A router is a must have in any shop and choosing the right bits is the most important item when creating any finished product with a router. Router bits come in hundreds of different styles and are used to create decorative effects and help joint wood together. Router bits are classified as either edge bits or non-edge bits. Edge bits have a small wheel on the bottom that guides the bit on the material your are working on. Non-edge bits require a fence or router table. Below are some router bits that are commonly used.
Router Bit Materials
High Speed Steel – Good for soft woods and are very inexpensive. Don't use on hardwood as you will dull the bit and end up causing more strain on your router.
Carbide Tipped – More expensive than the High-Speed Steel, but better for hardwoods and will stay sharper longer. I would suggest these bits. Again, you pay a little more, but in the long run, it is worth it.
Solid Carbide – Very durable and very expensive. These are designed for a specific application such as mortising, laminate or pattern cutting.
Type of Common Router Bits
A straight blade cuts dado and grooves.