Here you can see tenons laid out on the four rails.
These were sawn, tuned, and outlines transferred to the
stiles as in part 2. Mortising the stiles, then grooving
and molding the inside of each piece proceeded as in
All four rails with tenons laid out.
I glued up two panels a couple months ago but had to
square them for fitting in the frames. Could not hold
the panel steady against the miter gauge so I built a
miter gauge helper from a piece of heavy aluminum angle
and a toggle clamp, should have done that years ago. The
panel surfaces were planed with a Stanley 4 1/2.
Straighten and square the panels.
Each completed door frame was laid over the square glued
up stock. I aligned left and bottom panel edges with the
inside of the frame, marked the top and right edges of
the inside opening on the panel stock, then ruled a line
one half inch farther out on the top and right. This
allows room for a 1/4″ tenon all around the finished
panel. I then trimmed the panel top to my ruled line on
the table saw using the miter gauge as in the previous
Next, the panels had to be trimmed to width. They are
too tall to use the miter gauge, so I got out my
standard homemade saw fence, a four inch oak timber. I
used the line on the cut off top piece to adjust the
fence to the proper width.
Setting fence to rip long side of panel.
A deep breath moment. I had been putting off cutting
these panels to exact size because I was afraid of
screwing up the measurements. In the end, they fit well.
Panel ripped to final width.