Individual bits are easy to set up. first you cut the copes and then
pull the bit out and replace it with the other bit. Adjusting the
height is simply a matter of placing the coped piece up to the second
bit and matching the tongue to the groove. That way the rails and
stiles will be flush with one another. Beats undoing the cutter. I
HATE swapping bearings on my raised panel bits but there's no way I'm
gonna use a 3-1/2" cutter in one pass. I can't use the fence to reduce
depth of cut on a cathedral panel!
Could the statement be somewhat bassackwards?
Maybe should read:
1) Set the bit to the desired height.
2) Set the fence so none of the bit sticks out of it
3) Gradually expose a portion of the bit and make a pass
4) Repeat step 3 until the guide bearing is flush with the face of the fence.
Precutting on the TS cuts out a lot of the repetitiveness.
| >> Try cutting shallower and raising the bit to the finished height.
| > No can do with a back cutter on the bit.
| Precut the angle on the table saw, finish in one pass with a two piece
Only the part about "raised panel bit."<g> I was following the original
thread where the question was
"I see that some sets have a reversible bit for doing the styles and
railsand others sets have individual bits. What are the pros and cons
and which are easier /faster to set up? Thanks"
I missed David's transition into the raise panel bit in his post. My bad.
I like the versatility of the shaper on both cope/mold and panel raisers.
Makes me especially happy I have a shaper every time I do the setup for
raising panels, though I once went to another school one afternoon and saw a
panel-raising bit installed cutter _down_ on the machine. No, it wasn't a
kid who had set it up that way.
The two piece set can be set up in two simple router table/fence
combinations, and left that way, until all of the pieces have been
completed. With sufficiently powerful routers at under $150, it's an
attractive option. Recommended in Udo Schmidt's kitchen cabinet book, I
used it for a prototype cabinet I built last fall. It works well.
IMHO, you're always better off going for the separate bits..
Mr. Murphy will remind you that you forgot to route one piece, but not until
you've reversed the bit, adjusted the router and done about 1/2 of the next
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