tongue and groove bits??

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Old 12-17-03, 07:29 PM
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tongue and groove bits??

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Does anyone have any idea where I can get a cutting head for either a shaper, moulder, router, or any other machine that does a tongue and groove for flooring? I can find wedge type tongue and groove bits, but I don't want wedge. Any help is appreciated!
 
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Old 12-17-03, 08:15 PM
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Here is a router bit set for tongue and groove.

http://www.woodtechtooling.com/CMT/R...grooveset.html

http://www.oldhouseweb.com/ourStore/...0006XMTT.shtml

These are square edged tongues and grooves.

Freud makes shaper cutters, too. They are wedge shape, though.
 
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Old 12-17-03, 08:31 PM
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cheese :

This one might do it for you.
You could either use this one bit or purchase a separate grooving bit so you don't have to take it apart once shimmed to the correct size.

<img src="http://www.leevalley.com/images/item/woodworking/router/16j6051s2.jpg">
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Old 12-19-03, 01:53 AM
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Thanks a lot chfite and Greg! I think I may be able to get by for a while with one of those setups...will study them a bit more and decide.

Now...I am doing this in my spare time...making flooring out of reclaimed antique lumber. So far I have been selling it just straight sides, planed top and bottom. If I were to tongue and groove this stuff regularly I think I want something better/bigger/faster than a router table. I have a nice router setup that would get me by for now, but I have a potential order for 1000 sq ft of flooring...2 3/4" wide boards. So that would be a LOT of routing. Do you think one of these bits would last through that kind of use?
 
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The top of the line bits, read expensive, generally hold up quite well. I trust that you have a big router, 3 hp or so. Dropping bit speed can damage the bits.

I would imagine that a shaper bit would do better, since they are larger overall and should dissipate heat better than a router bit.

If you are going to get into production work, you might think along the line of production tools and equipment. Power feeders and large table equipment come to mind. I have found that tools and equipment produced for home use do not hold up.

Hope this helps.
 
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