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.
Start the project by putting on your safety glasses and hearing protection.
Move the fence out of your way on the router table.
Unplug the router, then install the raised panel router bit.
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.
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.
Install feather boards to help hold the raised panel flat against the router table top.
Adjust the raised panel router bits height so that it will be removing no more than 1/8-inch of material per pass.
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.
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.
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.
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.