34 – Learn How to Make RAISED PANEL DOORS With solid wood. easy step by step.

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How to make and install Raised Panel doors from any lumber.

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I’ve had a number of viewers ask me how to build cabinets, and raised panel doors. This is the first video in that series that I will make where I will give detailed instructions on just how that is done.

Using these methods, you can save as much as $10,000 – $15,000 on replacing your kitchen cabinets. The kitchen is the single best upgrade you can do to a home. And cabinets are really a very straight-forward woodworking project. Even if you purchased every single tool needed for a full shop to build cabinets, you would still save substantially over purchasing cabinets from a company. I have helped many people get into woodworking and set up a shop using this route.

This project will require a router table. But it doesn’t have to cost much. Many of my viewers have built their own. You can also get them pre-made for you in a kit, and they have very high precision.
In this video, I am building a set of three raised panel doors that I am making in solid walnut. They are for an aquarium stand for my oldest daughter. I will show step by step every single part of the procedure from the first cut of the lumber to the last part; installation of the door itself. These are the identical doors that are used in high end kitchen and bathroom cabinetry. They also work wonderfully for many other pieces of fine furniture, and even items like jewelry box lids.

This video will include the milling of the stock and the making of the raised panel center pieces, and joining up boards to get to the necessary width. It also includes the making of the rails and stiles, and how to set up the required cuts for those on the router table. Finally, it covers assembly, and glue up as well as how to set up and install hinges, and mount the doors.

Below, I have detailed the supplies and tools that I used to build these doors. These are affiliate links through Amazon. If you happen to need any of these items and buy them through these links, then I get a small fee from Amazon. It will cost you nothing more, but it helps me to support our channel.

100 grit SandBlaster Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets
150 grit SandBlaster Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets
220 grit SandBlaster Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets
320 grit SandBlaster Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets
Style-Line Soft-Sander 4-1/2”, set of 6 profiles

Round Rail and Stile Router Bit Set
Quadra-Cut Raised Panel Router Bit with Backcutters
Router Bit Set-Up Jigs for 92013 and 32373 Round Bits
Woodpeckers Coping Sled

Woodpecker Router Table setup:
These 6 items Bolt together for a prefect top of the line high end setup… It is my exact system.
V2 Precision Router Lift
36" Single Offset Super Fence
Woodpecker 20" x 37" Premium Router Table Stand
Woodpecker Phenolic Router Table, 27 x 43
Woodpeckers Precision WHEEL KIT
Porter Cable 7518 3-1/4 HP Router Motor

My second table setup is much more affordable, but still works great. (keep in mind, you don’t need 2 router tables. Although it is very convenient not to have to switch bits out back and forth, especially for a production run, it certainly isn’t necessary, and one setup will do the exact same quality job…
Pro Phenolic Router Table, Fence, Stand, & FX Router Lift
Just add your own router. Everything else is included in one package.

Self Centering (Vix) Bit
Blum Hinge Mounting Plate
Blum Hinge Soft Close
Freud 35mm Forstner bit
Titebond III Wood Glue
Woodpecker’s Square

Tony bp - August 23, 2017

You know James, you say you wish you can say, do more? You kidding me right? I mean, not only are you a very detailed maker, but you’re an excellent educator. You’re one of the best out there man. Thank you.

    King's Fine Woodworking - August 23, 2017

    Hi Tony! Thank you!

    captqball31 - November 12, 2018

    Tony bp he is an essential to Rustic woodworking network. I have learned a ton from him already. Just stumbled upon this video and did even know he had this YouTube page. Oh man, ready to learn a lot more now.

Mike Boyles - August 23, 2017

Hi James, very nice video! What, no photo bomber? I don’t know how many use a vix bit but they may not know that it’s important to drill the first hole and then put a screw in it before drilling any of the other holes to prevent drifting. I also noticed that you subscribe to that theory 🙂 Have a good day!

    King's Fine Woodworking - August 24, 2017

    Hi Mike. Great point. I should have mentioned it. There is so much I intend to say but there is never enough time or space in the video.

scooby70611 - August 23, 2017

James, I thoroughly enjoy each of your videos. The first impression one gets is, What a kind, gentle soul you have. Your ability to teach and explain your subject is captivating. Beautiful work as usual with attention to detail.

    King's Fine Woodworking - August 24, 2017

    Thank you so much. That is very kind.

