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I just bought new Ryobi router, need to know what are the best bits to get started with building fairly simple bookcase for my son's family. Any leads (websites, etc.)?

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It all depends on what kind of joinery you are going to use. You said "fairly simple", so I am going to assume that you'll be using dados/rabbets. In that case, all you need is a good set of straight bits.

There are many good places to get decent bits. I'll pick MLCS Woodworking here: MLCS Router Bits and Woodworking Products

If you are going to use plywood, then you either need to use special plywood bits (3/4" plywood is generally not 3/4" but a bit thinner), or you need to make a dado/rabbet jig that will allow you to use smaller-diameter bits to make larger-width dados/rabbets. See here: MLCS Straight & Plywood Straight Router Bit Sets

The best straight bits are solid-carbide compression bits. They are expensive, but they'll give you the least amount of problems.

Next best would be solid-carbide upspiral or downspiral bits (depending on intended use). Priced similarly as the compression bits.

Next best would be straight bits with shear action.

Next best would be 'normal', run-of-the-mill straight bits (see link above).

Knock yourself out!

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I would agree that the MLCS carbide bits are an excellent starting point. Take a look at Amazon.com and you will find what I would call a "starter set" for a very reasonable price point. I would also suggest that find a copy of: Woodworking with the Router: Professional Router Techniques and Jigs Any Woodworker Can Use (American Woodworker) by William H. Hylton. This is a terrific reference book that will provide you with an amazing amount of information.

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I would suggest the set below to start off with.

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Greetings Jeff and welcome to the router forum. We are pleased to have you join us.

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Thanks Bj,
I will definitely check these helpful links out. I do still have some old bits left from my Craftsman router, but not sure they are sharp enough.

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Smile Greetings veteran woodworker

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Your statement is accurate, scraps are also used often in my wood projects. will update profile when I get my required posts completed!! Thanks, JClamp (JeffC)
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Since you have bits from your Craftsman you have already done some basic routing. I buy a lot from Rockler. Carbide bits are the best and last the longest. If you are building bookcases there are a lot things you can do with a router - round over on shelves and decorative edges, etc.

Have at it! Safety First.....................
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