Setting up router-bit sets to cut cabinet rails and stiles or to glue joints requires making cuts that are exact opposites in order for the boards' surfaces to be flush.

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Setting up router-bit sets to cut cabinet rails and stiles or to glue joints requires making cuts that are exact opposites in order for the boards' surfaces to be flush. I found that getting flush cuts was easy once I created templates to help with the setup.

To do this, I adjusted the bits to make flush cuts on a particular thickness of stock. Then I cut an extra piece, labeled it as shown, and saved it as a template. Now, anytime I need to make that cut, I just place the template block next to the bit and move the router up or down in the table until the bit profile perfectly matches the template.
—Patrick Grashorn, Gilcrest, Colo.