Adrian Orozco - August 23, 2017

Yes!! Another great video James! And inching toward that kitchen cabinet build video you mentioned before!!! This is more suspenseful than Game of Thrones LOL

    King's Fine Woodworking - August 24, 2017

    Haha! Thank you.

Siminfrance - August 24, 2017

I love watching your videos, clear and well explained!
I don’t have nearly all the tools, (or space), you have, but I enjoy woodworking, so it is nice to see a project been done properly.

    King's Fine Woodworking - August 24, 2017

    Hi! Thank you very much!

Uncommon Creator - August 24, 2017

I I have even considered buying a porter cable dovetail jig since I’ve watched your video on it. That too was very detailed thank you for the thorough videos keep it up I’ll watch him

    King's Fine Woodworking - August 25, 2017

    Awesome. Thank you very much.

Ben Setliff - August 24, 2017

LOL @ “…recommend taking the joint apart, adding one more gallon of glue, and then reclamping…”

    Brett M - December 19, 2018

    I heard that too

    gregg stephens - December 30, 2018

    yeah i caught that too! A gallon of Glue???? WTH?

    J Ellery S - March 9, 2019

    I chuckled out loud at that…was dry humor about wet glue!

    Wrench666 - April 15, 2019

    Man you must go through lots of glue… lol

    electricalron - July 7, 2019

    We have a similar saying as electricians… “it’s better to be a mile too long than an inch too short.”

jkasten101 - August 25, 2017

We need to see the whole cabinet build!!!! Looks awesome!!! Still amazing content, explanations, video, etc etc… please keep up the great work

    King's Fine Woodworking - August 25, 2017

    Thank you very much! After numerous requests I have decided to make a video of the whole cabinet build. Luckily I have the whole thing already filmed. I did complete the project today. If you are interested in seeing it check out my facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/kingsfinewoodworking/

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    Cory Nolan - December 9, 2018

    Hey James, why is it that woodworkers won’t invest in a shaper anyways? I agree I don’t see many people with them. I don’t think they are totally necessary because a router table really accomplishes the same thing and they are half the cost but I’m not gonna lie, I love buying equipment and I would love to have a shaper haha. Just surprised more people don’t spend the extra $1000-$1500 for the big cast iron table, powerful shaper motor, stability, advanced fence systems, etc.

    david zhang - December 25, 2018

    very nice .

    Brian Snyder - December 29, 2018

    What brand of clamps do you use?

    Mike Thompson - June 28, 2019

    Cory Nolan I have a shaper that I love but I have trouble finding bits. It is an awesome machine.

    I Pick a Quick Six - July 6, 2019

    Brian Snyder, most of what I’ve seen him using are “Bessey” clamps.

Александр Констант - June 24, 2018

Even I am Russian and my specific wooden English not that perfect, I can tell that everything were so easy to understand in your video. Thanks man!!

    King's Fine Woodworking - June 25, 2018

    You are welcome. Thank you!

    Mike Munoz - June 27, 2019

    отлично хорошо! – I studied Russian for years! 😉

diver dave - October 29, 2018

is Titebond 111 really the best glue to use ? I used every type of glue for 30 years until I retired from the carpenters union but never uses this one . I’m sure you will agree that some glues work and some fail badly

    King's Fine Woodworking - November 1, 2018

    Best glue I’ve ever used

wayne miller - November 2, 2018

All right, looks good. Now I will go buy a jointer, a planer, more powerful router, router table, a raised panel bit set, a bunch of really nice clamps and a drill press and get started. 🙂
Good thing I’m not married anymore, my ex would have insisted we spend an equal amount of money on clothes for her! LOL
Seriously, Great video. Thanks for taking the time to document and instruct. And I AM looking forward to getting those tools, Every time I buy better tools my work ‘miraculously’ improves.

    King's Fine Woodworking - November 2, 2018

    Hi Wayne, Thank you!

Dang Lambert - March 27, 2019

Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us 🙂

Mountain Views - May 13, 2019

Like always from you great job thumbs up my friend

Jonathan Miller - May 23, 2019

This is an excellent video! I learned a lot and made notes of the great tips! Thank you!

Derek Bolton - July 27, 2019

You always make great vids very well explained and informative… But not everyone has the equipment and accessories that you have and is out of reach for most people that is the only thing that lets it down.

Simon Rios - August 3, 2019

beautiful. i coudl watch yr videos all day.

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