Ultimate cutter kit
The Ultimate cutter kit will get you started, from a carcass, to a completed box. The Ultimate cutter kit will also introduce you to the joy of making a box on a router table.
Each cutter has been thoughtfully chosen for a specific box making function…
01 Rebate cutter, TGRC1 B ½. Cut the trench for the base and the lid of a box. The rebate cutter cuts a rebate 4mm wide and 5mm deep [see also item #06]. [G]
02 Panel raising bit, TGPR 1 ½. This cutter creates 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 ½. Use this cutter in conjunction with the slot cutter to make a ‘frame-and-panel’ lid. 32mm diameter, 8º negative shear angle for a super clean cut. [G]
04 Slot cutter, TA700 3.2 M ½. This cutter will cut the slot to insert the tenon for the ‘frame-and-panel’ lid. Off-the-shelf slot cutter, 3.2mm cut, 51mm diameter.
05 Spiral cutter, TSRW 5.32. Use the spiral cutter to cut open the box with two passes to get crisp, clean edges. Off-the-shelf 4mm 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.
Cutter kits by Gifkins Dovetail
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]. A starter kit to craft a carcass into a box.
- The Ultimate upgrade cutter kit [cutters 07 to 11]. Complete the set to add finesse and style to your boxes.
- The Master cutter kit [cutters 01 to 11]. The full set of box making cutters.
Please note: postage will be added when we process your order.
Cutter, bearing and collet care:
Prolong the life of your equipment and save money by following these simple steps.
 Bearings: Before every box making session, place a drop of sewing machine oil in the bearing to keep it moist. Do not use a drying agent like CRC. The bearing is not sealed, so sawdust and grime build up over time. If you don’t keep the bearing clean, it will seize, causing damage to the cutter and your template.
 Cutters: Scrub the cutter blades and the outside surface of the bearing with a toothbrush to remove resin and dirt build-up.
 Collet: Clean the router collet in the same way, placing a small drop of oil inside the collet to dissolve resin build-up.
 Grub screws: 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 it over a light coloured cloth on a table. 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.
All Gifkins Dovetail cutters are designed for use in a table mounted router, and should not be used in a hand held router. We don’t guarantee cutters 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).