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    When raising panels, do you guys back cut the centre panel to let it sit flush with the rails and stiles, or do you let it sit proud? I have read in furniture books that the centre panels that are flush with the frame are more toward the mass production method, as the entire workpiece can be sent through a drum sander. Having the raised centre panel sit slightly proud of the frame indicates a more hand crafted furniture approach.

    What do you guys think?

  • #2
    Re: raised panels

    I don't do many raised panels, but when I cut them using the tablesaw, I don't backcut. I've got a shaker style panel bit that has a backcutter attached, so it cuts at the same time. They both look good, but I kind of like the look of the panel standing proud because it doesn't look mass produced. Funny thing is, I don't think the profile of the shaker panel would look right standing proud of the frame. The angle on the panel looks too severe. Maybe its time to buy a new bit!


    • #3
      Re: raised panels

      mine are flush I always thought it looked odd if they were proud,
      (it has been so long since I have made any), it looks like I use 5/8" think material for the panels,

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      • #4
        Re: raised panels

        To date, I've only made raised panels as a decorative side panels for our library (book case sides facing windows and doors). I've done these only on the table saw using typical 1 x stock and I am presuming they are simple "shaker style". In any case, they are positioned flush with the rails and stiles. I made my table saw jig to cut the bevel (angle) at 20-degrees, which appears (at least to me) to be fairly decent.

        I hope this helps,



        • #5
          Re: raised panels

          Some are flush... some are a bit proud... some are probably a bit recessed... nobody can mistake my panels for mass produced


          • #6
            Re: raised panels

            I back cut them. It takes more work and IMO the result is a better quality door. That it could go through a drum or wide belt sander (wish I had one) would be a bonus, not a sign of mass production methods as I see it.

            Now, what I don't really, really, really don't like are the cope and stick router bits that give you the little bitty short stub tenons. To me, THAT is mass production at its worst. I like to cut full-depth m&t and miter the inside edge detail. It's the best kind of hand craftsmanship... you don't see it, and never will.