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How to Create a Raised-Panel Door Using a Shaper

As its name suggests, the shaper -- essentially a router with added power -- is a tool used to shape wood. Use these step-by-step instructions to make a raised-panel door using a shaper.

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make raised panel door using shaper
  • Time

    1 hour

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Cut the Pieces of Wood

Install the raised-panel cutter on the arbor of the shaper (Image 1). Adjust the fence so that the blade just clears it. This will ensure that the most stock possible will be riding on the fence.

Turn on the shaper. Using a push stick, pass the square/rectangular pieces of wood through the cutter (Image 2). Make one pass for each side of the wood.

Step 2: Install the Stile-Cutter Blades

Unplug the shaper. Remove the fence, and use an open-ended wrench to loosen the arbor lock nut.

Following the manufacturer's instructions carefully, install the stile-cutter blades, making sure all spacers and collars are in place.

Reinstall the fence, and raise the stile-cutter blades so they cut the appropriate profile in the stiles and rails. Send each stile and rail through the shaper once.

use open ended wrench to loosen arbor lock nut

Step 3: Cut the Rails and Finish the Door

Replace the stile-cutter blades with rail-cutting blades. Use these blades to cut the ends of each rail so they fit tightly into the stiles.

After cutting all the parts, glue only the joints where the stiles and rails fit together. Do not glue the panel into the joint: it needs to be able to move.

Paint or stain the door as desired and install.

glue joints where stiles and rails fit together