BOX MAKING CUTTERS-ULTIMATE KIT
Gifkins Dovetail has three cutter kits which are designed to give the box maker the best tools available to produce beautiful boxes:
- The Ultimate cutter kit [cutters 01 to 06],
- the Ultimate upgrade kit [cutters 07 to 11], 07 Bullnose bit TBN2, 08 Bullnose bit TBN4, 09 Round-over bit T506, 10 Core box bit T416, and 11 Chamfer bit T912.
- the Masters cutter kit [cutters 01 to 11].
The Ultimate cutter kit contains five cutters that cover the basics of box making:
- 01 Rebate cutter, TGRC1 B 1/2. Cut the trench for the base and the lid of a box. Cuts a rebate 4mm wide and 5mm deep [or 1.6mm deep with a big bearing]. [G]
- 02 Panel raising bit, TGPR 1 1/2. Create a decorative inward curve on the lid panel. 32mm diameter, 4.8mm radius on top corners, 8° negative shear angle. [G]
- 03 Tenon cutter, TGTC 1 1/2. Use in conjunction with the slot cutter to make a ‘frame and panel’ box lid. 32mm diameter, 8º negative shear angle for a super clean cut. [G]
- 04 Slot cutter, TA700 3.2 M 1/2. Cut the slot to insert in the tenon of the ‘frame and panel’ lid. Off-the-shelf slot cutter, 3.2mm cut, 51mm diameter.
- 05 Spiral cutter, TSRW 5.32. Cut open the box with two passes to get crisp, clean edges. Off-the-shelf 4.0mm solid carbide down-cut spiral, 1/4″ shank.
- 06 19mm bearing for the Rebate cutter. Use this bearing first to make a shallow pass on the trenches for a box base and lid. Put on the small bearing to complete the job. Remember to go gently. Let the cutter and the router do the job for you.
Please note: postage will be added to purchases when we process your order.
All these cutters are designed for use in a table mounted router, and should not be used in a hand held router. The cutters are not guaranteed against breaking. The spiral cutter in particular, has a fine tip and should always be used in the table with a fence.
Take extra care to note the feed direction of the rebate cutter. With all cutting operations, the feed direction is opposite to the direction of motion of the cutting tips (i.e. opposite the direction of the tips as they enter the work piece).
Prolong the life of your cutter and save money.
 Before every box making session, place a drop of sewing machine oil in the bearing. The bearing is not sealed, so dirt and grime build up over time. If you do not keep the bearing clean, it will seize, causing damage to the cutter and your template.
 Regularly check that the grub screw in the side of the cutter has not vibrated loose. Alternatively, use a product like ‘Loctite’ to fix the grub screw in place. Hint: to glue in a grub screw, do so over a light-coloured cloth on the kitchen table [I guarantee you will lose the grub screw if you do this in the workshop]. Position the screw hole over the flat edge on the cutter housing. Place a small drop of ‘Loctite’ in the hole and screw in the grub screw.