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#1 posted 02-10-2011 06:08 AM

Yes – 1/2 inch are better for all the reasons mentioned, but Nikko 18 is the advise worth most for you right now. I started with a good set of 1/4 Hickory bits and still use them 10 years later. But this post is about you, not me. You’re on a budget and just feeling your way around the router world. Sounds like you got a decent machine and a good set will do you fine for now. As you get more experience you’ll discover what bits you use the most and you’ll want to replace those with good bits.

As for your picture frame question, a 1” bit will be a lot of facing for frames. I do picture frames and use small profile bits from my set. A quick picture frame lesson… rout a long piece of wood and then cut the pieces from it. This is not a router advise, but when cutting your pieces, you need 2 things. The angle needs to be a perfect 45 degree angle and the opposite sides (2 sides) or (top + bottom) need to be exactly the same length. a 1/64 inch difference will throw you off.

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