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Rockler 2-Pc. Rail/Stile Shaker Cutter Router Bit Set - 1/2" Shank

A distinctive chamfered edge makes this rail and stile set an excellent candidate for Shaker-style doors and drawers.
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These bits cut tight-fitting cope and stick joints for Shaker style door frames. Bearing-guided to prevent dips and ensure a perfect fit. Sturdy 1/2" shanks and precision balancing ensure stability while routing, while the high-grade carbide provides a long cutting life.

(1) 2-Piece Rockler Rail/Stile Shaker Cutter Bit Set
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Brand Rockler
Weight 0.7000
Bit Type Stile & Rail
Diameter 1-5/8"
Shank Size 1/2"
Flutes 2
4.3 / 5.0
58 Reviews
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With a coping sled, and a setup block this bit set could not be easier. I want to make more doors.
May 17, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Really like these bits and the step by step instructional video
Really like these bits and the instructional video
Really like these bits and the instructional video
May 17, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Response from Rockler
Great looking door, it came out really well.
May 17, 2020
Dave G
Clean cut
I have a lot of doors and drawer fronts to make for our kitchen, but pantry and 2 baths (about 50 doors and 30 drawers). I bought both the Rockler and Freud shaker bevel sets. In my tests, the Rockler set cut cleaner and seemed to run more smoothly in the router table. I may still end up using the Freud set due to its 22 degree bevel vs 15 degree for Rockler. The fact that this set is not advertised as adjustable should not be deal-breaker. Whiteside sells bearings, washers and stick cutters that will fit. In fact, I am planning to try smaller bearings on both bits to get a bit longer mortises
February 29, 2020
3 months ago
Style and Rail
Does a great job and easy to use.
February 20, 2020
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Easy setup works great
February 15, 2020
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very good bits
Cuts clean with very tight joints
February 10, 2020
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Cabinet door joints made easy
Rockler’s 2-Pc. Rail/Stile Shaker Cutter Router Bit Set makes creating door joints easy
The Rail/Stile Shaker Bit Set made it easy to create the door for this cabinet towel rake
The Rail/Stile Shaker Bit Set made it easy to create the door for this cabinet towel rake
February 2, 2020
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Shaker Hutch
I purchased these bits as my wife wanted a shaker style china hutch. They worked great, joints are snug fit and make assembly easy.
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December 20, 2019
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Rockler old style rail coping jig
Both rail and stile bits performed very well. The only problem that I had was I could not use my rail coping jig with the rail bit.
The jig that I have is the old style Rocker one without the plastic guide at the top. I could not put the jig base against the fence because ro the depth of the cutter. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
November 13, 2019
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
I bought these bits to make Shaker style doors for custom cabinets I’m building. These with the coping sled made building the doors a breeze! Paired with the set up jig bit set up was so easy!
October 29, 2019
7 months ago
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Style I am looking for
Stephen W on May 19, 2020
I'm interested in the shaker door style.
dennis c on May 18, 2020
Style I am looking for
Stephen W on May 19, 2020
I like the simple shaker design created by these cutters.
Michael C on May 18, 2020
I'm interested in the shaker door style.
dennis c on May 18, 2020
I like the overall style. Simple but elegant.
Richard C on May 17, 2020
I got this to add to my shop tools.
Robert M on May 10, 2020
needed these bits to match with jigs purchased earlier.
VANCE S on May 6, 2020
I purchased this router bit set to build cabinet doors and drawers for my daughter. I have used a different profile to make doors for my kitchen. These sets make nice doors and are easy to use! Very pleased.
Tim P on May 3, 2020
David Shinn G on Apr 22, 2020
like the design
Ray M on Apr 15, 2020
building doors for custom base cabinets in library
Donald F on Mar 26, 2020
Great reviews!,,
Richard G on Mar 18, 2020
To make shaker style cabinet doors
Capt Tom. on Mar 15, 2020
This will be my first door project. I like the simplicity of the design as well as the price.
JEFFREY B on Mar 14, 2020
I need to build some doors to match my current cabinets.
TODD B on Mar 13, 2020
I have other rail and stile profiles, but wanted something different for a project
James C on Mar 11, 2020
Need to make does for a cabinet I'm building
Tim on Mar 7, 2020
they are the best I havefound
chuck t on Feb 27, 2020
Needed for upcoming project - sale
Darrell H on Jan 29, 2020
larry j on Jan 27, 2020
to make doors on my latest project
Shawn L on Jan 25, 2020
This is used to make cabinet doors with this design
Matt L on Jan 24, 2020
These bits are just what I need to cut my Shaker Style rails and stiles.
