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So you bought a router, now what do you do? Before you can get started, you need to
purchase some router bits. Depending on the type of project you want to
complete, you may need just one or a variety of different bits.
Here's a brief overview of the different types of router bits and what type of projects you can complete with them.
Straight router bits – With and Without a Bearing:
Straight router bits are great for a variety of basic cutting applications. You
can use one to notch out a board or plunge out a section of the workpiece.
Straight bits with bearings – often referred to as Flush Trim Router Bits – are
great for trimming the edge of pieces. The bearing sits on the workpiece while
the straight portion cuts the material back a set distance from the edge.
Edge Treatment Router Bits – With and Without a Bearing:
Edge Treatment Router Bits do just as they are described – place
a decorative edge on a board. Like
straight router bits, they can come with or without a bearing. Many that come with a bearing can be used with
or without it. Styles include ogee,
ovolo, bevel, cove, bull nose, round-over to name a few. These are great for adding detail to a sign,
table or furniture edge, plaque and more.
Joinery Router Bits:
Instead of using hand tools to create dovetails, rabbets and
other types of joints, you can use your router and the appropriate router bit. Different
sized dovetail router bits, rabbeting router bits and specialty tongue-and-groove
router bits can create those joints.
These are great to use when making boxes, furniture like dresser
drawers, tabletops and more.
Cabinet Door, Drawer and Window Router Bits:
Creating your own custom cabinets can
be accomplished with your router too.
Typically, cabinetmaking bits are considered a specialty router bits. However, once you become adept at router
usage, there are a vast amount of cabinet door, drawer or window bits to choose
from. Based on your style preferences,
you can create rail and stile doors with many different raised-panel profiles
like Shaker, cove, bevel, ogee and more.
Architectural Router Bits:
With your router and some architectural router bits you can
create custom molding, trim, handrails and other decorative pieces for your
home. Each of these bits would also be
considered a specialty item. A wide
variety of profiles exist that allow you to choose one – or several that can be
stacked – to create a custom look in your house or office space.
As you can tell, there's a lot you can accomplish with your
router and one or many of the most common types of router bits. Keep in mind what size router you have and
match the bits (typically 1/4" or 1/2" shank sizes) and the power of
your router with the job at hand.
Straight & Spiral Router Bits
Item 03K33Model RU2100
Item 154274Model UDC9112
Item 03K32Model RU1600
Item 812126Model RD2100
Edge Treatment Router Bits
Item 24B92Model 2000C
Item 24B94Model 2001
Item 24C25Model 2009
Item 24C22Model 2006
Joinery Router Bits
Item 24D64Model 6705A
Item 24D67Model 6710A
Item 24D32Model 2306
Door & Window Router Bits
Item 08I42Model 3050
Item 150803Model 6001
Item 24F36Model 5952
Item 150805Model 6003
Architectural Router Bits
Item 24B36Model 1406
Item 816161Model 1407
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