I would like to purchase a set of fairly decent but cheap router bits to
play around with and determine what I will really want to keep in my stock
on a more frequent basis. I do have some I play with from Rockler and
Woodcraft and some I will continue to use which are the better grades such
as Freud and Whiteside which I can pick up locally. Therefore, can someone
recommend a variety set of bits which won't bust the bank and won't bust at
First you need to establish what direction your projects are going to
take. If you're going to make cabinet doors or jewelry boxes. Buy good
ones you _know_ you're going to use often, then a cheap set for
fooling around. I sometimes end up with sets of 24 or 36 bits if I
just cannot refuse the deal. Most often along with another order of
stuff. Then I use the straight bits and maybe a couple more, but those
cheap ones will never go near anything that is important to me as
bearings have been known to fail, ruining a job.
Any number of places have "starter sets" of relative sizes and costs;
I'd think any would be adequate to simply play with unless you're
talking about playing w/ sugar maple or some such and expecting
perfection at the same time.
I've never bought anything except what I've wanted/needed; primarily
Amana and Whiteside so no direct hands on to go by. But, the Griz
generally gets good marks on controlling quality at least reasonably at
moderate cost; might give that a look.
Others may have other ideas...
IMHO, you can't get there from here.
You might buy a set of basic (1/4,3/8,1/2) cove, round over, and
straight bits, maybe even a couple of beading bits.
After that, buy them on an as needed basic.
I've had good luck with infinity in Tampa area.
Check out their "Overstock" prices.
That's what I have done, which is why I have the Freuds and Whiteside, but
recently I wanted to experiment with the roundover and I'm not sure what
size to get and stick with. Therefore, I thought maybe a set containing a
few roundovers, then I can choose what I like the best or, at least know
what to buy in a better grade when I know I'll be using it again on better
============================> That's what I have done, which is why I have the Freuds and
=========================You lost me.
Therefore, I thought maybe a set containing a
I practice the following:
Garbage wood, garbage bits.
Quality wood, quality bits.
If you want to experiment, try some poplar.
As far as mixed brands of bits, who cares.
OTOH, there is no place for junk bits, IMHO.
What size wood? If 3/4" you are likely to use a 3/8" radius bit most
frequently, 1/4" occasionally.
In addition to those I have 1/16, 1/8 and 3/4. I use the 3/4 once in a
while, the 1/8 rarely. I've never used the 1/16 (it was part of an auction
lot) and likely never will...easier to use a plane and/or sandpaper.
Buy 2-3 decent bits suitable for the stock you use, forget others unless you
really, really need them - not likely you will.
For those situations where a small round-over is needed, I often find it *much*
a lot more fun) to just use a "SlickPlane":
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
The price is ridiculously low for a device that works as well as it does, and
you can put a
1/8" or 1/4" round-over down the length of a four foot board in less than thirty
fast or faster than a router even if it's all set up and ready to go.
Repeat after me:
"I am we Todd it. I am sofa king we Todd it."
I vaguely remember reading a review of router bits in FWW (?) within
the last few years, which rated Oldham bits fairly well. You can get
these at HD pretty cheap, I don't know if they have sets.
I might be wrong though. Just ask my wife.
I've got a Ryobi set from HD. Looks like HD doesn't sell them any longer,
but it was a 20-ish bit set with various sizes of straight, cove, and
rabbiting bits. I've used most of them, and would recommend such a set. I
think the whole thing cost around $60-70.
Mine have 1/2" shafts, and the ones showing on the HD site show 1/4"
Problem is, a good set will cost the bank, likely more that you're
presently willing to pay. Since you feel that you're still in the
experimentation stage, I'd suggest buying a few cheap ones at a time
and experimenting with those until they wear our or burn themselves
Go through a few bit listings and pick out a few that seem interesting
to use on some project. Most listings show what kind of cut the bits
I know nothing about these bits and it may be a bait and switch ("100
sets available at this price") for all I know, but PeachTree
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