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Hello everyone! I'm new to the world of CNC router work and need some help getting started. I have purchased my new ShapeOkO XXL and Vcarve pro. Looking for bit selection and place to purchase without breaking the bank! Lol For starters I'm just going to be doing some simple signs with text and maybe some filigree. Will get into 3D at a later date. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Default - free shipping - Amana bits - free shipping - Whiteside bits or (same place) little more pricey but good stuff

Just buy individual bits as you need them - don't need a set

1/4" and 1/8" end mill
60 and 90 degree V carve

All you'll need to start

Then get 1/4 and 1/8" ball nose

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I agree with John, the ones he suggested are the one's I use the most. Welcome to the forum
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John, (Honesttjohn) is correct. Start out with simple tools and add on later when the projects require it. I started out cutting signs and do so well with them I turned it into a business. Most know what projects they want to make with a CNC before purchasing but I found out 3D projects made from cherry or better wood don't sell well in my area because I would have to charge quite a bit for a sign that took 20 hours to cut. However, People will pay $30 to $80 for a 2D custom sign with their name on it. Go to Etsy and check out what people charge for signs painted from a stencil. Mine look better and sell for less.
Today, I still use the 1/8, 1/4 bits to rough and a 90 v bit to finish.
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Hi and welcome. One other place to look is Onsrud. They are one of the worlds leading suppliers of CNC tooling.

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Welcome to the Router Forums.

Buy what you need and then add to those as you start making different projects. Johns's selection should get you started with sign making and then you can add bits as you progress. Signs are a great way to start, it will help you get use of the design software and the use of your machine.

Don't buy sets of bits, I find that you only use a few of the bits so it is best to save that money and put it toward the bits you will use.
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I have a Shapeoko 3 and suggest the Shapeoko Wiki is worth a look. They have heaps info there including bits. Most seems to promote Drillman1 on eBay as a reliable seller with good quality bits at very good prices.

If you use Facebook there are two sites there Shapeoko &Nomad users group and CNC for Beginners. The latter is organising a group buy for Vectric software although most seems to suggest using the software that comes with the machine until you get comfortable with it.

There is also the Shapeoko forum but that's not quite as active as the FB group..mores the pity as I hate FB with a passion.

Plenty of free projects on CutRocket to run on your Shapeoko

For videos on YouTube..Winston Moy and Mark Lindsay (sp?).

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The eBay seller drillman1 mentioned above has all the bits that @honesttjohn mentioned. There is nothing wrong with any of the brands or stores listed above, but compare prices on the US made Kyocera bits that drillman1 offers. I suggest getting 5 or 10 packs of the 1/8 bits (upcut, downcut and ballnose), and 60° and 90° spiral v-bits.

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