If you’re in the market for a new router, check out how many wood working router bits come with it. A lot of the time the cheaper models will include a wide range of wood working router bits, but it may not be such a great deal if the router isn’t going to last long.
A good quality router is essential for anyone working with wood, but there are a mind-boggling number of wood working router bits available in the market. No matter what you’re designing or building, there’s a router bit for the job.
For instance, just for cabinet making there are about eight different styles of bits and another eight for glue joints. And if you are profiling wood you can choose from two dozen different wood working router bits. From double round, ogee fillet, plunge ogee and specialty molding bits to wavy edge and classic cove bits to name just a few.
|Classic Multi-Form Router Bit|
|Makes a variety of traditional moldings.|
Fixed or Plunge Router Bits
There are two types of routers, the fixed, is used on most surfacing and joints, and the plunge, which is more applicable to making internal cuts. More control is required as the bit can be plunged into the wood to start a design and this type of control isn’t available on a fixed router.
There are wood working router bits for plunge routers as well, such as the plunge roundover, plunge handgrip and the plunge ogee, to name just a few. It’s important to remember that not all fixed router bits can be used as a plunge wood working router bit as it won’t have the tail piece to be able to start the cut.
The ease of use of wood working router bit sets can help with your projects if you obtain the proper set. There are pre-assembled sets for raised panel work, cabinet making, form bit sets and basic bit sets. For most beginners a basic set is the best bet.
Carbide-tipped wood working router bits are special long-lasting bits which will stay sharp longer. Cheaper wood working router bits are available but like with any wood working tools and accessories, you get what you pay for.
Sharpening a bit takes special care and expertise and to trying to renew the cutting edge on a cheap bit may not be worth the effort. So the need to replace the bit in most cases does justify buying the better quality bit upfront.