Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Colorado Springs
First, I agree with poplar for the rails and stiles if you are going to paint the doors. You can use plywood for the panels but if you paint the doors the grain on most plywood is going to be visible through many layers of paint. One option is to use particle board or MDF for the panels to prevent this. You can actually cut the grooves and the tenons using a tablesaw and it will be very adequate, but a rail and stile bit set gives you the opportunity to add some flair to the doors. If you don't want to go that route, you can add some molding to the inside of the rails and stiles after the door is assembled. There are lots and lots of videos on youtube. Watch some videos until you are comfortable with whichever approach you are going to take. Before long you will be an expert. You may even decide to build some raised panel doors. You can do that on the table saw, too. Don't tell your wife. We don't want her getting the idea that she didn't need to buy the router.
Last edited by RogerInColorado; 03-12-2013 at 01:35 AM.