|Raised Panels on the Table
table makes quick work of cutting raised panels. But an alterative to buying
expensive router bits to do this is to cut them on your table saw. Here are a
couple of tips to make the job go easier, so you'll end up with smooth, clean
bevels and square shoulders.
Table Saw Setup.Cutting the
bevels on the long edges of a panel is no problem. But when you stand the
pieces on end, it's a good idea to have the extra support.
With the auxiliary fence in place,
tilt the saw blade (12°) and raise it to the desired height (Fig. 1). (Mine
ended up 3/4".) Then using a test piece, you can sneak up on the position of
the fence until the shoulder profile is created (Fig. 1a).
Now that the
fence is set, you can begin cutting the bevels. I like to cut across the short,
end grain edges first. This way, if theres any chipout near the tail end
of the bevel, it will be removed when the bevel is cut on the longer face grain
Sanding. Even a sharp saw blade will probably leave some
swirl marks, so after the raised panels have been cut, the last step is to sand
the bevels. But theres one area that needs some extra attention. Since
the blade was tilted, the shoulder will be slightly undercut. To square this
up, I made a sanding block that has a bevel cut on one edge (Figs. 2 and 2a).