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Forum topic by thatwoodworkingguy posted 05-31-2010 04:29 AM 2807 views 0 times favorited 37 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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thatwoodworkingguy

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05-31-2010 04:29 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question router

I currently have….well..to many router bits. It seems like I keep getting duplicates for some reason when theres a sale.
Wondering how big your stash is!

-- thatwoodworkingguy.com ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~


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woodman71

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#1 posted 05-31-2010 04:33 AM

For me it seems I never have enough have good size but could use more.

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#2 posted 05-31-2010 04:34 AM

I haven’t counted but I would guess 200-250.

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#3 posted 05-31-2010 05:08 AM

I have 2 cheap 1/4”shank starter sets I don’t use anymore. A 15 piece 1/4”shank carbide bit set. Now I buy 1/2” shank bits and have about 15 of them. I buy them as I need them so my collection has only just begun.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#4 posted 05-31-2010 01:48 PM

probably about 100 or so, of which I use about 5 with any regularity.

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Ger21

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#5 posted 05-31-2010 02:55 PM

Jim, that’s only 5/router, so you actually have less than everyone else. :-)

I’ve probably got around 50-60 different styles, accumulated over the last 20+ years.

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#6 posted 05-31-2010 03:03 PM

I counted 47 bits with a 1/4” shank. I only use 3-4 of these because I do not have a 1/2” shank version of those bits. For example, a 1/16” diameter straight bit is only available with a 1/4” shank. I have one.

I count 38 bits with a 1/2” shank. I use about a dozen on a regular basis. However, I have used most of them at least once.

I’ve recently discovered how much I like the spiral up-cut straight bits – both with and without a guide bearing on the end. I currently have 3, but I am going to get more.

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

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MedicKen

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#7 posted 05-31-2010 03:12 PM

Somewhere in the neighborhood of 150, mostly 1/2” shank. I got one of the big sets from Eagle for Christmas a few years ago and for a mid range priced set of bits they are very nice

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TheWoodsmith

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#8 posted 05-31-2010 03:15 PM

I got like 72 i beleive, Picked up a cheap set from ebay, pitbull or something like that, Great bits actually, but i really should look into a speed control for my router, But i’m pretty sure its a soft-start so i might have to tool up again. The thing is that some of those heavier bits just need to be run a touch slower, i make alot of passes!

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TheWoodsmith

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#9 posted 05-31-2010 03:16 PM

P.S, ThatWoodworkingguy, are you the same woodworking guy of the etsy.com fame?

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UnionLabel

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#10 posted 05-31-2010 03:40 PM

I think maybe 125 to 150. Most 1/2” shanks, but a few 1/4” for my palm routers

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rsmith71

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#11 posted 05-31-2010 05:03 PM

150 or so.

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tyskkvinna

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#12 posted 05-31-2010 05:20 PM

Somewhere between 75 and 150. Strictly router bits.

My sheet router holds a lot more than router bits though, so in total I have 500+ bits I use on it.

I bounce around between bits all the time. I guess the “core group” would be about 20.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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knotscott

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#13 posted 05-31-2010 05:29 PM

Without counting, probably 100-150.

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bayspt

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#14 posted 05-31-2010 05:47 PM

Just counted 21. All 1/2” save one 1/4” straight bit.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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makedust

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#15 posted 05-31-2010 10:18 PM

I have about 50-60 router bits. Mostly 1/2” shank because I rarely get a 1/4” shank bit any more. I have only two routers, and they both will receive 1/2” shank bit which are much more stable.

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