Fit Problems with Re-Sharpened Cope-and-Stick Cutters
It also pays to buy good quality multi-piece cutter sets, as they are the type that can be adjusted. One piece cutters for interlocking profiles are a bad purchase since they lose fit quality after just one sharpening.
From contributor J:
I used to have the same problems. Once those things are ground down, they lose their factory tolerances. My suggestion would be to get a set of insert cutters. Yes, more expensive, but you can replace the inserts for about the cost of sharpening, and they'll always match up like they should.
From contributor C:
Contributor J brings up a valid point on looking at insert tooling for cope and stick and other fit tolerance specific applications. These are available from a number of suppliers.
Contributor T is right about working with a sharpening facility that will sharpen your set as a matched set.
From contributor G:
When you have a profile that needs to be matched, i.e. stile/rail, finger joint, etc. it is very difficult with a TCT type cutter to match after the service. When you service a TCT cutter, you remove material from the face of the tool. Once you do that, the radius will change. As a few mentioned, insert tools will always match.
From contributor Y:
I second the insert tooling - we've used it for years and long term, it's cheaper.
From contributor P:
We use Freeborn cutters. They resharpen and index the cutters before shipping.
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