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Forum topic by pikas posted 02-24-2009 07:37 AM 1675 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2009 07:37 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router bits maple poplar kitchen doors finishing

Hey guys. I’m relatively new to woodworking. I’m remodeling my kitchen cabinet doors and I was curious what brand I should go with when it comes to router bits? Which type of wood do you guys recommend I use for this porject: Poplar? or maple? I’m was thinking of doing Cathedral style doors. I hope to read some of your comments soon. Thanks.


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#1 posted 02-25-2009 08:39 PM

There are lots of good bit sets out there for making raised panel doors. I like the Infinity bits as I have had exceptional performance from them, they stay sharp and cut clean.
If you are going to paint the cabinets, poplar is fine. If you are going to stain them NEVER use poplar. You will hate yourself before you are done, or tear them down and make maple ones….
I have a story on making arched panel doors at the link below that might be of some help.

Building Arched Panel Doors

-- Tom Hintz,

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#2 posted 02-25-2009 08:39 PM

For router bits, the really good ones are very expensive compared to the ok ones. The big brand names are for the most part all great bits. It is surprising sometimes that the cheap ones will work well but not for very long. As for you type of wood, that has to be up to you and how you want your doors to look like. Poplar is used often as a secondary wood but is good for exposed surfaces if you like the looks of it, (I do for one). Maple, you can very seldom go wrong with but it is pricey.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 03-03-2009 03:08 AM

thanks for your replies

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