Rails and styles...which is which? The styles go
up and down on the sides, and the rails go across, like the rungs of a
I started with the rail cutter, first using a straight edge
to make the bearing flush with the fence of the router table.
||This was my first attempt at making a traditional raised
panel door. The router bit on the left cuts the slot for the panel to fit
into, and trims out the inside of the door frame. The bit on the right
only cuts the opposite profile in the ends of the rails. The setup of these
two bits is probably the toughest part of the job.
I didn't route the end of the rails yet, as I didn't know
how long to make them.
|| Second I made sure the top of the cutter was flush
with the top of the stock. Since the other bit doesn't have an edge to
line up with the stock, this just seemed like the way to go. I cut a test
piece with this out of the oak, and also a 2' piece out of pine, for a
backer to prevent chipping as the bit exits the oak.
||This is the other bit, it cuts the slot for the panel
and creates the decorative bead detail. I used the test piece i made with
the other bit, and lined up the tongue with the slot cutter. Then I made
another test piece, and viola! They mated perfectly! At this point I routed
one edge of both the styles and rails.
raised panel bits here.