Three Ways to Raise a Panel
Fire up your router or tablesaw, or raise the panel using hand tools
Synopsis: There are almost as many ways to cut raised panels as there are tools in the woodshop. The shaper may be the most efficient, but if you don’t own one, a number of other methods will work. In text and step-by-step photos, Matthew Teague details how to raise a panel by hand, on the router table, and on the tablesaw.
Frame-and-panel construction is among the woodworker’s greatest inventions. Not only does it solve many of the problems we encounter with wood movement, but it also looks good, creating visual interest by adding shadow lines and reflecting light across different planes.
There are almost as many ways to cut raised panels as there are tools in the workshop. While the shaper is probably the most efficient, many woodworkers don’t own a shaper. Depending on the piece I’m building and the number of panels I have…