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 I listed 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 hard wood 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 hard woods 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 specific application such as mortising, laminate or pattern cutting.
A straight blade cuts dado and grooves.
Cuts “V” grooves and patterns