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View Poll Results: How many router bits do you own?
0 to 20 43 25.00%
21 to 50 61 35.47%
51 to 80 33 19.19%
81 to 110 12 6.98%
111 to 150 9 5.23%
over 151 14 8.14%
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It seems every project I plan requires at least one bit I don't have. I started with a boxed set of 1/4 inch shank bits my now ex-wife bought for me, then watching the Router Workshop I learned the value of the flush trim bit and one of those was my first addition. Then I bought a router with 1/2 inch collet, and things exploded from there!

The boxed set included round overs, coves, straight, a dovetail and a panel pilot bit. I still have not figured out what the panel pilot bit is for.

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I still have not figured out what the panel pilot bit is for.
The panel pilot bit is for punching holes in drywall or panelling. If you roughly know where the box is buried behind the wall, you can plunge into it, the bit will ride on the inside edge and cut the box out.

Unfortunately, if they are the cheap, plastic boxes, the box will shift a little as you cut it and you can get an oversize hole on the far end.

I prefer my dremel oscillating saw for cutting these openings. Less dust, easier cleanup.

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My first reply and tally was in '12. I'm sure I can bump my number up by at least 30% today!
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The panel pilot bit is for punching holes in drywall or panelling. If you roughly know where the box is buried behind the wall, you can plunge into it, the bit will ride on the inside edge and cut the box out.

Unfortunately, if they are the cheap, plastic boxes, the box will shift a little as you cut it and you can get an oversize hole on the far end.

I prefer my dremel oscillating saw for cutting these openings. Less dust, easier cleanup.
Thanks very much Doug. I have never needed to do what you describe, but it seems like the Dremel saw is better suited.

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My first reply and tally was in '12. I'm sure I can bump my number up by at least 30% today!
I was certain I had replied years ago but it let me vote again, and my current count is much higher than it was then. Now I ned to show that I use them!

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Yea, wouldn't let me vote again. But I looked back at a pic I took, I had 49 back then, now I have 68 (new pic). I still have about 8 of them in their original protective rust preservative. Those I bought on sales or clearance racks.
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I was just thinking about a new method of storage for my router bits. One of the first things I needed to know was how many I have. It was a lot more then I would have guessed...... Now this count is both 1/4" and 1/2" bits that would take up a place in a storage area with an associated hole for it to set in. So if you have (3) 1/4" straight bit that counts as 3 bits.... if you have set of bearings that change the profile of the bit 7 different ways it is still one bit for this count.

No prizes for the most or least but if you would like to tell us how you store them that would be great.
I counted 51 router bits. Years ago, I built a small chest to keep them in from leftover scraps of walnut and cherry . It has a removable tray that rests in the top of the box while I access the second level of bits in the bottom. It has worked out very well, but I'm outgrowing it and may move the bits to a drawer under my workbench. Photos Attached.
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How come "I've lost count" or "I don't have enough fingers to count that high" weren't voting options? I am guessing I am at about 85. Some are duplicates though.
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79 so far. Set of 74 - 2 profile bits - 1 sc-50 carving bit - 1 60 degree v groove - 1 90 degree v groove - plus an extension collet. Will eventually replace my most usable ones with better brands as time and finances permit.

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