3 Ways to Make Raised Panels

panels_Page_1_Image_0001Traditional raised panels appear in almost every furniture style since Roman times,
though the way to make them varies wildly.

All the methods, however, fall into two different camps: One method is to use a tool that is specially designed to do the job, such as a panel-raising plane or a panel-raising router cutter. The other method is to use a basic woodworking tool (such as a table saw or a rabbet plane) and a little bit of cleverness to do the job.

In our shop at Popular Woodworking, we use at least three different methods to create raised panels for doors and drawer bottoms. What follows is a step-by-step tutorial in each.

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About Megan Fitzpatrick

Megan is the editor and content director of Popular Woodworking Magazine. She prefers using hand tools because they rarely make loud noises. Unless they fall off the bench.

5 thoughts on “3 Ways to Make Raised Panels

  1. dawsonbob

    Thank You, Megan; that was the problem. I tried Acrobat Pro, and it worked just fine. Want to marry me and solve all my problems?

      1. dawsonbob

        I would if I could. The problem with problems is that new ones always arise. Just when you think you’ve got it all worked out, then…

  2. dawsonbob

    Just out of curiosity, were there supposed to be images in this pdf? None are showing in my download, which makes the pdf almost useless. Thanks.

    1. Megan Fitzpatrick Post author

      Weird. Yes there are – and I see them when I download the file. Are you viewing it w/Acrobat Pro/Acrobat Reader? I know sometimes PDFs don’t display properly in the “preview” function on Macs – could that be the problem?

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