2-Wing VS 3-Wing Raised Panel Bits?

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Forum topic by BurtC posted 12-13-2011 03:02 AM 1104 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-13-2011 03:02 AM

I will be making my first ever Raised Panel kitchen cabinet doors soon. Will be making them out of hickory which I hear is one of the hardest and trickest wood to deal with. My question is: Should I purchase a 2-wing raised panel bit or a 3-wing bit? Looking at buying the WhiteSide 5900C (2-wing) or the 6000C (3-wing). I have the Bosch 1617 router in a Bosch table, so the 3.25” bit should be OK.
Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 12-13-2011 03:48 AM

You might look at the Freud ones too. They have 2 wings but with 2 more
wings for the outer rim of the cut.

Generally when raising panels with large bits on the router you want to take
lighter cuts and/or slow the router down because the rim speed is
real fast.

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#2 posted 12-13-2011 04:30 AM

Assuming the same feed rate, you’re taking 1.5 times as many cuts per inch with the 3-wing. More cuts per inch equals a smoother result, and less material for each cutting edge to chomp on. The result is that you can take deeper cuts. Theoretically, it also means the bit should last longer.

This is all theory. I have no idea if it’s actually the case in practice. I was going to get a Whiteside raised panel bit myself soon and was going with the 3-wing (6000B).

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#3 posted 12-13-2011 05:09 AM

+1 what Loren said. I bought one of the Freud Quadra cut bits and they are a dream. Like mentioned, make the panel in several passes and you will have a cut that barely needs any sanding. I did a kitchen with one of these bits and couldn’t have been happier with the results of the bit. Amazon has them about $20 off the retail price.

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#4 posted 12-13-2011 06:51 AM

I use infinity blades and bits cut great and not over priced. They are 2 wing, but cut very smooth. In my shop I cut raised panels usally in two passes and never had a problem with quality of cut.

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#5 posted 12-13-2011 01:32 PM

It’s hard to imagine that the Whiteside or Infinity sets wouldn’t be great, but the Freud 2+2 technology is an advantage.

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