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    Shaker doors

    Looking to pick up a set of shaker door bits? What degree looks the best? Eagle has a 15, 22 1/2 and a 45 degree bevel listed.
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    Angle for the styles and rails or the panels? The style and rail bit set I used for my kitchen are 15 degree angle and I opted for flat panels instead of raised

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    Tom, the way it looks is for the panels. It would also be the angle of the stile and rail cut, from the way it looks.
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    22.5...let me set up my bandsaw for that......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Burr View Post
    22.5...let me set up my bandsaw for that......
    Thanks for the offer Jim, but I might be better off tackling this myself
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    Sure...one little booboo and Im branded for life
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    I have the 15 degree one and the 22.5, but I like the 15 the best and most pepole choice that one.

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    I'm sure it's whatever is most pleasing to your own eye but all the antique Shaker stuff that I own the panels are flat. I don't know if that is indicitive of all Shaker furniture though.
    Maybe Ken will chime in. He is pretty much the Shaker expert around here.
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    I dunno, I don't think they used router bits at all.

    Some of the doors had slightly curved raised panels, gently shaped with a plane no doubt. Others varied quite a bit. I think if you do it as if you had a thousand years to live, and might die tomorrow, you'll get it right.

    This one in the middle is from Hancock Shaker Village, MA.

    The other two are from Pleasant Hill, Kentucky

    Bob do you really own some real Shaker pieces?
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails door2 small.jpg   Hancock door small.jpg   door1 small.jpg  

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    You bet Ken. A Tall clock, 5 or 6 chairs, and several cabinets, tables & dry sinks.
    Everything appraised and authenticated. All are from the late 1700's to early 1800's. Some colonial peices date back to the early to mid 1700's. Larry was amazed at the tall clock and cobblers bench when he was here.

    My mother was an avid shaker and early American collector. Her home was featured in Better Homes and Gardens a couple of times. She also made her own braided rugs.

    When she passed I got quite a bit of her furniture. I'll dig up some pictures if you like. Or better yet, stop by and see them whenever you are in the area
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