The Best Bits for Pattern-Routing
For flawless results, pick the right cutter and bearing for the job
Synopsis: Curved work is no problem when you use a router and a template, as long as you have the right bit. Those looking to choose a bearing-guide router bit face what can be a bewildering array of choices—straight flutes, spiral flutes, and different bearing configurations. Steve Latta has tried them all, and he has advice for which bits to use for different tasks. He also offers a real-world buying guide that spells out a handful of options that will meet the majority of your pattern-routing needs.
Armed with a router and a template, you can tame any curve a furniture project throws at you, as long as you have the right bit for the job. But because of the large range of options, making the right choice can be difficult. Bearingguided bits are available in straight and spiraled flutes that are designed to tackle a variety of materials,…