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Posted on Router bit question -- upcut vs. downcut

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#1 posted 12-21-2011 10:07 PM

I’m going to speak up to comment on Mike’s comment above. I have never sensed that the spiral bits provided a cleaner cut – but they are faster. In fact, they can be very fast.

On many occasions I have used my plunge router and a Mortise Pal jig with the doweling template to “drill” holes for dowel connections. I can “drill” a 1/2” x 2” hole in about 5 to 10 seconds depending on the wood with a upcut bit.. I cannot come close to that with a straight bit or with a drill press. Of course, a DP is running at about 1000 rpm and the router is running at 22,000 rpm.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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