Raising The Panels

Wood Panel Plane

A panel-raising plane bevels one end of a wood panel. These hand tools must be used in pairs to raise a panel. Using left- and right-hand models allows the panel to be beveled in the direction of the grain at all times.

the frames. No adhesive was used, so the panels could swell and shrink with changes in humidity.

Cut the panels lh inch longer and wider than the openings in the frames. There are several ways of raising panels. Shaker builders likely did the job by hand, using panel-raising planes, as shown in the photo at left. A more common approach, shown below and on the following pages, involves beveling the edges of panels on a router table or table saw.

Most furniture makers other than the Shakers have installed the panels with the raised, central portion facing outward, adding visual interest to their pieces.

Although Shakers in the Western communities, where German influence admitted some decoration, might have done the same, the Shaker creed frowned on extraneous ornamentation. As a result, Shaker pie safes were often built with the flat side of the panels facing out, while the attractive, raised faces are hidden from view on the inside.

Raised panels, with their distinctive beveled edges, evolved as a practical solution to two common problems faced by Shaker cabinetmakers: how to fit thick panels into frames made of thinner stock and how to compensate for wood movement. Beveling the panels allowed them to fit in the grooves in the inside edges of

A panel-raising plane bevels one end of a wood panel. These hand tools must be used in pairs to raise a panel. Using left- and right-hand models allows the panel to be beveled in the direction of the grain at all times.

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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