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Forum topic by nate22 posted 07-31-2014 10:06 AM 994 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-31-2014 10:06 AM

I am going to be making signs out of wood I am wanting to know what router bit or bits that I should use. And is there any brand of bits that would be better than others or ones that I shouldn’t buy?

-- Gracie's wooden signs. Middlebury, In.

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#1 posted 07-31-2014 01:14 PM

Whiteside Router bits are the top of the line. They are relatively expensive, but if you are willing to to pay for them, they are worth it. Plenty others out there still work fine, but won’t give you the awesome results and lifetime that whiteside bits will give you. Nothing wrong with going cheaper though, as in grizzly, rockler, etc

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#2 posted 07-31-2014 01:30 PM

Whiteside, Eagle America (made by Whiteside), and Infinity are all top shelf. The MLCS Katana line, Bosch, Price Cutter, Freud, CMT, Amana, and Lee Valley also have excellent lines if you choose their best (not sure about their homecenter lines that may differ from their industrial stuff…). For budget bits I like MLCS, Woodline, Stone Mountain, and Grizzly. I’d avoid Ryobi, Skil, HF, Vermont American, most Sears, and other off name stuff…..a bit spinning in excess of 20K can be dangerous, so it’s not a good time to cheap out on the lowest grade available.

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#3 posted 07-31-2014 02:23 PM

I am very happy with the Freud bits. I have used them for years and have yet to replace one. Stay sharp for a long time and are reasonably priced considering their great quality.

Rockler makes what they call their Interlock Signmaker’s Router Bits and templates. They have a flatter bottom to prevent peaks in routed letters. Never used them but for the price, may be worth trying out.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#4 posted 07-31-2014 02:29 PM

On some signs v groove router bits look good.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 07-31-2014 04:46 PM

Since you will using these bits in your business it pays to buy a better to best line of bits. They are safer and will last longer. If I know I’m only going to use a bit once in awhile and on soft woods I buy a lesser brand like Rockler ETC…

Knotscott makes some great points.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#6 posted 08-01-2014 01:41 AM

The whitehead router bits would I have to order those online or can you buy them at a store.

-- Gracie's wooden signs. Middlebury, In.

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#7 posted 08-01-2014 01:54 AM

I use core box bits (commonly used for fluting columns). Most brands make one.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#8 posted 08-01-2014 01:56 AM

Go with Whiteside if possible. I’ve always had great experience with Whiteside and they’ll give excellent results for many years. You can check Whiteside’s website ( ) to see if they have a dealer close to you. I always buy my Whiteside router bits from my buddies at Ballew Saw & Tool and they sell over the Internet ( ) and by phone (417-865-7511)

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