Yes, I have used a CMT set with good results. I use a fence with a couple of
removable sub fences and do the task in 3 or 4 passes. IMHO doing them freehand
with a starting pin would be difficult if not impossible to end up with a decent
edge. Cheers, JG
A fence is a must.
Use feather boards as well.
1/8" passes with a final pass of less then 1/16".
Adhere to manufactures recommended speed setting. I use the Freud bits ,
they say not to exceed 12,000rpm.
Don't try this free handed.
For straight cuts use the fence and be sure to start with the large
bearing for the shallow cut. I made zero clearance inserts out of MDF
for all my rail, stile, and RP bits.
For arched panels, clamp a straight board in front of the starting pin
for additional support. You'll have to make a continuous pass around
"the corner" from the left edge of the raised panel to the arch in order
not to get a massive kick-back and tear-out at the left corner of the
arch. It's nigh impossible to start at the corner because of the
tendency of the corner to catch. DAMHITK. When you finish the arch,
you can stop the cut and then position the right side of the panel next
to the straight edge and cut it separately. Same holds true for the
bottom of the panel.
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