Joe Ward T on Jan 23, 2020
Making cabinet doors.
Mark Z on Jan 17, 2020
Going to make new doors......Rockler Reputation!!
paul c on Jan 14, 2020
I need to build new kitchen cabinet doors, and I trust every product I have ever bought from Rockler.
Travis Sharp L on Jan 13, 2020
I am making cabinets with shaker style doors and needed the shaker profile bits. I have had great success with Rockler products so I wanted to go with Rockler router bits.
Steve S on Jan 13, 2020
Rocker rocks!
Rick Y on Jan 9, 2020
Great router bits. Have some other profiles and needed a shaker style for a client.
Jamie B on Jan 5, 2020
the woman wants shaker cabinets, the woman gets shaker cabinets
Michael H on Jan 4, 2020
Trying to match some other cabinets and the profile looked very similar to what I need.
Frank W on Jan 3, 2020
Will be making cabinets for storage children's room. These are reasonably priced.
Tommy P on Jan 1, 2020
I have a kitchen remodel job that has this style currently and we will be adding cabinets to match existing.
Michael B on Dec 27, 2019
I have used router bits from Rockler in the past. They preformed very well.
Jeff U on Dec 18, 2019
Was going to buy Freud bit set until I found the setup jig for Rockler bit set. Easy and repeatable setup a good thing
Brian L on Dec 18, 2019
Good experience with Rockler producr
Ron M on Dec 17, 2019
husband put on his wish list
K G on Dec 13, 2019
quality bits, good price.
christopher m on Dec 3, 2019
Great deal!
DON W on Dec 2, 2019
Makes a beautiful cabinet door
Julian T O on Dec 1, 2019
Quality and strength at good price.
Scott F on Nov 29, 2019
Will be my first time using a router table to make shaker style doors and these bits have the optional setup jig available for purchase, so it should be pretty easy for me to setup and learn how to use them.
J U on Nov 29, 2019
to save set up time
Cecile R on Nov 2, 2019
like the twist on standard shaker style rail and stile design
Steve B on Oct 26, 2019
doing cabinets
Doug O on Oct 22, 2019
My wife likes shaker doors.
Joe J on Oct 10, 2019
I’m going to make panel doors for my boat.
PAUL K on Oct 8, 2019
This is the going things now so many wanted this
Patricia C on Sep 10, 2019
To make shaker style flat panel doors
Rory M on Aug 9, 2019
to make shaker cabinet doors
DANNY S on Aug 4, 2019
Birthday gift for my son, he is making kitchen cabinets.
Barbara K on Aug 1, 2019
I like the simple shaker design created by these cutters.
Michael C on May 18, 2020
I like the overall style. Simple but elegant.
Richard C on May 17, 2020
If using 2 1/4 material how do you figure out the rail length when using this bit? Rail length = 2 1/4 - 2 1/4 -bit ?
Michael D on Feb 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Let's say you are making a door frame and you want the outside dimension of your door to be 10" from stile to stile. Your material is 2 1/4 wide...2 (stiles) x 2 1/4 = 4 1/2. 10"-4 1/2 = 5 1/2" for the rail. Now add an extra 3/4" when the rail joins with the stile (3/8" extra for both sides), so your rail needs to be cut 6 1/4" before routing each end. Hope I made sense.
Is this a matched set?
Tracy F on Nov 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes it is. I know some may disagree with me but I ended up preferring the Rockler brand to the Freud brand. I find them to be just as sharp and in most cases outlasting the Freud bits. I build custom cabinets and furniture for a living and use these bits regularly.
Are these bits made in USA or are they made in China (or elsewhere)?
S W on Jun 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: These are made in Taiwan.
What size is this. The picture shows a 40431 (1) @5/8” and a 40431(2) @7/8”, but when I add it to the cart it comes up as 40431 no (1) or (2)?
Mike K on Jan 9, 2019
I'm looking for the set up jig for these bits. Can anyone help determine which part number is the correct set up jig for these? Thanks,
A shopper on Aug 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: There isn't one made specifically for this set; but you can use any set up jig made for a rail/stile combo and just adjust it to the cutter/gap for the panel.

Or, you can do as I did: make your own. Use one of the bits to cut one side of a sample board. Then, try the other bit on another sample piece of wood and adjust until you get a good fit. Finally, cut the other side of that original sample.
