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Blog entry by joebazooka posted 10-07-2010 03:57 PM 694 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

well I wanted to be in the wood working field an now that I am I feel like I am at a loss of what to do. You ever get that deer in the headlights feeling? I am there with the car approaching fast. I am working on a set of cabinets but I can’t figure out what to charge for them, and I am at a point where I am not sure how to proceed. I can’t seem top get a tight joint on the rail an stile for the panel door. everything else is text book perfect, so again I come to my wood working Brothers and Sisters to seek help with this problem. I probably should of gone right to Larry Degoose cause we all know he does it perfect every time. LOL Sorry I had to jab him it has been a while, but he is a great wood worker as are the rest of you, that’s why I value your advice. Can’t wait to read what you have, Thanks JoeBazooka

-- Robert-maine



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joebazooka

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#1 posted 10-07-2010 04:20 PM

No I have no pics yet I will take some today. I haven’t even done the panel, I am trying to dry fit the rail and stiles before I cut the panel so I have the right measurments

-- Robert-maine

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#2 posted 10-07-2010 04:26 PM

What type of set-up are you using to manufacture your rail & stiles? Router table? 2 pc R&S set or a convertible bit set (I personally don’t care for these, very tough to get dialed in)? Or just a simple table saw set-up with a mortise & tenon for a shaker style?
Test your joints with scraps, I usually tweek the height and fence on my stile pcs (the cut running along the panel) to match the cope cut on the end of the rail. Make sure these fit tight to be sure it is not a panel problem as shopguryl mentioned. Also a quality bit set is a must. I prefer Sommerfield, CMT, or Freud. I thrown out cheaper bit sets because of poor quality of the 2 pc sets not matching perfectly, which makes getting a tight joint impossible.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#3 posted 10-07-2010 08:59 PM

I know you don’t want to hear this but I have two routers set up…. one for the cope and one for the stick.. ie a router for each bit for each job… and I have these dialled in for a perfect joint…. that said I usually have to do a few test cuts each time I start a new project..These bits a matched in the factory… I used a single bit set that had to be rearrange for each job and got sick of not getting it right…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#4 posted 10-07-2010 09:06 PM

I have a similiar setup as deguse. I am fortunate to have three router tables. I set up two with the rail & stile bits and one with the panel bit. This way I can tweek whatever to get everything nice and snug. Unfortunately I have to try and make a livng at this and need every advantage in setups as I can get. I’m still a long way from any kind of “production shop”.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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