|Forum topic by toddbeaulieu||posted 03-19-2011 01:49 PM||1544 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
03-19-2011 01:49 PM
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!