I've seen some Freud raised panel router bit sets offered with an
accompanying video on making the best use of them. The set I bought
recently hadn't got the option of an included video. Has anyone seen
this video and can say whether it's worth tracking down?
I don't know that particular one but did get the CMT one with one of
their sets of cutters. That one is reasonably good, showing use of
both their horizontal and vertical panel raising cutters.
Are you looking for a general "how to" reference for making frame and
panel doors? Are you planning to make cope and stick frames or
I can recommend a couple of books on that if it would be of interest.
My initial impression on this subject was, just buy the cutters and
away we go, easi-peasi. Then I did some reading on web forums about a
range of mainly US-centric sets of cutters and the difficulties some
people were having, shimming the spacings between cutter sections.
It seems that this operation was made more difficult by the fact that
no configuration of the supplied shims would produce a match up in
That's when I decided I'd go to the extra expense of buying Freud
cutters. It's also when I became aware of the video, which when
considering the trials and tribulations I'd read about, was a very
desirable piece of kit.
I've managed to find a couple of fairly comprehensive PDF files which
probably cover similar ground to the video but I think moving pictures
and sound might help increase my understanding.
I realise that there are a couple, or more, construction methods that
can be used. I'n the past I've always used mortice and tenon joints
when making these doors by hand but I'll be quite happy to give the
cope and stick method a go, especially if it means less work. :-)
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