|Review by Edward83||posted 10-19-2010 09:21 PM||4755 views||0 times favorited||13 comments|
I saw this while looking through the router bits at Lowes. I never heard of of a lock miter router bit and feeling adventurous I decided to drop the thirty dollars for it in hopes of upping my abilities to build a better quality box.
I read the instructions and set it up in my router table. The instructions suggest having a few pieces to practice on, and believe me they weren’t kidding. It says that you can use it on boards up to 3/4 in. but I would do it a little shy. The nature of adjusting a hair one way or the other might drive you mad, I am a patient man but it’s cutting it just to close for me.
After some practice and trouble shooting I built two jigs for my router table just for this bit, one to run it through flat against the table and another to run a board upright along the fence. In the beginning I had a little trouble with tear out beause of the fact that you are trying to router the end grain of your woods. This was easily remedied by running the wood backwards through the router table for about a half inch then running it through regularly.
I really like this bit because it it made gluing a mitered corner a lot easier. I run the sides of the box one way and then the front and back the other way. The fact that they lock together means less clamping pressure needed and more gluing surface for stronger joints.
If you are like me and box building is more than a hobbie then I would say this bit is well worth it. It took some practice to use but once I was able to unleash it’s potential it earned it’s way as a valuable tool that I look forward to using more often and discovering and rediscovering the different things it can be used for!
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