by THE SAW DOCTOR
There are countless router bits to choose from to shape your piece of timber into whatever shape you have in mind.
In this topic I would like to help you understand a little bit more about router bits.
The best type of router bits to buy are the tungsten tipped routers. Router bits with tungsten tips are far more superior than router bits made of high speed steel.
There are two types of tungsten tipped router bits. First there is the professional range which has a micro grade tungsten tip which makes the tip stay sharper longer as there are more particles of tungsten in the tip.
The second range of router is the economy. The economy range of router has a medium grade tungsten tip which has a course grit tungsten, therefore it does not have as many particles of tungsten compared to the micro grade. This is the reason why the economy range of router does not stay sharp for very long and that is why the economy range router is a lot cheaper to purchase compared to the professional range router.
There are three types of cutting bits.
1. Fluted Cutters - Straight Bits and Flush Trim Bits
2. Profile Cutters - used for shaping the timber
3. Helical Cutters - used for drilling and trimming
Below are the common shapes used when routing the timber.
These bits are commonly found in router bit kits.
Be The Co-Pilot
One of the best and safest ways to begin routing is to use router bits fitted with ball bearings pilots. The bearing rides along the edge of the work piece, this effectively keeps the router bit on course and allows you to keep control of the router.
There are two types routers with the guide bearing either being fitted on the bottom of the router or the bearing fitting onto the shank of the router. This is called an inverted router bit.
Understanding Router Bit Terminology