-Line Soft-Sander 4-1/2”, set of 6 profiles http://amzn.to/2g4USfK

ROUTERING
Round Rail and Stile Router Bit Set http://amzn.to/2vnPfeA
Quadra-Cut Raised Panel Router Bit with Backcutters http://amzn.to/2iqeVGg
Router Bit Set-Up Jigs for 92013 and 32373 Round Bits http://amzn.to/2wndrSY
Woodpeckers Coping Sled http://amzn.to/2vXIILn

ROUTER TABLES
Woodpecker Router Table setup:
These 6 items Bolt together for a prefect top of the line high end setup… It is my exact system.
V2 Precision Router Lift http://amzn.to/2vX1TEO
36″ Single Offset Super Fence http://amzn.to/2xrHEwR
Woodpecker 20″ x 37″ Premium Router Table Stand http://amzn.to/2g4I2y0
Woodpecker Phenolic Router Table, 27 x 43 http://amzn.to/2vXmpFf
Woodpeckers Precision WHEEL KIT http://amzn.to/2g3nAOd
Porter Cable 7518 3-1/4 HP Router Motor http://amzn.to/2vX5jaz

My second table setup is much more affordable, but still works great. (keep in mind, you don’t need 2 router tables. Although it is very convenient not to have to switch bits out back and forth, especially for a production run, it certainly isn’t necessary, and one setup will do the exact same quality job…
Pro Phenolic Router Table, Fence, Stand, & FX Router Lift http://amzn.to/2w2hIbZ
Just add your own router. Everything else is included in one package.

HINGE INSTALLATION
Self Centering (Vix) Bit http://amzn.to/2ww1Jmh
Blum Hinge Mounting Plate http://amzn.to/2sZFaIh
Blum Hinge Soft Close http://amzn.to/2sLqFnt
Freud 35mm Forstner bit http://amzn.to/2u47Foh
Titebond III Wood Glue http://amzn.to/2u4zRHk
Woodpecker’s Square http://amzn.to/2gZEEV6
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20 Replies to “34 – Learn How to Make RAISED PANEL DOORS With solid wood. easy step by step.”

  1. Perfect!! Great video. I’m a professional carpenter (30 years)but I’ve never built a cabinet door. I would definitely attempt doing so now. Thanks

  2. Please use push sticks when pushing the piece of wood on the router table! Your fingers are so close to that huge router bit.

  3. Hi James, thank you for the video. I built some raised panel doors, finished them with sealer and lacquer, and attached them to my kitchen cabinets. They seemed perfect for couple of months, but 3 months later, the doors started wrapping and the rails and stiles started expanding. Expansion in rail and stile resulted in gaps between them and I am not happy with it. Would you please provide a some suggestions on what can I do to avoid these issues except for controlling the moisture content? I am thinking of finishing the new doors with marine varnish, but would still like to know your thoughts on it. Thanks!!

  4. Will that coping sled fit into any slot on any router table or do you need a special router table with that special miter slot for it?
    The list you gave for router table is well over $1000 for the router table lol

  5. Beautiful work and great video. My 2 cents…Coping cutter or a pattern cutter are more common names. A sacrificial fence added to your miter saw will give you a better cut quality than placing the material against the factory fence where that wide gap leaves the grain unsupported and tends to chips out. Burning wood usual cause from too fast cutter speed or too slow feed rate.

  6. Wow, this video was amazing. You do absolutely beautiful work. I am buying a house that has the same style kitchen cabinets. I’d like to try to sand off the poly and try to stain them a different color. The grey brown you have in the video here is nice. But do you think the sanding blocks you mentioned would do the trick of getting all the poly off in the corners and crevices? I know the prep work is key, so I want to make sure I am using the right materials. Thanks in advance for your thoughts!!!

  7. Awesome video I think I learned more from this one video than any of the many other videos i have seen on wood working.

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