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Forum topic by omextreme posted 10-16-2012 01:31 PM 1482 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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omextreme

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10-16-2012 01:31 PM

About to start on some bathroom cabinets for our remodel. I have NO experience with raised panel bit sets and have seen the Freud 97-258 on sale for $95 at rockler and MLCS version is about 116…. Both essentially 3 piece sets

Thoughts? I am not going to be building a whole lot of cabinets but hate to buy the wrong bit. Probably going to be building out of maple if we go stained or poplar if we go painted.

Thanks
Adam


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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 10-16-2012 01:41 PM

Hi Adam,

At one time we used to build our doors using a router table and a Freud cabinet door set. While it is not the set you mention, we probably made several hundred doors with it, without ever having them sharpened.

My experience with their bits is they are very good, and hold an edge for a long time. The shaper cutters we have from them are also very good.

Lee

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#2 posted 10-16-2012 03:45 PM

MLCS makes decent import “value” bits. Freud makes premium bits. If you can buy a Freud bit for anywhere near the price of a comparable MLCS bit, bet the Freud. The Freud panel raisers also use their 2+2 technology, which works extremely well.

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 10-16-2012 05:02 PM

Those Freud panel raisers have the 4 wing cutter and cut much better than the 2 wing cutters that most others sell. Those rail/stile bits are fantastic! They allow you to adjust for a longer tenon on heavy doors if you need. I used that feature on them earlier this year, it really works well. In your case, those bits are cheaper…sounds like a no-brainer to me.

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#4 posted 10-16-2012 05:10 PM

I agree to the Freud, definately a nice set of bits, also here is a little video I did, that can make the job go faster and easier on your bits http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-q7dfMLxcY

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omextreme

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#5 posted 10-16-2012 05:48 PM

Thanks for the video, Never would have thought of that. I have ordered the freud set.

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#6 posted 10-16-2012 09:57 PM

Freud over mlcs any day.
Whitesides and cmt are top shelf too.

MLCS bits are ok, but throwaways.

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