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The Infinity Miter Lock Bits arrived and I got to try them out today. As expected by some member that are aware of my vision problem I did have to use my camera in order to see the marks on the jig to do the set up. See photos of the set up. These photos are the ones that I had to use to do the set up. The work pieces were not glued together when the photos were taken, the fit would probably be tighter if they had been clamped and glued. I little more practice will be needed to get the fit better, but for a start, I'm pretty happy with the bits and the way the jigs work.

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Well Jerry you know what they say even a blind squirrel finds a acorn once a while, sure looks like you found yours nice job.
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I did not mention that the biggest problem that I had with making the miter lock joint was that I had difficulty keeping from getting some snipe at the end of the cut due to the space between the split router fence. At this early stage I trust that a little practice might let me learn to keep the piece hard enough against the out feed end of the fence to not let the last couple of inches that are not supported, to be able to let the bit dig in deeper than it should. Wonder if anybody else has experienced this snipe. It might turn out that one needs to cut the pieces long enough to allow the snipe to just be cut off.

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the setup piece will make all the difference, than bits that dont come with one..save alot of scrap tests...

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The Infinity Miter Lock Bits arrived and I got to try them out today. As expected by some member that are aware of my vision problem I did have to use my camera in order to see the marks on the jig to do the set up. See photos of the set up. These photos are the ones that I had to use to do the set up. The work pieces were not glued together when the photos were taken, the fit would probably be tighter if they had been clamped and glued. I little more practice will be needed to get the fit better, but for a start, I'm pretty happy with the bits and the way the jigs work.

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I don't know if you routed the wood the size as shown or if you cut it after routing, if it was as shown it would be essential to keep it pressed firmly against the out feed of the fence otherwise the tendency is for the end to press deeper into the bit. I'd like to see a shot that shows the table and fence, in other words taken from further back so that I may be able to see the setting up error causing that slight miss fit. In the first shot the jig appears to be a touch out with your centre line as if the fence needs to come a touch forward. In conclusion Jerry I have to tell you that for a first effort you have done remarkably well so go practice on some soft Pine.

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I think it looks great for a first try. Can I ask what that little setup set you back and if your think it would work nicely for wider material, like cabinet boxes...? I am building tons of them and would like to improve the joint.

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I think it looks great for a first try. Can I ask what that little setup set you back and if your think it would work nicely for wider material, like cabinet boxes...? I am building tons of them and would like to improve the joint.
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Keep in mind that I bought two bits and two jigs. The smaller one is for material from 3/8" to I think 3/4" and the other one is for matrial from 5/8th" to 1.25". A separate jig is required for each bit, I paid just under $200 for the whole Mary Ann. I suspect that there may well be some bits for less money, but from what I read about the Infinity bits I think that you should really look at them before making your choice.

One caution in regard to your set up, and it's embarrassing for me to admit what I did, maybe I can blame in on my vision, but that would be a stretch. Here is the tip, remember to take the jig off of the bit before making that first cut, duh. Fortunnately I found the jig after my boo boo and it was only slightly scratched, bet I won't do that again. also, the bit was not hurt and I began to breath again after checking it with very strong magnifier. Gosh I hate to admit how stupid that was on my part, but if my confession prevents somebody from doing what I did, it will off set my embarrassment.

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Jerry I always use a sacrificial fence with Miter lock cutting, I would fix a strip of thinner material across the front of the fence and with this cutter then I would make that fence as thick as it could be so that the cutter still worked, start with the fence 'uncut' and then just ease the cutter through that so that only the cutting portion of the cutter sticks through the face of the fence so do that slowly so that you don't overheat the cutter and you will have such a clean fence to rest on that snipe will not happen, you do have to play about a bit with the cutter height and the fence with some trial cuts but once you get the setup perfect then you will get perfect interlocking miters. N
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One caution in regard to your set up, and it's embarrassing for me to admit what I did, maybe I can blame in on my vision, but that would be a stretch. Here is the tip, remember to take the jig off of the bit before making that first cut, duh. Fortunnately I found the jig after my boo boo and it was only slightly scratched, bet I won't do that again. also, the bit was not hurt and I began to breath again after checking it with very strong magnifier. Gosh I hate to admit how stupid that was on my part, but if my confession prevents somebody from doing what I did, it will off set my embarrassment.

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Wow Jerry--that was a close call. Better the jig has a few scratches than you!! Could have been severe for sure.

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Jerry I always use a sacrificial fence with Miter lock cutting, I would fix a strip of thinner material across the front of the fence and with this cutter then I would make that fence as thick as it could be so that the cutter still worked, start with the fence 'uncut' and then just ease the cutter through that so that only the cutting portion of the cutter sticks through the face of the fence so do that slowly so that you don't overheat the cutter and you will have such a clean fence to rest on that snipe will not happen, you do have to play about a bit with the cutter height and the fence with some trial cuts but once you get the setup perfect then you will get perfect interlocking miters. N
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That's a really great tip and I am going to give it a serious try. I am thinking that one should do a complete and perfect set up, make a trilal set of cuts and then when all is set correctly do what you said. that will indeed prevent the snipe.

You are a wood working genius and coming from you to me is really appreciated, thanks Neville.


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