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Raised Panel Router Bits

Raised Panel Door Construction

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Choose stock size as appropriate for your project. For example, 3/4" x 2" stile & rails and 5/8" thick panels (without optional back cut) are common for cabinet doors. Use your stock size and door size to calculate the following:
Stile length = Door height
Rail length = Door width - width of both stiles + Interlock
Panel height = Door height - width of both rails + Interlock - Expansion
Panel width = Rail length - Expansion
Interlock = 3/4" (3/8" per side) on Whiteside full size Stile & Rail bits or 1/2" (1/4" per side) for Whiteside miniature Stile & Rail.
Expansion: Generally 1/8" on cabinet doors. Can vary with door size, green condition of wood, anticipated exposure to high humidity, and species of wood.
  Use the Stile bit to cut the entire length of the inside edge on both the stiles and the rails.
  Use the Rail bit to make the matching cross grain end cuts on the rails only.
  Use the Raised Panel bit to cut all four sides of each raised panel face down on the router table. Set Raised Panel bit height for proper tongue thickness. 
  Tongue should be 1/4" for the full size Stile & Rail bits or 5/32" for the miniature ones. Allow extra stock if you plan to use the optional back cutter.
  Use the Standard Glue Joint or biscuits for added strength when gluing up larger panels.
  Cut all components and test fit. Then glue up and reassemble. Glue only the stile and rail joints. The panel should be allowed to "float" to allow for expansion and contraction. You may choose to use anti-rattle snakes to prevent the panel from rattling. Make your own by running a 1/8" bead of 100% silicone caulk on wax paper. Allow to dry. Cut into pieces about 3/4" long. Insert in each groove at every corner while assembling. Check the door for squareness immediately after gluing up. It may also be helpful to pre-stain the raised panel because part of the concealed portion of the tongue may become visible later due to contraction. Complete the door by adding a door edge pattern around the outside edge.

Miniature Raised Panel Bits

1 3/4" Diameter - 1/2" Shank
Ball Bearing Guide

These raised panel bits offer a reducedflattern ideal for smaller projects. Available in your choice of cove or ogee profile shown below. To work with the miniature stile and rail bits, set bit depth to leave a 5/32" thick tongue. Leaves only a 3/8" panel reveal after assembly! Now you can use raised panel construction for small doors, chests, jewelry boxes, etc.

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Medium Raised Panel Bits

2 1/2" Diameter, 1-1/16" cutting depth (from bearing to tip of large diameter)* - 1/2" Shank
B3 Ball Bearing Guide

These bits cut a 1-1/16" wide pattern and are often used for general edge profiles in addition to raised panels. They can be used with the miniature or the full size stile and rail bits.  These Raised Panel bits have a 1/2" cut height and are recommended for 5/8" or 3/4" thick stock.  See our great selection of profiles available at left.

*5950 uses a different bearing and has a 1" cut depth.

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Large Raised Panel Bits

5900 Series - 2 wing - 3 1/4" Diameter, 1-3/8" Cut Depth (from bearing to the tip of the large diameter)
6000 Series - 3 wing - 3 3/8" Diameter, 1-7/16" Cut Depth (from the bearing to the tip of the large diameter)
1/2" Shank - B3 Ball Bearing Guide

These Raised Panel bits have a 1/2" cut height and are recommended for 5/8" or 3/4" thick stock.


Part Number
5900A 6000A
5900B 6000B
5900C 6000C
5900E 6000E
5900F 6000F
5900G 6000G
5900H 6000H

Large Raised Panel Bits With Back Cutter

2 wing (2+2) - 3 1/4" Diameter,  1-3/8" Cut Depth (from bearing to the tip of the large diameter)
1/2" Shank - Ball Bearing Guide

This Panel Bit with Back Cutter allows you to cut the Front Reveal and the optional Back Cut at the same time - and guarantees a 1/4" tongue in the process.

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Raised Panel Back Cutter

This bit offers a safe and economical way to make that optional backside cut on raised panels. It is suitable for use with any of our Raised Panel Bits. 1 3/4" large diameter with 1/2 shank. Order part #5850.

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