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Kent Shepherd

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#1 posted 11-11-2010 04:41 PM

I have run panels both ways, but prefer running them face up. It is extremely difficult to get the correct thickness on the edge that fits into the stile groove.

You have a point about the safety, but there are other factors to consider. We use a hold down jig for arches, power feed and guards for sraight cuts. Interesting, we had numerous accidents years ago when we ran them face down. but rare since we switched. It is easy to tilt the panel into the cutter face down, because of the width of cut you are making. Running face up, the work is always supported at the cutter.

You can get custom cutters made if it is worth the expense to you. That way you can choose the rotation.
There may be a reason you can’t find stock cutters like that anymore.


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