Grooving The Door Components

This lessons objectives:

  • How to layout the grooves
  • How to avoid misalignment
  • Grooving by Hand (Plough Plane)
  • Grooving by Machine (Router Table)

In this video, we get started on constructing the frame and panel door. Firstly, we need to begin by grooving the internal faces of the frame to accept the panel.

I'll cover two different methods of cutting the grooves. Firstly, using a plough plane (sometimes referred to as a plow plane) Secondly, I'll show you how to achieve the same result using a router table fitted with a slotting cutter.

The latter option is my preference when cutting grooves as I can get an extremely clean and accurate finish. But the hand tool method is most likely easier to setup and quicker if only grooving one door.

Supporting Material

Click the images below to see supporting material helping you with this part of the project.

Using a Rebate Plane

A plough plane is much the same as using a rebate plane. Short strokes and even pressure is the key. Learn how to do it here!

using a Tormek to re-grind the chisel

Sharpening a Chisel

A plough plane blade is relatively thin, thus is much the same as sharpening a chisel. Learn how to sharpen one here!

Using a Marking Gauge

You must ensure your marking gauge lines are perfectly straight when laying out the groove. This is how to do it properly!

Have you got the plans yet?

Package includes working drawings, a cutting list, and a 3d SketchUp model!

The Student Series

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