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How to Use a Glass Panel Router Bit Set

Use these step-by-step instructions to make a frame that holds glass. A glass panel router bit set is used to complete the project.

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  • Time

    1 hour

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Cut the Rails and Stiles

The panel is made up of two long pieces (stiles) with two shorter pieces (rails) between them (Image 1). The pieces are cut so that the ends fit together. The inside edges have a profile that holds the glass within the frame. The glass drops into a rabbet in the back and is held in place by filler strips. The filler strips are cut by the bit set at the same time as the rails and stiles.

Set up the first bit on the router, then cut the rails and stiles (Image 2).

Step 2: Cut the Rails and Filler Strips

Use the second bit to cut the ends of the rails so they will match the stiles.

Cut filler strips off the rails and stiles with a table saw, then put the rails and stiles together to form the panel.

Step 3: Position the Glass

Slide glass into panel and position filler pieces behind the glass.

make a frame that holds glass.