What is the exact width of the groove for the panel? Will it fit modern1/4" plywood(which I'm sure is less than 1/4") without slop. also how quickly will it ship?
Lon c on Aug 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes it is 1/4 inch. The amount of slop will be minimal, which is ok for expansion and contraction. I used it for raised door panels and they turned out great. Rockler has always been great for fast shipping, at least for me.
How deep is the grove cut in the stile and/or how long is the tenon on the Rail?
Kyle M on Jan 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Both are 3/8 of an inch and the cutters work well I have made a couple of hundred doors before needing sharpening.
Once these are routed, will the frame accept a 1/4" wood or glass? I didn't see that on the specs but maybe this is a standard thickness.
Jason C on Nov 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the slot is 1/4". However, be aware that most 1/4" plywood is actually thinner than 1/4" and will need some shims to make it tight.
What thickness panel fits in panel slot?
Stephan on Apr 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: 1/4” panel fits perfectly. Anything slightly under would have to be shined or caulked
How powerful of a router do these bits require? Rpm?
scott s on Feb 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: well I use a delta table top wood shaper, with a router collet, it works fine, but I would think a11/2horse power as the minimum would be fine, variable speed of course.
Why is the groove bit angled out for the face of the cabinet? That doesn't look like classic shaker. Am I missing something?
Ryan R on Apr 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think it's a more modern take on the Shaker design that many cabinet makers are using these days. A straight joint could be done on the table saw without needing a router bit set like this, but for a prefect fit in the corners you can't beat this. All a preference for what style suits you. I used to do these all on the table saw but went with this for kitchen cabinets.
what is the exact size of the panel cutter, as panel sizes vary these days from 5.5 to 5.9mm?
Ken B on Mar 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It cuts 1/4" slot. Most plywood is slightly less than 1/4".
I have a small shop so I am looking at this router table. I am looking at possibly making some cabinet doors using the Rockler Rail & Stile Shaker bit set. Is this even feasible on this convertible table?
Josh T on Feb 5, 2020
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BEST ANSWER: Josh, I use the Shaker Rail/Stile bit on a homemade router table (made from Norm Abrams plans) and they work great. I don’t see why they wouldn’t work on any router table. To make the rails and stiles I use the Rockler coping sled and it works great. One note, the bits are pretty beefy so you will want to make sure that your router can handle them (I use a Porter Cable 7518). Good Luck!
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I just received this set and i am wondering what the pack of shims are for.?
Brian C on Jan 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: They are to adjust the width of the tounge
Are these cutters adjustable like the Freud version for different types of stock?
Robert R on Apr 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Negative. These are fixed cutters without adjustment that you can found on some of Freud's bit.
Hello, What width of wood do I start with if I want to end up with 2 1/2 inch stiles?
Lynn V on Aug 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 2 1/2" the cutter only groves it
Robert M on Feb 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 7/8 is about as thick as you can go with this bit
What is the thickness of the slot cut? Will it fit a 1/4 panel or 3/8?
Mike E on May 11, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The bit set will cut a slot to fit a 1/4" panel.
Does the bearing ride on a 5/16' arbor? That is pretty common for other cutters. I may want to sub a different size bearing.
GJ on Feb 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The bearings on these cutters are both the same the brand name - NMB Thailand 608Z. The bearings measured .8658 OD x .3148 ID x .2752 TH. which appears to be a standard metric bearing ( 22mm x 8mm x 7mm). The arbor size was .3134 which would probably be tight for a 5/16 ID inch bearing. The thread on the arbor was also metric M8 x 1mm. If you are changing to a different bearing .. one with a 8mm bore will fit the arbor properly.
What is the degree angle of the bevel #40431?
Alberto W on Jan 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It’s a 20 degree angle.
Do you have a set block for the shake stile and rail set?
Ralph B on Dec 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I've made my own from scrap oak.
what speed do you run the router at with these?
John W on Jun 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I ran my router at full speed, and had good results.
what is the depth of the groove/length of the tongue? I'm trying to figure out what number to use for the Rockler Woodshop Calculator. Thanks!
longhorn14 on Nov 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It's 1 1/2 in. That is 1/4 in for the panel and 1/4 in for space balls.
I have a white side conversion kit that I use on my rockler classic bit set. Would this work on the shaker set for the 5.5mm size panels?
C A on Sep 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You should be fine with 5.5 mm panels.
can these bits be sharpened?
Mike G on Aug 31, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They're carbide, but can still be sharpened or honed with a diamond tool.
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