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Default Raised Panel Bit Multiple Cuts - Fence Out or Bit Up?

In making multiple passes with raised panel bits (using a table) so as not to take too much material at once, I'm curious what most folks do:

- Start with final fence adjustment; bit lowered and raise bit on subsequent cuts

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- Start with final bit height adjustment; fence "in" and adjust fence "out" on subsequent cuts

I'm running an Incra LS positioner with a Master Lift II, so either method is pretty manageable / repeatable.

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In making multiple passes with raised panel bits (using a table) so as not to take too much material at once, I'm curious what most folks do:

- Start with final fence adjustment; bit lowered and raise bit on subsequent cuts

or

- Start with final bit height adjustment; fence "in" and adjust fence "out" on subsequent cuts

I'm running an Incra LS positioner with a Master Lift II, so either method is pretty manageable / repeatable.

Thanks!
either or...
depends on the profile...
bit raised and move the fence is preferred relying on the bearing(s) to control final cut...
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Thanks - that's what I did last time (being a hobbyist I don't make a plethora of cabinet doors), but got to thinking about the other method and wondered if there was a "proper" universally accepted way of doing it. I couldn't really come up with a strong reason in my mind why one method would be superior to the other.
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Jt I usually set the depth and move the fence
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The panel bit that I use doesn't have a bearing, I set the fence and raise the bit until I get to the desired height. I just find it quicker this way.
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For some who have adjustable fences on their tables they set everything for the final pass and then put a set of shims behind the fence faces, pulling out a shim per pass.

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I move the fence and use a vertical raising bit.
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I do it both ways, depending on the profile I am cutting

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I'm with Herb. If you are using a bit with an undercutter, you haven't much choice.

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