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Thread: Freud cabinet router bit set Q's...***Picked Up the Set***

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    Freud cabinet router bit set Q's...***Picked Up the Set***

    I have an opportunity to get this set at a good discount, but must buy the full set... Any comments, stories, advice will be appreciated. I plan now on making some raised panels and, later on, some cabinets.

    http://www.freudtools.com/p-226-five...etbr-nbsp.aspx

    Thanks.

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    I don't have any of those profiles except the RP Ogee. I will say that Freud is one of the brands I buy when I want "keepers". I haven't had the need to do any lipped doors yet but could see that being handy. As long as the RP, rail and stile profiles are what you're after it looks like a nice set.

    Tools Plus has them for $190 just for comparison: http://www.tools-plus.com/freud-94-1...term=FRE94-100
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    Thanks, glenn

    Seems like Freud is one of the better brands for bits.

    I can get the set for 25% off on a previous sale rain-check coupon, but not confined to Freud, or that particular set. That's the one I've been looking at, but other suggestions are welcome too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    I will say that Freud is one of the brands I buy when I want "keepers". As long as the RP, rail and stile profiles are what you're after it looks like a nice set.

    Tools Plus has them for $190 just for comparison: http://www.tools-plus.com/freud-94-1...term=FRE94-100
    Hi Greg ,
    Buying new should mean they are sharp and true. As Glenn interjected if you like the profiles and plan to make raised panels now, it seems to be reasonable investment. I am still trying to figure out the 39 different shape they will make.
    Let us know what you decide.
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    greg, i have the 3 piece like that with a different profile. they have held up well, i have made many many drawer fronts and paneled ends with them. had to have the panel bit sharpened but it was after a good bit of use

    good buy in my opinion although i can't compare them to any other brand

    chris

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    Shaz....39 shapes?

    I could get into business with that many!

    Chris,

    Thanks. After thinking about it, I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with the 3 piece set, with these profiles.

    Attachment 18508

    Attachment 18509

    Attachment 18510

    I'll probably pick it up Wed.

    Thanks for your input, guys!
    Last edited by Greg Cook; 09-13-2009 at 03:47 AM.

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    Well, I picked up the set today.





    It came with a mini DVD and a set of instructions, so I'll be going over them tomorrow, them making some test cuts to get the process down.

    Any tips on cutting, cautions, Duh! moments to share that would help me avoid such....?

    Thanks

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    Congrats, Greg. First tip that comes to mind is keep track of all ten fingers at all times. That's a honkin' cutter. I've never used a raised panel door set. I've got a cheap one I picked up at Harbor Freight in my early woodworking days (before I knew better), but I've not had the need (or inclination) to use it.
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    Greg,

    Those look pretty good. I have a five piece set (not freud). I like them, but there's nothing more frustrating than futzing with set up over and over. Finally, I took a 3/4" slab of uhmw, cut it into big pieces, and made some set up blocks. Worth their weight in platinum (or, these days, crude oil!

    Now I'm working on a large router sled. Last time I did some end grain, even though I had the bit mostly buried in the fence, the bit grabbed the piece and tried to fling it. I had a death grip on the thing, but almost lost it. That finally got me to ignore advice I'd received, and I put a miter slot in my router table. Yikes!

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Cook View Post
    Well, I picked up the set today.





    It came with a mini DVD and a set of instructions, so I'll be going over them tomorrow, them making some test cuts to get the process down.

    Any tips on cutting, cautions, Duh! moments to share that would help me avoid such....?

    Thanks
    Tips R&S:
    - Coping sled (or miter gauge) and backer boards.

    Tips Panel:
    - bit guard, push blocks
    - Set the bit to full height and move the fence for increased depth as opposed to setting the fence for full depth and raising the cutter for multiple passes. (its easy to go a smidge too high and end up with a rattling panel).

    Tips General:
    - Enjoy.
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 03-13-2008 at 12:39 PM.
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