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Old 06-11-2012, 09:09 AM
rcrawford rcrawford is offline
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Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Alberta
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Nice work on a small machine! Did you tile, or just design half a sheet at a time?

I just finished cutting a set of frameless kitchen cabinets for my brother in law. Used a 3/8" compression bit at full depth and got perfect edges top and bottom and barely touched my spoilboard. Unfortunately I do not have an edgebander, so he gets to band it by hand (with an iron, and hand trimmer and a file!). Glad its not a paying job so I don't have to do any banding or install! (its just a temporary kitchen in his basement so he can move in while he works on the main floor, so we used cheap white melamine - cut 9 boxes with shelves for under $100, in about 2 hours).

I've got a panel saw with a scoring blade, but even with that I cannot get the same quality of cuts as I can with a compression bit. And then I'm not handling each piece multiple times to cut dados, drill holes, etc. They come off the Cobra ready to band and assemble.
Russell Crawford
Cobra 408 ATC with recoil
Alberta, Canada
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:12 AM
Gary Malone Gary Malone is offline
CAMaster Stinger Owner
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Pensacola, FL
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I cut the panels in half (much easier to handle them by myself) nested the parts and cut with compression bit. I don't have an edgebander so I took the parts to a friend in town that has one and only took a few minutes to get them done. I have since done some smaller jobs and used an iron with pre-glued edgebanding and have gotten great results. On a side note, I'm just glad my shop didn't go under water this weekend, we had 21" of rain here in West Pensacola, a lot of damage done all around town.
Stinger II w recoil, Aspire 4, engraving laser & router
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