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Forum topic by TechRedneck posted 06-28-2011 04:43 AM 1978 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TechRedneck

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06-28-2011 04:43 AM

Topic tags/keywords: box slotting bits

I am building some boxes and drawers and saw some box-slotting bits in the Lee Valley Catalog. They state that you clamp the frame together and chuck up the bit in the router table then run the frame around to cut the slot. This is supposed to ensure that all four slots are aligned and leaves no corner gaps.

I usually cut mine now on the table saw and if I don’t want the slot to show in the front I have to stop and finish by hand.

Question is, do they work? anybody use them?

http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?cat=1,46168,46176&p=47818

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle


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rance

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#1 posted 06-28-2011 05:08 AM

I use the 1/8” one for my dovetail boxes before they are glued up. I use it as a groove, not a rabbet. And since they are not mitered corners, I have to make them stop cuts and finish with a chisel.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 06-28-2011 05:17 AM

I’ve never used those but I’ve used standard slot cutting bits with
a larger bearing to do the same thing. It works great. With the
Lee Valley bits you could almost skip squaring the corners with
a chisel (or dubbing off the corners of the bottom panel).

I sometimes use the table saw to do slots and sometimes a slot
cutter. I have no particular preference – what I do at the time
has mostly to do with workflow and how I’ve got machines set
up at the time.

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#3 posted 06-30-2011 04:34 AM

Thanks for the feedback. I think I am going to give them a try.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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