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I need to purchase a locking miter bit and have found a wide range of prices and many brands. There are some that people say are mis-machined. I would like to hear the experiences of other members have had with such a bit.
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I need to purchase a locking miter bit and have found a wide range of prices and many brands. There are some that people say are mis-machined. I would like to hear the experiences of other members have had with such a bit.
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Martyn,
Have you been watching the thread on the Infinity miter locking bits. If not, try to find it and see what you think.

The concept of the jig to set the bits up properly is, in my opinion a must have. The quality of the Infinity bits is excellent, that would sure be my recommendation,

I had never used such a bit or even knew about them until very recently. I purchased the set of two with the jigs and could not be more happy.

Wishing you well on your choice and how your project goes.

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Here is a link to Jerry's thread:

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Harry, Thanks I tried searching but it didn't come up for me. Would still like to hear thoughts from others.

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Hi Martyn.
I have used a 1/2" X 45* lock miter bit to do a Cpl of boxes now. I start out with a cheap bit so I can gain some experience B 4 I get serious about buying more expensive hardware. I think the key to your success will be setting up the bit-to-wood alignment. You need to take the time and use some scrap wood to get the joint just perfect; THEN make yourself a pair of set-up blocks for future quick set-up. I am a novice to this lock miter bit, but I think there are several sizes you might consider. I have used only 1/2" and 3/4". After lots of practise, I get really tight clean joints now. I might add; I have only used these on hardwood.

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I use the whiteside lock miter bits. The size range of bits is critical if you are doing more than standard stock 3/4 boards

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Its better to buy expensive not cheap because you will know the results are you not the bit. Also a high dollar investment will push you thru the frustration of learning to use it

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Its better to buy expensive not cheap because you will know the results are you not the bit. Also a high dollar investment will push you thru the frustration of learning to use it

I sure do agree with Bill on buying a quality bit. I would also encourage you to take a serious look at the Infinity jig for the set up of the lock miter bit. I have only read of the frustration of sitting one of these bits up, I have never experienced said frustration because I started with the set up jig and everything worked for right from the get go. I know that the jig is a little spendy for what you get but it is well worth the cost.

Please let us know know what you finally decide to do and if we can help in any way we will sure try.

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Thanks for the responses. I do agree that a quality bit is important contributor to a good joint. The setup is the other major part, from what I have read from bit manufacturers the setup does not seem too difficult to do. I am leaning towards purchasing the Infinity bit and learning to set it up and make my own guide block. If my guide block efforts don't work I can always buy one.
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Hi Martyn, You can save yourself a lot of frustration by purchasing the setup blocks. Almost every bit manufacturer sells the blocks for their bit. They are almost universally around $10. Amazon has the Infinity setup blocks for $9.90 a set.

Amazon.com: infinity detup blocks: Tools & Home Improvement

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