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mbs

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758 days ago

I have 3/16” thick plywood panels to put in the dado on bi-fold doors. Would you use a 1/4” BitTorrent make the dado or would that be too sloppy of a fit? There aren’t too many options for a 7/32” bit since I need to use a slot cutter with a pilot bearing.

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#1 posted 758 days ago

Easiest way I can think of is to make the cut in 2 passes on a router table. Use a 1/8” bit and make the first cut, then raise the bit 3/32 (or whatever your test cut determines to be the best fit), and make a second cut. If you have one of those digital height gauges, it is easy to make this a repeatable setup – just keep a record of the 2 heights.

Another way would be to make the slot 1/8” and then use the slot cutter to trim the thickness of the edge of the plywood panels just far enough back from the edge that it is entirely hidden in the groove. This would give a tight fit even if there was some slight variance in the thickness of the plywood.

-- Lee - Phoenix, AZ

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#2 posted 758 days ago

I think you’ll need more band width for a “1/4” BitTorrent”.

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#3 posted 757 days ago

I was trying to avoid making multiple passes but I think it’s the best way to do it.

thanks.

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#4 posted 757 days ago

You could do that with a biscuit jointer router bit in multiple passes.
You’d find uses for the biscuit jointer bit after your job is done.

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#5 posted 757 days ago

Another option would be to get Freud’s adjustable tongue & groove bit set. It adjusts for grooves from 7/32-3/8

-- Lee - Phoenix, AZ

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