First mortise/tenon #3: freud raised cabinet bits arrive

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 03-05-2009 04:36 AM 940 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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UPS delivered these today along with a new aluminum router plate for the new bosch 2 1/4 hp router combo kit. I hope this all works. The raised panel bit looks quite formidable. Can’t wait for the credit card bill too. On my way to my first door. Scary.

I’ll do a review right now: The bosch router and the Freud bits will work great. At these prices they’ve got to so that’s that!

Actually, I’m a couple of days away from making them. I’ve got all my rails and stiles flattened, cut, and planed. My 3/4 oak is now slightly thinner. I hope the bits still work with a bit thinner wood. Well we’ll find out. I’ve got to route a wider opening in my router table top to fit the new aluminum plate I’ve gotten. Then I have to get up the nerve to put wood to these monsters. I’ll let you know. Of course I’m making the whole thing in pine first.

I’d like to thank everyone. This “Mystery” of making this stuff is slowly unravelling and becoming clear just by reading your blogs and project explanations and following the links you’ve found to assist and posting.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 03-05-2009 07:48 AM

Make sure that you use the panel raiser at a reduced speed and make light cuts until you reach the final depth. Also, do the ends of the panel first to help minimize tearout. Use a sled to help hold the rails and stiles when cutting the end grain. You may also want to look at the Bench Dog panel raising hold down. It mounts to the fence and holds the panel down and protects your hands from the bits.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#2 posted 03-05-2009 02:34 PM

Wow…that panel raising bit looks intimidating…especially if you are running it on a router table…thats a big bit!


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John Gray

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#3 posted 03-05-2009 06:57 PM

I’d take MedicKen’s advice above!!
I’ve also added this link to Bench Dog Panel-Locâ„¢ Panel Cutting Guide REVIEWS, MAKE SURE YOU READ THE REVIEW.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#4 posted 03-05-2009 10:03 PM

Daniel, Looks like a nice set. Does it come with a larger bearing for the panel bit? I have the CMT Door set. Like MedicKen said, definitely run at a slower speed. I used scrap pieces for my first try. Also you may want to get some UHMW to make set up blocks with. They will save you time when ever you set up the bits the next time.

-- Rick

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#5 posted 03-05-2009 10:06 PM

Ditto on MedicKen’s advice. That’s a big hunk of steel that will be spinning. Run it slow.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#6 posted 03-05-2009 11:27 PM

MedicKen, Yes I saw all of those things in the directions and the video that Freud sends. The sled definitely looks like a good idea.

Brad, That bit does look intimidating. my door is smaller and I wonder if I might have been better off with the smaller one. This one is designed for standard raised panel cabinets. I’ll be making two smaller doors. But when I ordered it I thought if it worked I’d probably end up using this one more in the long run.

Rick. the shaft is 1/2 inch of corse but the bearing is what it comes with.. that’s it. I don’t know if a larger one can be pruchased.

To those who’ve sent me private mail indicating that they use these all the time. Well for someone who doesn’t it’s going to be like “duck under the table while I turn it on” the first time. I’ve never had anything in my router larger than 3/4” before. And it’s going to be the slooooow setting the first time too.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#7 posted 03-05-2009 11:36 PM

Daniel, I am glad to see you are attempting your first doors. Plaese follow MedicKens advise and be sure to slow down that big baby.Always remember, the bigger the bit in circumference, the slower the speed on your router. I had a guide that told you what RPM to run your router for differnt bits. If your information from Freud does not tell you, pm me and I’ll try to get you the information.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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