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jonlan

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03-27-2016 10:54 PM

Hi All,

I finally pulled the trigger on an Incra router table. I got the Combo #3 and I’m anxiously waiting through my 4-5 week waiting period. While I wait, I was thinking about what bits I’d need for the system. Specifically, what size dovetail bits I’d need. As I dont have the instruction book or manual yet I’m really not sure. Im going to assume that this WhiteSide set that Incra sells is the ticket…

http://www.incrementaltools.com/INCRA_Joinery_Router_Bit_Set_p/605-whiteside.htm

Looks like Amazon has the same set (605-WhiteSide) for 95 so a little cheaper there. So while I’m assuming these are the bits I’d need for Dovetails on the LS system, I’d like some confirmation.

Anyone have any thoughts? I read somewhere that this is a nice starter set for the Incra system and Im wondering what that means.

Thanks – Jon


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#1 posted 03-27-2016 11:11 PM

I have a similar setup. I went with the metric version of the system just because I’m allergic to fractions.

I bought the metric equivalent of the Whiteside bit set you mentioned and I have been very happy with the quality of these bits. Don’t have a lot of experience with other brands to compare, but can’t find any fault with the Whiteside.

Enjoy…

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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Ger21

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#2 posted 03-28-2016 11:49 AM

I bought a bit set when I bought my first incra fence 20 years ago. I used one bit in the set.

I always recommend against buying sets of bits, as you’ll almost always pay for bits that you won’t use. Buy bits as you need them, and you won’t end up with unused bits.

Size of bits is highly dependent on the thickness of wood your working with. 1/2” 14° are probably the most commonly used.

-- Gerry, http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/index.html http://www.jointcam.com

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#3 posted 03-28-2016 03:17 PM

Gerry has my up vote. My experience with sets is you often don’t use them all, making the bits you do use much more expensive.
That aside, I do have the Whiteside/Incra 1/2” shank set. The Incra templates call out for the bits by model number, but basically you just need to know what angle dove tail bit you need. There are bits for ‘large’ dovetails (board thickness of 1/2”+) and “small” dovetails 1/2” and less. I haven’t done many of the joints possible with the Incra system, just the basic dovetails. I’ve used maybe three bits out of that set. The straight bits (for box joints) have never been used. I typically do my box joints on the table saw and I have a dozen or so straight bits bought separately already. The three bits I used would have cost about $55 if purchased separately.

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USAwoodArt

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#4 posted 03-28-2016 03:29 PM

I buy individual bits when I have a use for them. These days it is easy to buy a bit online and have it within a few days. I have found the Whiteside bits to be the best of all I have tried and now pretty much use them exclusively. I have 2 Incra router systems and find them far better than any other router table and system i have previously owned.

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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jonlan

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#5 posted 03-28-2016 03:32 PM

That makes total sense. I had assumed that the sets were maybe a better deal but it sounds like they really arent.

That being said – Would one of you with the Incra LS setup mind telling me which WhiteSide bits the Incra templates look for? I do plan on doing box joints on this system as well so maybe in my case the 605 kit would make sense since I’d use them all?

Thanks – Jon

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splintergroup

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#6 posted 03-28-2016 05:54 PM

That being said – Would one of you with the Incra LS setup mind telling me which WhiteSide bits the Incra templates look for? I do plan on doing box joints on this system as well so maybe in my case the 605 kit would make sense since I d use them all?

Thanks – Jon

- jonlan

If you will use them all, the set basically will get you a free hard plastic case (at the $118 retail set price)

Using current Holbren.com prices:

Whiteside # $$$$
1058 $15.29
1062 $14.91
D9-376 $19.18
D14-55 $20.30
D7-625 $22.90
D7-750 $25.92
__ $118.50

So with the $95 price you basically get a free bit and case.

Many retailers have sales on Whiteside bits (I’ve seen up to about 10% off) and free shipping
so if you use every bit it will save you a few bucks.

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JeffP

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#7 posted 03-28-2016 11:18 PM

...yeah, but that little red plastic case is AWESOME!

Mostly because I can always find my bits. Without that little case, the only bit I would be able to find is the one in the router. :)

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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splintergroup

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#8 posted 03-29-2016 03:23 PM



...yeah, but that little red plastic case is AWESOME!

Mostly because I can always find my bits. Without that little case, the only bit I would be able to find is the one in the router. :)

- JeffP


8^)
The best way I’ve found to locate my missing bits is to blow dust of the router table with compressed air. The expensive carbide bits then come out of their hiding places and make a chipped cutter ‘ding’ as they fall onto the concrete slab.

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