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Sometimes you put stuff in a cabinet not to hide it away but to display it — for those times, a glass-panel door is in order.  Setting the glass can be a huge pain, but you can expedite the whole process with these glass-panel-door bits from Freud.

The 1/2”-shank bit creates a rail joint with a stile that allows you to lay panel molding behind the glass, to keep the glass in place and also keep it from rattling.  Not only is this an elegant way to handle a pane, it also makes it pretty simple to lay one in.

The glass-panel bit set with both positive and negative bits runs about $150, which is steep for a one-off — but if you plan to make a few glass-paneled doors, it’s money well-spent.

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7 Responses to Freud Glass-Panel-Door Bits

  1. forlerm says:

    After coming here every day for months and months I see something I am going to definitely get one of those well written piece by the way

  2. Old Coot says:

    Kinda beats the heck out of my method of using a saw kerf to accept the glass, but $150…wow.

  3. aaron says:

    Old Coot: if you use the kerf, how do you replace the panel if it breaks?

  4. aaron says:

    that is, you know, if you dont use some kind of cleat.

  5. Old Coot says:

    Haven’t had that happen yet (knock on wood) but it wouldn’t be fun. Probably would need to rebuild from scratch if I couldn’t work the miter joints loose. I didn’t mean to imply it’s the best method (it isn’t), but it lets you end up with a nice-looking result with commonly available router bits and a table saw. Just keep the kids away from it.

  6. Phil says:

    While not too keen on using this for a glass panel that might need replacing some day and you have a glued-up miter joint to contend with, it would work well for a mesh, cane or otherwise rugged panel. A wooden panels would be allowed to move around depending on climate conditions in the kerf as well.

  7. Ken says:

    The glass does not sit in the kerf, it sits in front of it. There appears to be some type of removable stop holding the glass in place. Nice bit, a little pricey for occasional use though.

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