It's me again. This time I have a question regarding the door panels for the vanity. I checked out the price of Maple plywood and got a real shock. So I have enough maple on hand that I thought I might make the panel doors myself. My question is regarding the panel (center) part of the door. As I mentioned I would like to make it from the 3/4" maple boards I currently have. I was wondering if I could rip cut the 3/4' thickness of the boards down to 1/2" using my table saw. What effect would this have on the wood? Is this a good idea or are there consequences that I'm not aware of? Once again thanks for your help.
Mar 20, 2013, 01:59 PM
this is an excellent way to kill yourself, planing wood with a table saw. don't do this at home. professionals on a closed course, don't do this for filming.
what you can do is make raised panels from the 3/4 lumber. use a biscuit joiner and glue to piece together enough boards to make a plank, and cut to size into the dadoes on the rails and stiles of the doors. you can then use a router and table, or perhaps the table saw with an augmented fence (big-axe board vertical for a safety brace firmly attached to the fence) to cut a diagonal strip off all edges of the panel, so it fits in the dado all around the frame's inside.
fit, glue, and clamp as needed.
this is yet another way to injure yourself, so brace well, wear protection, and have some sort of finger strips and guides to keep the board flat against the raised panel on the fence and the cut straight. because you have to hold the panel way out of the way of the unshielded saw blade to do this. a dado blade could be used if you wanted a sharp rise, not a bevel.
a router and table with raised-panel shaping bits is a much prettier and safer way to do this. the bits are only availiable on 1/2 inch shafts, as there is going to be a lot of strain, enough to break hobbyist 1/4 inch arbor shafts, when the bit hits wood.This message has been edited. Last edited by: swschrad,
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Mar 21, 2013, 12:13 AM
OK, scratch the idea of ripping the boards. Want to keep all my fingers. I saw the procedure you described on You Tube, so I have an idea of how to do it. Will go in that directions. Thanks.
Mar 21, 2013, 07:17 AM
If you are going to route the outside edges what I like to do is before the panel is cut to width and just glued up, is route the the top and bottom of the panel. Cut it to width and route the last two outside edges. Reason to do it that way is because of tare out.
Mar 21, 2013, 08:13 PM
you dont say how wide the boards are but lacking a bandsaw or a power plane to resaw the the boards, there is a way to do what you want with a table saw. Glue the maple board to a piece of flat 3/4 pine, then saw off a little more of the maple and scrap the pine board. then sand the maple to the size you want. As with any woodwork use care, Oh yeah, saw a little more than halfway of the width then turn it over and saw the remaining . that way your fingers are protected, but still use a push stickThis message has been edited. Last edited by: nona,