Don't know if there is an efficient way to do this, but I though it would be interesting to start a discussion about what techniques others have determined to be the most effective.
For example, I was building a bathroom cabinet and wanted to use rail and panel construction. Reading one of the wood mags I noticed a project that had doors similar to what I was planning on using.
Real simple construction
Cut your rails and stiles
Using a 1/4" slot cutter on your router table cut slots on the inside edge of all the pieces and across the each end of the rails
Cut your plywood to fit the groves
Make "floating tenons" out of the same plywood you used to make the door panel. These fit into the end of the rails and the slot on the stile not filled by the panel
Glue up, you're done.
Sorry, no pics just thought about this idea and the door was built last spring.
The downside of this technique is that you see the floating tenon on the edge of the door. But for many cabinet applications this shouldn't be a distraction and certainly not if you're going to paint something.
I think it is quicker/safer than cutting the slots on a table saw and making a snub tenon on the rails
So what particular techinques have you found useful? And why?
PS if this makes sense maybe we can set up a sub forum with categories like
making arches (I think Tod's post covers this)