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  Frame and Panel Construction - a prototype, part 1 by Jim Harvey 3 of 12  

Now the panel raising plane does itís work, starting with the cross grain edges. This plane works well across the grain because it has a steeply skewed blade. Which also means it is hard to sharpen.

Using the panel raising plane.

Raising the center creates a shadow line which makes the panel look a bit smaller and lighter.

Panel showing shadow line.

The final step is rabbiting the back of the panel to the line. This M-F 85 has the fence set to cut a quarter inch wide relief and the depth stop set to stop at my line. Since the raised portion of the panel is angled, the edge tenon is tapered so I will make this a little less than a quarter inch thick to make it easier to fit the frame groove.

Rabbiting the back side.

The finished panel came out fairly well though I had trouble with the panel raising plane. I believe the blade is not bedding flat inside the body which causes the blade to flex slightly and chatter. The wedge also loosens too easily which causes the blade to fall out. Iím working on it.

Finished panel.

And it does fit the frame. See how all those shadow lines make the panel look like something other than a flat board.

Jim Harvey
May, 2017
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