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Forum topic by Chris posted 09-08-2014 12:20 AM 1152 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-08-2014 12:20 AM

Topic tags/keywords: misson router bit amana question router

so am looking to spend some $$ and purchase the amana misson style router bit set for panel doors (Amana part #44539). was wondering if anyone had experience with these or suggestions on something else to look at prior to buying?

-- designer by education, wood working hack by choice

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#1 posted 09-08-2014 01:22 AM

If you have a table saw you get get essentially the same profile with a dado blade which gives you more options.

If you don’t have a tablesaw should still consider if you would ever create the panel with solid wood as opposed to plywood, which is a better choice IMO.

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#2 posted 09-18-2014 02:08 AM

yeah, i was thinking about with as simple as these are perhaps dado is the way to go… just thinking that router method may be easier.

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#3 posted 09-18-2014 03:06 AM

I just got done doing a kitchens worth of cabinets with the Freud mission set. Very similar except there is a bevel on the show side, so the profile is much more difficult to do on a table saw.

Here is my experience.

-they cut extremely fast. I was able to do a single pass on my 2.25 hp router.
-cut quality was ok, but good chip extraction was required for a good cut, or else the chips got caught up and tore up boards very badly. I wish the edges were more finished but it was easy to clean up with a block plane.
-setup was finicky because I have a crappy router table. Don’t do this unless you have some experience with large bits in your router and a decent table. My router vibrated itself down in the sleeve so the beginning cuts were right where I aligned them but by the end they were 1/32 lower!

If you have the above (decent router table, dust extraction, and some experience with large bits) I think this route is worth it. If I had one or two doors to do, though, I would find a way to make the table saw work.

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#4 posted 09-18-2014 09:33 AM

Just the country of origin on those Amana bits. They have some really nice cutters, but I’m hearing rumor that Amana may have shipped some of their mfg to China (rarely done as a quality improvement effort). Lots of great American and European made choices from Whiteside, Eagle America, Infinity, Freud, CMT, etc.

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