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02-07-2009 09:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig router milling arts and crafts

I’m building an Arts & Crafts style desk and, afetr reading “Stickley-Style Legs” in an old (1997) issure of Fine Woodworking by Patrick nelson, I decided that using a lick miter bit to mill the legs would be the way to go. I purchased a bit on ebay (probably most of the problem) ans set up the fixtures to mill the pieces. The results were terrible. I tried both mdf and ash blanks to match the actual oak pieces and got profiles that would not, in any way match.

Now the quandry. If I but a good bit (recommendations appreciated), can I expect to make this work? Thanks for any help that you can offer.

Mike Porter

-- measure once, cut once, swear, start over

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#1 posted 02-08-2009 12:03 AM

I have used the lock miter bit from Infinity Tools and had good luck with it. I love their bits and have very good performance from all of their profiles that I use. I think with a good bit, set up correctly for it, you cold get a nice job for your table legs.

Click Here to see the Infinity Lock Miter Bit

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#2 posted 02-08-2009 12:48 AM

it is imperative to set the height correctly and feed with pressure in against the fence practice on some scrap til you get it right then go for it with good timber.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 02-08-2009 01:43 AM


Thanks. I measured the bit and the milled piece and the problem is that the bit is cutting a thicker spline than groove. The difference is 0.111 vs. 0.122”. This is reflected in the carbide on the bit. My bad for trying to “save money” on the bit. I’ve ordered one from Infinity, so I should only loose a few days.

Thanks again.


-- measure once, cut once, swear, start over

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