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Woodpecker currently has this bit set on sale and I'm considering a purchase. Any comments will be appreciated, particularity in regards to how it performs with 1/2" materials.

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Jon are you talking 1/2" high or 1/2" thick? I'm guessing you mean 1/2" thick for this reply. At 1/2" thick both Stick and I will recommend that you consider splining the edging on instead. There are a couple of reasons for this. All the other edge banding techniques involve making a male and a female joint. When you make the the male side you lose some width of material. The setup is also more complicated as you have to match the two bit profiles for height. In a spline setup you have one setting that you run both sides through (either face up or face down) so you can't get that part wrong plus no material width is lost as you only made a groove in both pieces. The spline can be made from a piece of scrap wood or even something like hdf. The spline joint is much simpler, requiring either a slot cutter for the router or the blade on a table saw.

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Jon are you talking 1/2" high or 1/2" thick? I'm guessing you mean 1/2" thick for this reply. At 1/2" thick both Stick and I will recommend that you consider splining the edging on instead. There are a couple of reasons for this. All the other edge banding techniques involve making a male and a female joint. When you make the the male side you lose some width of material. The setup is also more complicated as you have to match the two bit profiles for height. In a spline setup you have one setting that you run both sides through (either face up or face down) so you can't get that part wrong plus no material width is lost as you only made a groove in both pieces. The spline can be made from a piece of scrap wood or even something like hdf. The spline joint is much simpler, requiring either a slot cutter for the router or the blade on a table saw.
Charles: Yes, I was referring to 1/2" thick. I appreciate the excellent advice and will proceed with the spline approach. The best part, it saved me money! Hmm, now what to buy

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" Hmm, now what to buy"...

LOL! You mean next; isn't there a list laying around somewhere?
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" Hmm, now what to buy"...

LOL! You mean next; isn't there a list laying around somewhere?
I have one...carefully hidden from my wife.
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I have one...carefully hidden from my wife.
actually considering a Rikon 10" bandsaw for my next acquisition. Problem is floor space so I need to reorganize the shop a bit.

Comments on the Rikon will be welcome as well.


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It's small and will likely be a little under powered. Most are by the way even a lot of owners of 14" saws say that about theirs. If you can do a google search on them or if you find them amazon you can see reviews. I have seen comments on a few Rikon products but I have no experience with them.

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It's small and will likely be a little under powered. Most are by the way even a lot of owners of 14" saws say that about theirs. If you can do a google search on them or if you find them amazon you can see reviews. I have seen comments on a few Rikon products but I have no experience with them.
Thanks Chuck. Understand the power issue but I'm not anticipating major resawing, at least at this time. Fortunately in the event that I need that capability my neighbor is more than willing to provide the service.
The reviews I've seen to date are positive for that size machine and definitely better than Jet.

If I do go that route I'll certainly offer up an overview.

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