|Review by mcase||posted 01-01-2014 11:05 PM||4396 views||0 times favorited||13 comments|
Don’t Confuse this with the previous posting on Freud Junk. This a different Lumberjock with his own Freud Junk story. It was funny logging on to find another member just posted about this. I guess I’m not alone in my recent sad experience with Freud. Let me start by saying that I own dozens of Freud router bits and several of their door making sets. I have used Freud products for years and have been completely satisfied with all the Freud products I have ever owned until now. I should also perhaps point out that I have been a carpenter and cabinet maker for years and downloaded the directions for this system and studied it thoroughly. The “New Premier Adjustable Rail and Stile System” is rife with inaccuracies. I encountered two major problems. The first is inherent in any system of adjustment involving shims – specifically that all shims based systems are far from accurate and never compare to fixed mated profiles. This Freud system is no exception. You find that your stub tenons are either too thin or slightly over size no matter which combination you try. In the end you have get it just a little too tight and then SAND THE TENONS TO FIT! No Thanks Freud I do not have time for this. Secondly, I found that even the fixed cutting edges were inaccurate. The cutters consistently cut a cope in which the profile was shy of the cut on the back of the cope. I have included a photo of the results of this. As you can see there is a gap where the rail meets the stile. The back is flush – it meets the stile before front edge because the cutters are not ground correctly. In order to bring get the coped profile to mate the stile you have two choices – crosscutting the back edge of the cope on a table saw or ripping a bit off the back edge off the stile. There is no excuse for this – you can’t say that this is a problem common to shim systems. This is just plain flawed and inaccurate work on the part of Freud. Needless to say – sanding tenons to fit and fiddling to get the cope and stick to mate is vastly time consuming and frustrating. I was using these on a set of cherry cabinets and was going to keep fiddling with them in order to finish the set, but gave up in disgust. I had to chuck hours and hours of work and material. Thanks Freud! Well forewarned is forearmed and at least other jocks can save themselves a lot of grief by buying some other brand. I took a photo of the Freud bits in the trash because that is where they belong.