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Forum topic by Redoak49 posted 04-17-2015 11:51 AM 1112 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-17-2015 11:51 AM

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I need a lock miter bit and was looking at prices. I normally use Freud or Whiteside bit but am looking at the MLCS Katana bit as it is lower cost.

Does anyone have experience with the Katana bits and what do you think?

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#1 posted 04-17-2015 12:14 PM

Readoak, goofy good intarsia!!! WOW Man!!!

I bought the Amana one with their set up jig for $150, I have a few Katana bit’s and no real complaints…

I’ve got to tell you to really consider how strong the “Need” is. I bought one for my candle stand project and thought it’d be the neatest thing every time i looked at one in the magazines. What I found is that it takes a ridiculous amount of set up and if you’re going to do short pieces like drawer/box sides you’ll need to build a clamping saddle jig for over your fence because you can’t hand hold a piece to cut the vertical. My project was box columns and while it worked, I have done the same thing with 45* bevels just as well. It is a huge spinning scary bit too!.

Oh, another lesson learned from my project for the 4 sides, do not put a different profile on each side, 2 opposites sides need to have the same edge profile, so that you can get clamp pressure, I cut each piece with a flat profile on e one side and vertical on the other, each clamp applied tried to twist the box, so each clamp had to be opposedand then tightened gradually….

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#2 posted 04-17-2015 12:37 PM

Go to Infinity tools.com and get the lock miter master jig to make setup a breeze and the lock miter bit for the thickness of stock you will be using.

I have used the jig and went from multiple test cuts and trial and error to setting it up in one shot with the jig. The jig is good for any thickness of stock that the lock miter bit will cut.

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#3 posted 04-17-2015 12:40 PM

The Katana bits I’ve used are pretty good. A step up from MLCS, but not at the level of Infinity or Whiteside.

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#4 posted 04-17-2015 01:48 PM

I have quite a few Katanas. All have performed adequately. No complaints. However, my lock miter bits are all Freud.
I wish I had bought the Whiteside or Infinity bits. The Freuds are no better than the Yonicos they replaced.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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