I am planning to make some raised panel doors from pine and other
softwoods. My router has a minimum speed of 15,000 rpm. I am using the
Freud cabinet bit set with a 3.5" raised panel bit. Is this speed
safe? There is no information on the Freud site concerning this.
Thank in advance
Sales folks are the same everywhere, no matter what walk of life. I guess
there's only maybe two or three that I really have ever felt were in it to
help people....and they were successful salepeople because of that character
This begs the question: why would one choose a standard raised panel
bit over a vertical raised panel bit? Yeah, you have to put the
wood through on edge, but I would think that a decent fence should
make that a wash. It seems as though the same profiles are available
in either standard (or are they called horizontal?) or verticle bits.
Surely I am missing something here, not having used either style.
Listen to Leon and David.
I had the same problem. I tried using the panel raising bit (it was a
Rockler bit, not a Freud but that shouldn't matter much) at the high speed
and it scared the crap outta me. I went out and bought one of those
electronic speed controllers and I would say only that it worked well enough
to get me through that one job. If at all possible, get yourself a variable
Makes a very "interesting" sound when she spins
Reminds me of my tool vendor who tells the story
about a customer who forgot to lock her down in
the collet and the 3.5" bit spun up like a top...
It actually stuck in the ceiling joist about 10' up.
The operator had to change his shorts.
Strange how thoughts seem to drop into my head these days, but...
You weren't even CONSIDERING doing this without a well-secured router table
and a solidly attached fence, were you?
Because that's a pretty reliable way to self-nominate for a Darwin Award.
Are you feeling a bit nervous yet? Overconfidence with this tool causes
lots of cleanup in the shop. And not necessarily by the one who was
who thinks there are a number of ways to get fancy raised panel doors,
safely. Calling a CNC-enabled millwork shop is one of the most
Depends on why you do woodwork. If you're doing it to make money then
farming some things out makes sense. If you're doing it for recreation
then farming out the "interesting" stuff defeats the purpose.
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I just had another thought. I think we have all been assuming that the
panel raising bit is the horizontal type. I have not used the vertical
bits, but I would assume that the problem would not be as severe. Am I
I know that the vertical bit would still be a large chunk of spinning metal
just looking for some flesh to feast on, and would still require a great
deal of respect. But do they need to be slowed down too?
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