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  Frame and Panel Construction - a prototype, part 1 by Jim Harvey 1 of 12  

Making a cabinet door usually proceeds by constructing the outside frame to fit the target opening, then creating a panel to fit the frame.

I have a number of frames made as practice exercises for a real job closing off the crawl space in my house. These were all based on square blanks cut from a length of 1×8 select pine from Home Depot. I used up all the spare lumber so for this weblog post I glued up some scraps and trimmed to 7 1/4 square.

One episode of “The Woodwright’s Shop” contributed to my panel raising techniques. “Raising Panel-Zona” describes several methods, though my tools don’t match Roy’s.

I have a small panel raising plane. It is unusual in that it has an adjustable fence, there is no nicker and no flat area near the fence, the cut is beveled all the way to the edge of the work. It may have had some other use in the past but it works for panel raising. I have since added brass strips at the main wear points.

My small panel raising plane and the view of its bottom.

The panel will have a quarter inch tenon all around the edges that seats inside a groove plowed around the inside edges of the frame.

Panel blank glued up and trimmed to size.

The first step is to define this tenon edge by measuring the frame face to groove distance so the panel will be flush with the frame. Subsequent operations will remove wood down to these lines. I darken the marked lines with pencil.

Mark the tenon edges on the panel blank.


 
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