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Forum topic by paphman posted 06-21-2010 06:48 PM 1100 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-21-2010 06:48 PM

I am just getting started with inlay. What will I needed for bits? I do not have any bits at this time, and would like to start to build a small collection of them. I have ordered a Trend t4 router for this, as many on the site said this was a good one for what I am doing. Thanks


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#1 posted 06-21-2010 06:54 PM

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#2 posted 06-21-2010 07:13 PM

Just to add to the question…. I have heard to use spiral up-cut bits…. Is that correct?

I too want to give these a go so bad. Been itching to snag some bits but didn’t want to buy something I couldn’t use.

Here is a link I found and thought about buying, but wanted to get expert advice before I spent the money (I know they are cheap, but I’m a tightwad….lol)

Spiral Upcut Router Bits

Would these work?

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#3 posted 06-21-2010 10:06 PM

“Would these work?”


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#4 posted 06-22-2010 12:53 PM

Thanks Gene….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#5 posted 06-22-2010 03:36 PM

I might be missing something here, but I thought you were to use downcut bits with inlay. Is this correct or am I wrong. Thanks


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#6 posted 06-22-2010 04:02 PM

Well, you could use a stick and a spoon with some tradeoffs, but yeah, down cut will tend to tear out less.

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#7 posted 06-22-2010 05:44 PM

I suppose it depends on the size of the inlay.

I use a dado / planer bit (Delta or CMT – same thing) for wider inlay (3/4” or more). It creates a nice flat bottom with little if any tearout on the sides.

I have been making stall plaques with inlay for the equine (horse) industry for the last 11 years, and found them to be the best to use.

Also have solid carbide spiral up and downcut bits, they work fine for narrow work.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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