I'm looking for some suggestions on router bits to purchase.
Here's the situation: I've worked with basic woodworking for a while,
but always "rough" stuff (deck, wooden playset), or basic stuff like
shelves in the basement, garage, etc. I'm starting to get interested
in making better quality items, like simple furniture (end tables,
benches, etc.). This is just a hobby, not my job, so I'm not looking
at needing top of the line, super heavy duty items.
Recently I had an opportunity to get one of the Ryobi 1803 three base
router kits (without going into all the details, a friend had one that
was opened, but unused and he let me have it for $50. And no, it
wasn't "hot"<G>). Along with the router he gave me a basic Harbor
Freight 15 piece 1/4" shank carbide bit set. I know the harbor
freight stuff is pretty much junk, but I figure if nothing else it
would give me something to start with while I'm learning, and as my
needs (and skill) improve I would buy better quaility bits as I need
However, Woodcraft is now running their router bit sale. They have 10
basic 1/2" shank bits, all for $5. I'd like to take advantage of this
sale and purchase three or four bits, but I really don't have a feel
for what bits I'm most likely to use, and I can't afford all 10 at
this time (especially if I won't hardly use some of them).
Sorry for the long winded build up, but my question is: Of the ones
currently on sale at Woodcraft, What bits are the most likely I'll use
for my needs; basic furniture and similar items.
If nothing else, I thought I might lean toward three or four of the
more expensive ones, figuring that if I end up needing the other ones
after the sale, it won't be as much of a price jump.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.