Hard time choosing a "shaker" panel bit

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Forum topic by toddbeaulieu posted 03-19-2011 01:49 PM 1802 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2011 01:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shaker panel router bit

Hi all!

It would not have occurred to me that I’d have this hard of a time buying a bit. Using it? Sure, I can understand that, but how hard is it to “add to cart”?

#1 My first purchase was an og Freud 2+2. Oops. The wife wants shaker panels.

#2 Ok, so next up I bought a Whiteside with a 1/2” bearing. Did some tests and immediately noticed that the tongue is questionably small, IMO at 1/4” or so. Showed it a knowledgeable carpenter neighbor and he noted the same thing. He suggesting swapping out the bearing to a smaller diameter to get more tongue (sounds fun, doesn’t it?).

#3 So I ordered a 1/4” bearing. Made sense to me at the time. Well, I needed a magnifying glass to find the bearing in the envelope. Not what I expected! And it does not fit on this bit. Hole’s too small. And the bit doesn’t have a ton of extra blade under the existing bearing, either.

So now what?

Do I buy a Freud 99-511? They don’t list the tongue length. I was going use a simple tonge/groove bit set for the rails and styles, thinking of a minimalist look. (this is after having bought a traditional rail/style set).

So it’s getting annoying to have several hundred $ in bits and still not have what I want!!!

Am I thinking about this the wrong way? I’m green, so kick me if I’m being silly!

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#1 posted 03-19-2011 01:52 PM

Here is a good selection to choose from, and the prices are very good.

Or their premium line


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#2 posted 03-19-2011 02:42 PM

Todd, before you spend more money, have a live chat with the boys at MLCS. They have a great shaker set at $114.00 including the drawer locking bits. (5 bits total) They can help you get the right bearing, I’m sure.

Look under the cabinetmakers sets.

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#3 posted 03-19-2011 02:50 PM

I have used the Sommerfeld Shaker set with excellent results. Check it out and see if will suit your needs.

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

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#4 posted 03-19-2011 06:29 PM

I used the MLCS #8684 on a set of panels for a cabinet I’m working on. I’m very happy with the results.

-- Don

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#5 posted 03-21-2011 01:44 PM

Thanks guys!

What is a standard “tongue” length (not sure if I’m using the right terminology) for insertion into the rails/styles? Why do you think the Whiteside would be so short?

Looking through the sites you pointed to …

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#6 posted 03-21-2011 02:44 PM

Isn’t it ironic that we are trying to figure out which power router bit we need to make shaker panels. (Shakers were the ultimate hand tool woodworkers but we see it as a style to be replicated with power tools!) I bet Shaker founder “Mother Ann Lee” is turning over in her grave! :)

NO- I am NOT saying it’s wrong to use power tools to make shaker furniture. I am just pointing out the irony!

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#7 posted 03-21-2011 02:46 PM

Southpaw- Those are BEAUTIFUL!

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#8 posted 03-21-2011 03:03 PM

if you dont want to spend any mor money you could do it all on a tablesaw cutting the grooves and tenons with a dado set

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#9 posted 03-21-2011 03:15 PM

Second on the Sommerfield set.

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