New Router & deck completed

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Blog entry by Jarod posted 01-19-2009 08:56 PM 736 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I picked up the Freud router from HD that was posted here on LJ a few weeks ago for $99. Haven’t had much time to use it yet though. I spent this weekend building a 10×20 deck in my backyard. Real simple, 2×6s for the frame & 2×6x20’s for the surface. I’ll take pics later. Right now i’m sore as hell. The next task is to clean out my garage & build some storage & a table for my new router. I haven’t picked up any router bits yet, any recommendations on good starter kits? Or should I just pick up piece by piece as I need them?

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#1 posted 01-19-2009 09:46 PM

Generally the router kits are a lot like the software packages that come with a new computer. Some are useful but others are bundled in there because the companies have a hard time selling them. I bought a kit of 12 bits several years ago and have only used 3 of them.

I find the following useful in the woodworking that I do:

roundover bits (1/4, 3/8, 1/2 and 3/4) are the sizes I use the most)
straight bits
cove bits
flush trim and pattern bits
rabbeting bits (you can get these as a kit with several bearings)

So I guess my answer would be to get the ones you think you are going to use and go from there.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 01-20-2009 12:46 AM

I sure agree with Scott.It’s easy to spend lots of money on “package” deals which contain bits you’ll seldom if ever use.

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#3 posted 01-20-2009 02:04 AM

Bits depend on how much use they will get. If you are a router bit nut, then get hte good ones. for occasional use, look at simpler and less expensive ones

-- making sawdust....

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