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Forum topic by geauxtiger posted 08-13-2013 03:50 PM 507 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2013 03:50 PM

Have not tried this and don’t have the bit. Does it work well if the drawer sidewalls are hardboard plywood?


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#1 posted 08-13-2013 04:04 PM

If you’re referring to the drawer lock joint, it works well with plywood. But I’ve never cut them with the router bit…I just got one a few weeks ago and haven’t used it yet. The ones I’ve always cut were just done on the TS with a dado blade; frankly it works so well I’m not sure why I bought the router bit (except that I got it on a clearance sale, so not much invested).

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#2 posted 08-13-2013 04:42 PM

For plywood joints, I would lean towards using the tablesaw. Cross-grain plywood cuts on the router table are always tricky, but it can be done.

Long-grain plywood cuts such as a 45 degree locking miter bit can be successful if it is high quality plywood without voids.

That said, I have switched to only using solid wood drawer sides. Poplar is widely available in my area, and the cost is comparable to premium grade plywood.

Best of luck with your project!

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