I am thinking of purchasing a set and am undecided whether to buy a set that
includes a panel bit with undercutting or one without. What do folks like
the best? I have had pretty good luck with Katana bits and am going to stay
Thanks for your opinions.
I use Whiteside, made in USA , they have the highest Vickor rating of all
router bits studied., which means they stay sharp longer. I don't care for
the back cutters much, when routing arch top door panels ,you either have
to remove excessive material or swop out for a larger bearing. When using a
reg panel raiser, simply raise bit a little at a time till you get to the
If you purchase quality raised panel cutter , you should be able to remove
the back cutter. You would either have to install a bearing, or use your
fence for straight cuts.
Or, you can also, for non-standard operation as somebody else
complained, use the back cutter separately from the paired set.
I personally like the touch the back cutter leaves better than the
square rabbet but that's preference, nothing more...
Simply lower the panel cutter ,after flipping door over, and set to desired
thickness, leaves a good looking back cut. Also try milling raised panel
to 5/8", usually no back cutting needed, also reduces some excess weight
from finished door.
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