Panel Raising of Sorts

Having finished carving the panels a few days ago, I now set about fitting them to the frame. The groove-plane from my tongue and groove set, places a 3/16″ wide groove along the edge of a board, 3/16″ from the face. I used this plane to groove the rails and muntins of the face frame. I wanted my 3/4″ carved panels to be recessed by 3/8″. This precluded me using the tongue-plane from the set. I proceeded by forming 1/2″ x 1/2″ rebates on the perimeter of the panels.

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Using a skew rebate plane, I deepened the rebates by a heavy 1/16″.

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A quick check with a grooved hardwood block helped assure a proper fit.

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With the panels recessed by 3/8″ meant they protruded into the inside of the chest by the same amount. The sharp edges were remedied by chamfering the edges.

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The panels on the back of the chest will be formed in the exact same way. , except with the flat side to the interior and the chamfers to the exterior.

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