NOTE: No bearing is used in this
A bonus feature of a rail and stile set is the ability to change the cutting profile for other jobs. For example, when it comes to glass-paneled doors, I don't like trapping the glass in a groove. The reason is simple — if the glass breaks, there's no way to replace it. Instead, I usually set the glass in a rabbet routed in the inside edge and hold it in place with a stop or retaining clips.
To modify the bits for glass-panel doors, start by removing the nuts from both bits. Next, remove the wing cutter from the rail bit and replace it with the bearing from the stile bit, as in detail 'a.' Now when the rail ends are cut, only the reverse of the profile is removed from the workpiece.
Then to match this profile on the stile bit, add the wing cutter from the rail bit above the groove cutter, as in detail 'b.' Now, you'll want to make sure the cutting edges are offset (like a stacked dado set) and facing the right way. This bit cuts the profile as well as the rabbet for the glass.
Shop Note: Because there isn't a bearing on the stile bit, be sure to leave the fence in place when changing bits. This will keep the correct depth of cut.
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