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I was looking for a two to two and a half inch routing bit as recommended for a set of templates I just purchased. It was recommended for use on the router table with use of the guide pin or fulcrum. I found a Freud bit that was 2 inches. I was surprised by the size which turned out to be 2 x 2 inches....a monster. I obviously didn't read all the dimensions. I later found a 1/2 by 2 which suits my needs. I am thinking of returning it since it's so pricey but before I do I would like to know how I might be able to use this on other projects and whether any of you could share your experiences with the bit on the table and handheld. Thanks.
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Hi Guile, if you are using a guide pin or fulcrum, then you must be using a bearing guided cutter?

Is the cutter 2 -2 1/2" long or wide?

What template are you using?

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You are correct in that I am using a top bearing down spiral flush bit and it is 2 1/2 long. It is a cathedral template that is used for door making but I am looking to use it as a decorative piece that will be attached to the backboard of a DVD case I am building for my daughter. Also what type of joinery would u use. The back board and cathedral piece will be 3/4 inch oak about 16 inch wide adnd about 6 inches tall. I had thought about making just one piece but it seems like it would be a difficult or at the very least cumbersome to work with on a router table thought. Thanks for your thoughts.
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Hi Guile,

If I am reading you correctly, the template set up you are describing is very common.

The only thing I would add, is that your mark out and cut the waste back to 1/8" with a band saw or jig saw and use the cutter for a trimming cut, not a full cut.

Check out some of Marc's videos on youtube.

Sommerfeld's Tools for Wood - Shaker Raised Panels Made Easy with Marc Sommerfeld - Part 1 - YouTube

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