Matched Rail and Stile Bits Vs. Single Bits

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Forum topic by FunnelStudio posted 04-26-2009 03:16 AM 1452 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-26-2009 03:16 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question router bits


I’ve looked at this site for awhile, but have yet to actually out words on it.

I am looking into making some cabinet doors, and have been looking at bits for a while. I thought the only thing that would be hard was deciding which style, but now, I’m not sure if I want to get a Matched Bit set or a Single Bit, and hence, here I am, looking for advice, as Googling “are matched or single bits better” did not yield anything of value. And yes, I like to ask google questions whenever I can.

So, here is the question: Have you (yes, you) ever used one or both types, and which one works better & faster as far as set up? Does one give a more solid cut than the other? Am I being OCD? I have some reservations about the single bit, and I envision me using one and having the knives fly off and take my face off…but it seems more apt to a quick set-up change.

Anyway, I am going to stop talking now.


-- -Shaun M. Baer,

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#1 posted 04-26-2009 04:05 AM

I’ve not done very many doors – but I decided on a set of bits. Set up was a breeze. I don’t think I’d try the single bits, but that’s just me. I like my set. Good luck and welcome to LJ’s!

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#2 posted 04-26-2009 04:35 AM

Go with the matched sets.

It’s a lot easier to go back and forth between the bits.

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#3 posted 04-26-2009 04:38 AM

Shaun, I have only used a matched set. Set-up with a matched set is pretty straight-forward although the bits had to be shimmed to tighten up the joints but this is fairly normal with rail and stile bits. Here is a pretty good tutorial created by Marc Spagnolo which explains how to do raised panel doors.

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#4 posted 04-26-2009 04:38 AM

Go with the stacked set that cuts both the cope and the sticking without changing the bit. You will need a sled for the rails. Changing bits is a drag. Woodline Arizona is a great place to get bits.

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#5 posted 04-26-2009 04:40 AM

Just try and buy American made bits and you’ll always be satisfied.

-- David,

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#6 posted 04-26-2009 08:34 AM

When I was new to making frame & panel door, my first bits were matched rails & stiles. Like Karson said, cutting the rail or stiles in either order is very easy.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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