In my continuing saga to try to use my rail and stile set to create a groove
that 1/4" plywood these days will fit snugly into, I'm strongly considering
getting the carbide ground from about .220" to about .195". If I'm not nuts
to consider this, where might I send the bit to be modified?
If the groove is cut by a slot cutter that is a separatre part of the
can you buy another slot cutter that is narrower?
An alternative might be to iron on some veneer edge banding
around the inside edge of the plywoodpanel to make it fit a bit tighter
in the standard slot.
It is separate. I've looked high and low for another slot cutter that would
work. If anyone knows of a cutter that goes on an 8mm arbor, cuts a 3/16"
slot, and has a 1.75" diameter, please let me know.
There's all kinds of ways to "make it work" after the fact. I've got a lot
of doors to make, and I'd like to save myself a lot of retrofitting, if
possible. Thanks for the suggestions.
If it were me, and a cursory search for a new slot cutter failed, I
would so one of these things:
Remove the slot cutter from the set and make two passes, one with the
modified bit sans slot cutter, then a second pass with something like
that new amana adjustable slot cutter.
Or, more likely, I would step up to 3/8" ply for the panels and rebate
the edges to exactly 1/4". That would be real fast with a stacked dado
set in a table saw.
If this groove is for panels to slide into on the rails and stiles of
doors - as I think you're doing, leave the groove as is and use "Space
Balls". Place two in each groove and they keep the panel centered and keep
it from rattling. You can make your own spacers from silicon but using the
space balls is a lot easier and they work as advertised.
I'm familiar with Spaceballs. I see how they would work to keep the panel
from rattling "up and down" and "side to side". But since they don't take
up any of the space in the direction perpendicular to the face of the panel,
I wonder if they would still allow the panel to move "in and out".
They are under compression when installed - the panel is not going to move.
You're only talking of .025" difference, not the Grand Canyon. You'll loose
some of that difference when you apply finish also.
If this 1/4" grove is cut by the rail and stile bit. DON'T DO IT. If you
make the slot smaller you will have to make the mating side of the rail bit
cut a narrower tennon to fit the stile grove. That is basically impossible
as you will have to add carbide.
Just shim the back side of the panel if it fits too loosely in the slot.
Just about any shop that sharpens bits, saw blades and the like. Check
your yellow pages.
Don't try to make the fit too snug or you'll play hell trying to get the
ply into the groove. Even with a sloppy fit is is sometimes difficult
(depending on size of panel). Easing the ply edges helps a lot...I use
a 4 in hand (shoemaker's) rasp.
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Todd, It's only a few bucks to have a local saw sharpener grind the slot
cutter a few thou smaller. As you said, the opposing bit is adjustable as
well. OTOH, making a shim for the back of the slot is pretty easy as well.
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