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Talk about a tough decision. The cabinet door bits from Sommerfeld Tools and Infinity both look good. Sommerfeld claims to have a chip-free design with the radiused-corner-geometry which relieves stress.

Both Infinity and Sommerfield have great reputations. I donít think you can go wrong either way.

Which brand would you choose for your cabinet door bits?

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All 3 are reliable.
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I wonder how big of a deal the chip free bevel on the Sommerfield bits. Iíve never heard of the Infinity bits ever having issues with chipping.

The best part of the Sommerfield bits is the ease of set-up with matched bit heights. I would think Sommerfield has the easier to set-up miter lock and glue joints.

Infinity only has set-up blocks for 3/4 inch material, the Sommerfield system and set-up jig adapts to multiple wood thicknesses.

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I wonder how big of a deal the chip free bevel on the Sommerfield bits. Iíve never heard of the Infinity bits ever having issues with chipping.

The best part of the Sommerfield bits is the ease of set-up with matched bit heights. I would think Sommerfield has the easier to set-up miter lock and glue joints.

Infinity only has set-up blocks for 3/4 inch material, the Sommerfield system and set-up jig adapts to multiple wood thicknesses.
Steve: I bought a set of Sommerfeld bits because of the fact they were a "matched set". The chip free bevel wasn't a feature that I considered when making my purchase. I'm happy with them. I also bought the set-up gauge at the same time.
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I went through this earlier this year and committed to Sommerfeld for my bits. At this price point it seems to me that you can't go wrong. I do like dealing directly with Sommerfeld, and their packaging, matched sets, and their bits appear to be very well made.
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Talk about a tough decision. The cabinet door bits from Sommerfeld Tools and Infinity both look good. Sommerfeld claims to have a chip-free design with the radiused-corner-geometry which relieves stress.

Both Infinity and Sommerfield have great reputations. I donít think you can go wrong either way.

Which brand would you choose for your cabinet door bits?
I don't even know what a " Chip free design with radiused corner geometry that relieves stress " means.


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My door sets and dovetail sets are Sommerfeld. I really like them. I got the door sets because of the matched shank lengths, which makes setup easier and faster. I also have the EasySet jigs for both Sommerfeld and Freud bits that account different thicknesses. Those star shaped jigs are precision tools that make setup far easier. I also have a number of Freud bits that are excellent, and they now offer matched height sets as well.

I've had several occasions to interact with Mark Sommerfeld and found their customer service to be terrific. There is one other thing about Sommerfeld, and that's the videos on how to get the most from their bits. Marc Sommerfeld was a cabinet maker before he started his company, and his woodworking skills are excellent. You can find the videos on YouTube and they are well worth watching just to learn good technique.

So I come down on the side of Sommerfeld, even though Infinity stuff is very good. And you're right, the packaging on the bit sets is great, beautiful wooden boxes made from blocks carved with routers. BTW, I don't own stock.
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... and if you buy the Easy Set jig, you get a nice dvd showing how to actually use it - at least, I got one with my jig.
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