Probably the fastest and most dramatic way to makeover the look of your kitchen is to replace the cabinet doors. And, if you have a table saw and a few clamps, you can inexpensively create cove-style raised panel cabinet doors following these free woodworking plans.
Build your own raised panel doors using this complete step-by-step tutorial. Lot of pictures as well to help guide you through the process.
Whether you have existing kitchen cupboards or cabinets or intend installing brand new ones, making your own fronts to fit on them is a worthwhile option.
This is a link to a Google 3D SketchUp drawing for a raised panel door which can be constructed using a table saw and router table with stile and rail bits. You will need the SketchUp software to download this drawing and its freely available online.
I came up with an easier way to make large raised panels with continuous grain using veneered MDF and solid wood edging.
At the link scroll down the page and find Issue 32. I like to cut raised panels with the table saw, and there are a couple of thing, I do to end up with smooth, clean bevels and shoulders.
These frames use cope and stick joints at the corners, which give a strong tongue and groove joint and a mitered moulding look on the inside detail. A groove or rabbet is also created at the same time to hold a raised, flat, or glass panel.
Recently, I was making a project that called for raised panel doors. But instead of a flat bevel around the raised field, I wanted to make a coved edge. Since I do not own a shaper, I came up with another method using my table saw.
In this guide I am using the CMT Raised Panel Set. I am making a single raised panel pine door. If you are unsure on what sizes you need to cut the rail & stiles, I have made a Raised Panel door calculator – click here for more info!
I recently purchased the Sommerfeld Ogee Raised Panel router bit set. I have a shaper one-piece rail and stile cutter but decided the individual rail and stile bits, such as those in the Sommerfeld set would be a little easier to setup and use.