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Forum topic by handystanley posted 05-10-2011 08:33 PM 2159 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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handystanley

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05-10-2011 08:33 PM

I was at the Rockler store in Pleasant Hill, CA on Saturday and found out that they are going to have a HUGE sale on Saturday, May 21st. On the flyer they are discounting the Rockler brand router bits and I thought that if I go I would pick up one or two (budgetary reasons why so few).

First, how are the Rockler router bits?

Secondly, if you could only have 2, 4, 6, or 8 bits, which ones would you get?

If I purchase any – I always get ones with 1/2” shanks.

Thanks.

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA


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Loren

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#1 posted 05-10-2011 08:38 PM

Chamfer, slot cutters, and round-overs are the ones I’ve used most.

Round-overs are worth buying a set of 4 or more of, imo. Cove
bits are ok but I’d say you only need a couple of sizes. Core box
bits, same thing – a couple go a long way. One of those pointy
veining bits can be handy.

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syenefarmer

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#2 posted 05-10-2011 10:05 PM

Here’s one suggested list of must haves…........7 Must Have Router Bits

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knotscott

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#3 posted 05-10-2011 10:09 PM

I typically find Rockler bits to be overpriced for what they are…decent import bits that are roughly on par with MLCS, Woodline, Grizzly, etc. Some of their sale prices are pretty good, and the bits seem a lot more realistically priced when heavily discounted.

My most used bits are 1/4” straight, rabbet, roundover, cove, 45° chamfer, ogee, thumbnail table edge, and pattern straight bit.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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dbhost

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#4 posted 05-10-2011 10:39 PM

My most used router bits are…

#1. Roundover. #2. Chamfering #3. Pattern straight #4. Straight cut (for dadoes and such) #5. Rabbeting. I do NOT use a fixed size rabbeting bit, but rather have the MLCS rabbeting set, I can adjust for 9 different widths… #6. Ogee.

In all honesty, I have the MLCS 66piece set, and have used almost every single one in the set at least once…

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SCOTSMAN

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#5 posted 05-10-2011 11:08 PM

I use just the same as loren maybe a few different types but mostly what he and the others suggest good luck Alistair

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Richard

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#6 posted 05-14-2011 06:57 AM

I bought a 50 piece set from Ellite Tools in Canada and used every one of them one time just to see what they do and since then have only used about 5 of them . It all depends on what you plan on doing. I would buy a big set of cheap or medium priced bits and then replace the ones I use a lot with better ones. No sense in paying top dollar for bits you are not going to use. And the big cheap set lets you know what you need and don’t need after a a while.

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Bill729

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#7 posted 05-14-2011 07:53 AM

I’ve been buying router bits as I need them. If you buy one of those big sets, when you need a bit, you’ll probably have to go out and buy it too—unless you are willing to settle for “close enough”.

Bill

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bubinga

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#8 posted 05-14-2011 08:27 AM

1/4” round over for sure

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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handystanley

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#9 posted 05-16-2011 05:30 PM

Thank you everyone for the great information. I think the general consensous is to purchase a set of inexpensive router bits, discover which ones you use the most and then upgrade those to a more expensive bit. As I do not use my router as much as I should this may be a motivation to discover new uses for this underutilized tool.

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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SnowyRiver

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#10 posted 05-16-2011 06:49 PM

I agreee handystanley. Thats what I did too. I bought a 40 bit set…not even sure what name they were since there is no name on them, but they came in a nice wall cabinet with plexiglass doors. They actually cut very well. If I need to replace certain ones, then I buy the better ones, but it gives me a chance to see what bits I use the most. The only other bits besides the ones mentioned that I use a lot are dovetailing bits, but that would depend on whether you plan to do dovetails.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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knotscott

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#11 posted 05-16-2011 07:29 PM

Inexpensive and poorly made are two different things, but the odds of getting poorly made bits increase as the price decreases. Be aware that router bits can shed carbide spinning at 20K RPMs, which becomes an indiscriminate projectile….BTDT! I’d caution to buy reputable inexpensive bits, even if it means buying a few less. There are really only about a dozen or so profiles that are commonly used, so I’d focus on those.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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Richard

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#12 posted 05-16-2011 09:38 PM

My set from Ellite came with a very nice case to hold tthem in and when one goes bad I will just put a new one in it’s place in the case.

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