The new Stub Spindle and Cope Cutter router bit system from Amana Tool is ideal for woodworkers who like the look of cope and stick doors and appreciate the durability of mortise-and-tenon woodworking. It was developed in cooperation with professional woodworker Lonnie Bird.
“This Amana bit set allows woodworkers to use any length in tenon that they choose. Long tenons greatly increase the glue surface area compared to the short stub tenon, and also create a true mechanical interlock between the stile and the rail,” says Frank Misiti, Amana’s technical director.
The Amana system offers several application options because it’s designed for three common types of doors, including thick entry doors, screen doors, and for paneled cabinet doors with tenons of any length.
Designed for use with tabletop routers, the unique bit set uses a stub spindle and a counter-bored cope cutter that is secured to the spindle with a cap screw. This design allows the tenon to pass over the cope bit unobstructed for making extended length tenons. A matching profile bit shapes the decorative ogee “sticking” profile along the edges of the stiles and rails.
The Entry Door Bits are designed for 1-3/4" stock and cost $73.65 for the cope cutter with stub spindle and $67.35 for the ogee bit. The Screen Door Bits work with 1-1/8" stock and cost $59.21 for the cope cutter with stub spindle and $52.58 for the ogee bit. Prices for the Cabinet Door Bits are $66.34 for the cope cutter with stub spindle and $56.85 for the ogee bit and are designed for stock from 13/16" to 7/8".
Contact: Amana Tool, 120 Carolyn Blvd., Farmingdale, NY 11735. Tel: 800-445-0077. www.amanatool.com
This article originally appeared in the March 2009 issue.