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Forum topic by Bearpaw posted 05-16-2022 04:57 PM 561 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-16-2022 04:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig tip question trick

Does anyone have an idea how to use this bit freehand instead of in a router table? Some kind of jig, maybe.

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Loren

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#1 posted 05-16-2022 05:15 PM

Do you not have a router table?

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#2 posted 05-16-2022 05:22 PM

The locking miter bit is primarily used with a router table. You sorta need the fence on the table to help with the set-up. It also be can be used with a horizontal router table also. You could try it free hand. But then don’t expect to have any sorta of a good match.

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#3 posted 05-16-2022 05:53 PM

The lock miter bit could be a handful to use freehand unless you have some sort of jig to hold/guide the router. I’ve never seen any jigs for free-hand use of this bit. I’ve only used a router table with a fence for this bit.

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#4 posted 05-16-2022 06:06 PM

Are you talking the drawer lock miter bit? You cannot use it freehand. It’s hard enough to match up the joint with a router table and a fence, the line of cut and the depth of cut have to be PERFECTLY matched.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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#5 posted 05-16-2022 06:33 PM

+1

Are you talking the drawer lock miter bit? You cannot use it freehand. It s hard enough to match up the joint with a router table and a fence, the line of cut and the depth of cut have to be PERFECTLY matched. – northwoodsman

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#6 posted 05-16-2022 07:33 PM

I’d bet you could …with a considerable amount of effort and trial and error use a lock miter but in a hand held router, but they can be frustrating on a table (which they are made for); it would test the patience of Job to use it free hand (says me, who has not tried one free hand).

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#7 posted 05-16-2022 07:38 PM

Yep, definately want a table to get a good joint, You can use a hand router with an edge guide but only with pure luck will you get anything of reasonable quality.

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#8 posted 05-16-2022 07:41 PM


I d bet you could …with a considerable amount of effort and trial and error use a lock miter but in a hand held router, but they can be frustrating on a table (which they are made for); it would test the patience of Job to use it free hand (says me, who has not tried one free hand).

- Fred Hargis


Why would you even try? You are almost guaranteed a failure. There are most likely many better suited solutions for this joint that are not only safer but are going to yield better results. I certainly wouldn’t encourage someone to go down this path or provide hope that it’s a possible solution.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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#9 posted 05-16-2022 11:28 PM

That type of bit has one piece run flat, the mate, on edge. You can’t get the vertical cut to work with a handheld. Hell, it’s tough enough with a fence.

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#10 posted 05-16-2022 11:33 PM

Even the thought of using it freehand is scary…

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#11 posted 05-16-2022 11:48 PM

I would never use a bit that big freehand, but it would help to cut off a lot of the waste first at the table saw.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#12 posted 05-17-2022 12:35 AM

i agree with whats been said.that bit is not meant for freehand work.you’ll never get a perfect match,and thats what you want ?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#13 posted 05-17-2022 12:44 AM

I use a jig on the router table and its still tricky to get right. There’s nothing to stop the board from being pulled into the bit using it freehand.

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#14 posted 05-17-2022 12:47 AM

I’m sure you could use it with a fence attached to a freehand router. But I would expect it’s considerably easier to build a router table and then use that.

-- Alan in Wisconsin

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#15 posted 05-17-2022 01:02 AM

Bearpaw – this bit is designed to be used in a router table with a fence. If nothing else, for safety sake please do not attempt to use it in a hand held router.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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