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I always loved the active construction work and during my retirement years I do renovation jobs because I like it plus to keep me busy and get some extra cash for my hobbies. My last project was a new kitchen as per attached photos. This project started by first replacing the floor which was in a very bad shape and when the customer saw the big difference between the new ceramics floor and the existing old cabinets decided to change the cabinets too. Since their budget was small, I only used ¾” thick pine frame on the doors with a 1/8” groove to accept veneered plywood in the center. From start to finish it took me a total of 29 days work.

There is a possible new kitchen project and so far I think that they will go with some pretty expensive cabinets. In order to prepare myself I have these questions:

1. My router is 10 Amps. Is this big enough to do raised door panels?
2. Are the “matched set” stile and rail bits a good choice?
3. Do the vertical raised panel bits do a good job or it’s better to go with horizontal raised panel bits?
4. Is the horizontal raised panel bits with back cutters a good choice?
5. Are the Cathedral and Ached door templates a good investment or I should make my own?

Thank you
Nicolas
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There's a good discussion on point in the Bits section, I believe. Some prefer vertical to horizontal for raised panels, but Charles (from Freud) says the horizontal bits make a smoother cut. Your router might handle the vertical bits, but might have trouble with the horizontal ones, depending on the wood being used. The horizontal bits are quite large, and should be run at around 10,000 rpm, I think.

Matched sets for rails and stiles are much better than mis-matched sets.

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Nice job. I will be interested in seeing the answers to your questions. I'm thinking about doing the same on a couple of houses we own and have built a horizontal router table for that purpose.
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I use a horizontal table to make panels and have been happy with it. I have a big router that could handle the big bits. I have just been very satisfied with what I have.
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Hi Nicolas

1. Yes
2. Yes, it's a must
3. Do the vertical raised panel bits,Yes, But see below #4
4. Yes, if you are going to make Cathedral and Ached doors
5. Yes, buy a set

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I always loved the active construction work and during my retirement years I do renovation jobs because I like it plus to keep me busy and get some extra cash for my hobbies. My last project was a new kitchen as per attached photos. This project started by first replacing the floor which was in a very bad shape and when the customer saw the big difference between the new ceramics floor and the existing old cabinets decided to change the cabinets too. Since their budget was small, I only used ¾” thick pine frame on the doors with a 1/8” groove to accept veneered plywood in the center. From start to finish it took me a total of 29 days work.

There is a possible new kitchen project and so far I think that they will go with some pretty expensive cabinets. In order to prepare myself I have these questions:

1. My router is 10 Amps. Is this big enough to do raised door panels?
2. Are the “matched set” stile and rail bits a good choice?
3. Do the vertical raised panel bits do a good job or it’s better to go with horizontal raised panel bits?
4. Is the horizontal raised panel bits with back cutters a good choice?
5. Are the Cathedral and Ached door templates a good investment or I should make my own?

Thank you
Nicolas



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Thank you all

I'm happy that my 10A router is ok. If and when I finish this job, then I will be asking suggestions to buy a new baby.

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