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Forum topic by Dmitriy_S posted 06-12-2018 03:39 PM 539 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-12-2018 03:39 PM

Hello Everybody.
I need an advice, what router bit set to buy to build a few interior doors. Currently choice is between CMT and Freud router bit sets .

Please share your experience with any of this router bit sets or suggest another router bit set you like.

Thank you in advance.

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#1 posted 06-12-2018 04:29 PM

I have a very similar Freud set that I’ve been very pleased with. I’m sure the CMT performs well too, but I suspect Freud’s customer service is far superior to CMT’s.

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#2 posted 06-12-2018 04:32 PM

I don’t see a raised panel bit with the CMT set.
I’ve got a couple of their bits and they seem ok. Never had an issue with any Freud product

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#3 posted 06-12-2018 07:33 PM

I’ve got a similar Freud set for kitchen cabinets. It works well. No experience with CMT.

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#4 posted 06-12-2018 07:48 PM

Italian tooling is good stuff. Either brand is pretty
close to top shelf.

The Freud panel raising bits have the extra cutters
on the edges. I don’t know that CMT has those.
They’re said to reduce sanding or something. Shaper
cutters have a preferable geometry but if you have
to use a router you won’t go wrong with CMT or

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#5 posted 06-12-2018 08:41 PM

Thank you all for your replies.

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#6 posted 06-12-2018 08:55 PM

I can’t speak for the other brands, but all of my doors were made using Freud bits. You can see a few of them in my projects.

One of the critical needs that the Freud bits are designed to fill are long tenons on the rails. Interior doors aren’t like cabinet doors where the stick and cope profiles fit together and glue is sufficient to hold it. There’s too much weight involved. The cope bit on the Freud set is designed with a removable top cutter so you can cut as long of a tenon as you want. The top cutter is only left on for milling rails and stiles for side lights and transomes that don’t carry a load.

Again, I can’t speak for the other brands. Perhaps they have a similar feature, but Freud does for sure and it works we’ll.

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