How to Use Raised Panel Router Bits


The raised panel router bit is used to create raised panels for cabinet doors and drawers. This router bit is for use with a router table only, and you will need to use a 3 horse power router. The raised panel router bit comes with a top bearing for arched panel use. Follow a few simple steps and you can create beautiful raised panel doors and drawers for your custom cabinets.

Step 1

Start the project by putting on your safety glasses and hearing protection.

Step 2

Move the fence out of your way on the router table.

Step 3

Unplug the router, then install the raised panel router bit.

Step 4

Adjust the router fence so that the outside edge of the fence is even with the outside edge of the raised panel router bit. Use a straight edge against the fence to check that the bit and fence are even.

Step 5

Use a table saw to cut a scrap test panel to help setup the router bit. The scrap test panel needs to be the same thickness as your projects panel. The scrap test panel should be 6-inches by 8-inches in size.

Step 6

Install feather boards to help hold the raised panel flat against the router table top.

Step 7

Adjust the raised panel router bits height so that it will be removing no more than 1/8-inch of material per pass.

Step 8

Start to mill all four sides of the scrap test panel with the good face down against the router table top. Cut the end grain, raised panel top, first to help protect against tear out of the raised panel.

Step 9

Repeat step 6 while raising the raised panel router bit 1/8-inch between passes. Continue until the tongue thickness of the raised panel is 1/4-inch thick.

Step 10

Check the fit of the raised panel tongue thickness, test fit it into your stile and rail material. Once you have a good fit the raised panel router bit is set up correctly.

Step 11

Keep the scrap test material panel and use as a guide for the final thickness of your raised panels. Repeat steps 5 through 7 for each set of raised panels needed for your project.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use push blocks for safety. Never remove more than 1/8-inch of material at a time. Use the lowest setting on your router for this large router bit.

Things You'll Need

  • Safety glasses
  • Hearing protection
  • Router table with fence
  • Raised panel router bit
  • Straight edge
  • Table saw
  • Scrap test panel
  • Feather boards
  • Non-silicon paste wax


  • MCLSwoodworking
  • Wood Worker's World

Who Can Help

  • Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Routers;" Lonnie Bird; 2006
  • "Woodworking with the Router; " Bill Hylton; 2009
Keywords: raised panel, router bit, router fence

About this Author

Jim Wildman served in the United States Marine Corps as a Communication Chief for 10 years. After his tour of duty in Desert Storm he attended Oklahoma State University receiving his Bachelor of Architecture. He worked as an architect for 10 years before starting his own design/build company. He began writing in 2009 for Demand Studios and published on eHow.

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