All About Router Bits
How to choose the ones you really need
Synopsis: Jeff Greef takes a look at router bits to help you buy wisely. He discusses the history of the router and the longevity of steel and carbide. He spells out in detail which bits are better for which specific cuts, explains how arbors with removable cutters are more versatile, and how replaceable cutters and special coatings affect performance. Anti-kickback designs are widely available, he says, and he explains how to spot a quality bit. The article includes tips on choosing bits and adding to your collection.
For many woodworkers, a good-quality router may seem like an expensive tool. But few of us realize as we start to acquire tools that the cost of a router, or even several routers, pales in comparison to what we’ll spend over time for bits. The growing selection of bits is what makes the router so versatile. They’re capable of everything from molding edges…