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raised panel router bit

I want to start building kitchen cabinets with raised-panel doors. who makes the best router bit for someone who has built furniture before but not tried raised-panel.
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I'm new to woodworking and have heard from the start that you either want to go middle of the road or up to the high end router bits. Lower costing and no name brands don't last as long.

A few weeks ago I got some Freud Ogee style bits with the back cutter, rather expensive yes but I don't want to have to buy them again for a LONG time. At least hopefully I won't after paying $170 for the 2 rail/stile bits and the panel cutter.
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I tried the harbor freight ones in a moment of weakness. I strongly suggest you NOT use them :)
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Here are a few I'd recommend.
I've used Sommerfeld's for many, many doors. Very highly recommend them.

http://routerbitworld.com/Amana-5422...na%2054221.htm

http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shops...riplewing.html Scroll down for the raised panel bits.

http://www.sommerfeldtools.com/Route...ts/products/5/
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I have used the Freud 2 +2 bits for several years and they work very well. I also tried a Lee Valley bit and it is holding up well. The lower cost bits like MLCS are hit and miss.
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I have purchased a number of bits from MLCS, including raised panel, and am pleased with them. For the raised panel bits I got the package, which included rail and style bits.

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I typically gravitate to top shelf bits from Whiteside, Infinity, or Freud, but in this case the Freud 2+2 set offers a technological advantage, so would definitely get the nod in this case.
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I'm new to woodworking and have heard from the start that you either want to go middle of the road or up to the high end router bits. Lower costing and no name brands don't last as long.

A few weeks ago I got some Freud Ogee style bits with the back cutter, rather expensive yes but I don't want to have to buy them again for a LONG time. At least hopefully I won't after paying $170 for the 2 rail/stile bits and the panel cutter.
Thanks, I was leaning to Freud, but wanted someone who had used them
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I tried the harbor freight ones in a moment of weakness. I strongly suggest you NOT use them :)
Thanks for the information. I use a few things from Harbor Freight, but not something like this
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My experience is that Freud is always a safe bet. MLCS has always done ok by me and I own several MLCS tools. I have "heard" that MLCS quality (sharpness) is hit and miss now but I have not experienced any problems in this regard. Service is great, shipping quick.
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Thanks for the information. I believe that Freud is the way I'm going to go.
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Cmt

Don't leave out CMT.

They have some good sets for doors and windows.

They also have a good Euro Hinge jig.

Tools are like guns, You can never have enough.
Where did I put that tape measure???
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