Freud quadra cut...
I wonder how big of a deal the chip free bevel on the Sommerfield bits. I’ve never heard of the Infinity bits ever having issues with chipping.All 3 are reliable.
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.I wonder how big of a deal the chip free bevel on the Sommerfield bits. I’ve 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.
I don't even know what a " Chip free design with radiused corner geometry that relieves stress " means.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 don’t think you can go wrong either way.
Which brand would you choose for your cabinet door bits?
I still plan to purchase bits from both Infinity and Sommerfield. Both companies have some unique bit options. Infinity has some pretty unique bits like the Mega Paner Dado bit, their adjustable tounge, the Mega Flush-trim and groove bits ect are pretty nice bits.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.
make sure you look into their information center....I didn't realize that Freud has millworking bits that are suited to making picture frame material. Here's a link to Freud's site and pages with these bits. Freud Tools | Products
Router Forums - View Single Post - Sommerfeld Bits vs InfinityDoes anyone know whether Freud have videos?
Infinity has very comprehensive training videos online on their site and YouTube as well as set-up blocks. They’re not as elegant as the Sommerfield bit set jig but the set-up blocks get the job done.Really good feedback on this discussion. I'd forgotten about receiving a DVD with the bit sets. I purchased all the Sommerfeld DVDs and watch them regularly so I have a couple of duplicates. The videos give you a lot of confidence because you've seen the job done a few times before you attempt it. I particularly like the glass door set. I also have and like the mission and Shaker sets. I don't particularly like the ogee look but assume that set is at least as good as the other two.
Does anyone know whether Infinity or Freud have videos? I find it really greases the wheel to watch the videos 3-4 times before using the bits, particularly the first time I make something.
Same holds true for their dovetail jig. You want to watch the DVD and label the jig as shown before you start using it. Watch the video and you'll see why.
@JIMMIEM.if the wood you are working with isn't the exact same dimension as the set up blocks then they don't help much.
Most of the set-up blocks are based on people using 3/4 inch standard planks. Sommerfield’s system and bit set-up jig adjust for different thickness of wood.Concerning the Infinity set up blocks for the rail and stile bits.....if the wood you are working with isn't the exact same dimension as the set up blocks then they don't help much. When I got my bits they included the blocks for free but usually you have to pay for them. I did my test cuts in Poplar, which is soft enough to do in one pass, and used these as my set up blocks for the Red Oak which is splintery and best done in several passes.