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I have a Sommerfeld junior raised panel set. I had to take them apart to use them to make glass panel doors. I can not remember the order and size of where the shims go bake in the cope and pattern bits so that they are matched. Does anyone know the proper location for the shims?

Example: 2) .007 shims, bearing, 3) .004 shims, cutter, then nut?
 

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When I disassemble something like that, I lay the parts out in sequence and tape them down. Way too easy to mess it up. The exact stacking order is critical because they are a matched set and should NEVER be disassembled. Tolerances are minute, maybe a couple of thousandths of an inch. So you could set the bit, disassembled, next to the next bit in the set and try to stack the shims until the two interlock as precisely as possible. But if you get even one shim wrong, the set is not going to work right. Good luck, but you could also ask if you can return the set and have Sommerfeld arrange to rebuild it. They're very helpful there and may even have the jigs to do it, or access to the maker.
 

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Oops, I forgot say hello and welcome you to the forum. I have several of those Sommerfeld sets too. They work great, but really are single purpose devices. Marc Sommerfeld says to drop a half inch grommet (not an O ring) into the collet so all matched bits stand off the shaft the same amount. That's what makes them match.
 

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When I disassemble something like that, I lay the parts out in sequence and tape them down. Way too easy to mess it up. The exact stacking order is critical because they are a matched set and should NEVER be disassembled. Tolerances are minute, maybe a couple of thousandths of an inch. So you could set the bit, disassembled, next to the next bit in the set and try to stack the shims until the two interlock as precisely as possible. But if you get even one shim wrong, the set is not going to work right. Good luck, but you could also ask if you can return the set and have Sommerfeld arrange to rebuild it. They're very helpful there and may even have the jigs to do it, or access to the maker.
Thank you Desert. I am building the junior grandfather clock from Sommerfeld and on page 1 it tells you to disassemble the set so you can make the glass panels. I just messed up when I took them apart and thought I would remember the proper shim placement. I have around 50 Sommerfeld router bits. I love them becaused they are matched, I just did not think it would have been that hard to remember the sequence if the shims. lesson learned.
 

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Thank you Desert. I am building the junior grandfather clock from Sommerfeld and on page 1 it tells you to disassemble the set so you can make the glass panels. I just messed up when I took them apart and thought I would remember the proper shim placement. I have around 50 Sommerfeld router bits. I love them becaused they are matched, I just did not think it would have been that hard to remember the sequence if the shims. lesson learned.
I'm a serious fan of Sommerfeld as well. Contact them and ask if they can put it back together. Very good people there.
 

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I have a Sommerfeld junior raised panel set. I had to take them apart to use them to make glass panel doors. I can not remember the order and size of where the shims go bake in the cope and pattern bits so that they are matched. Does anyone know the proper location for the shims?

Example: 2) .007 shims, bearing, 3) .004 shims, cutter, then nut?
a) What color is your set? I believe the GREEN and ORANGE sets require different shims for the "factory" settings. IF you have the Orange Set, I MAY be able to retrieve my orange set from my across-town temporary storage. If so, I'll disassemble my orange set and forward the info. I'll need a few days...
 

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a) What color is your set? I believe the GREEN and ORANGE sets require different shims for the "factory" settings. IF you have the Orange Set, I MAY be able to retrieve my orange set from my across-town temporary storage. If so, I'll disassemble my orange set and forward the info. I'll need a few days...
Sounds good but I have the yellowish color set, I bought them from his site about 6 months ago.
 
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