|Review by T. D. Reid||posted 03-01-2012 02:46 AM||5380 views||11 times favorited||18 comments|
This is a great bit that I am using to make Arts and Craft style legs with so that they show quarter sawn white oak on all four sides. The instructions also say that you can use it to build boxes or make drawers but I have not attempted these procedures. The bit comes in two sizes one for use on stock 1/2 -3/4 of an inch and the one I purchased for use on 3/8 – 1/2 inch stock. Now during the set up I did not realize that the bit that I had purchased was meant for use on the thinner stock and I had planned my stock to 3/4 inch. Small print sucks and I spent about an hour trying to figure out what was wrong before I set back down with the instruction and figured it out. I then had to move my shop around to plan a 1/4 inch off of 16 boards for the legs and eight test boards. 3 and one half hours later I was set up for production and routed the joints in a very quick thirty minutes. In Lee Valley defense they warn you up front that set up the first time takes some time and if you buy the correct bit it’s not that bad. I kept the test piece for the next time I use the bit even though it’s not necessary because the PDF on the web site of the instructions provided make it very easy. One important warning is to make sure that all your stock is the same thickness. I had one side that was just a tad thin and it looked bad and I had to cut a new one. I could not be happier with purchasing this bit unless they gave it to me for free. You can purchase it the Lee Valley web site for $50.80. When you put the joint together dry for a test fit its snug no slop and you could use tape as your clamps when you do the glue up. Best of all is that it shows rays on all four sides from the quarter sawn white oak just as G Stickley intended. I cannot emphasize enough that when you look at these pictures to keep in mind that these legs are not yet glued together and stay together standing up while I took the pictures. Try that on a flat 45 degree angle without glue or while gluing it up. Thanks for the opportunity to review this bit for you and I hope that it helps you when choosing this item for your shop. Cheers.
-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd