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Being quite new to routers and their use, I don't have many, really only a couple of bits. Rockler is having a sale on Porter Cable bits now and I am thinking of buying 4 or 5 bits but I don't have a clue as to which ones would be good to buy.

I have a Porter Cable router model 891 VS and an Inca router table. I have used the router with a couple of straight bits that I have one that is a 1/2 inch by 2 inch I think and the other is a 5/16 inch bit that is a 1/4 shank. I have yet to use the Inca table as I just recently got it put together.

My question is what would make a good 4 or 5 bits to buy? I was tinking of a pattern making bit but didn't know if that was a good idea or not and then I have no clue as to what else to buy.

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Kind of like asking what's the most important thing to look for in a car, you're bound to get a LOT of different answers. These bits will give you a decent start for template routing or edge forming.

A good Flush trim bit
A Roundover bit, 1/4 or 3/8
A 3/8 roman ogee bit
1/2 spiral
rabbet bit with set of bearings.

In no time you'll end up with a drawer full of bits. There is an episode of the Router workshop, I can't remember the number, where Rick shows how to get extra profiles out of router bits you already own. Maybe someone will be able to remember the episode number.

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Hi Chuck

I would suggest the set below, they are 2.66ea. that's hard to beat and right at your front door with the free shipping..you can also select a pattern bit to go with it.

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Being quite new to routers and their use, I don't have many, really only a couple of bits. Rockler is having a sale on Porter Cable bits now and I am thinking of buying 4 or 5 bits but I don't have a clue as to which ones would be good to buy.

I have a Porter Cable router model 891 VS and an Inca router table. I have used the router with a couple of straight bits that I have one that is a 1/2 inch by 2 inch I think and the other is a 5/16 inch bit that is a 1/4 shank. I have yet to use the Inca table as I just recently got it put together.

My question is what would make a good 4 or 5 bits to buy? I was tinking of a pattern making bit but didn't know if that was a good idea or not and then I have no clue as to what else to buy.

Any suggestions as to how to proceed would be appreciated.

Thanks,
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Thanks for the 2 responses. Now my next question is what size rabbet bit and what set bearings should I get?

I like the MLCS 15 piece set and I also want to get a rabbet bit and set of bearings but again I don't have a clue being new at this as to what size bit and what set of bearings I should get.

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Hi Chuck

I will suggest the ones below, you want to get the kit type and a skew angle on the cutters, the good kits are not cheap but well worth the money..they can be used in many ways..not just for a rabbet bit..


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Thanks for the 2 responses. Now my next question is what size rabbet bit and what set bearings should I get?

I like the MLCS 15 piece set and I also want to get a rabbet bit and set of bearings but again I don't have a clue being new at this as to what size bit and what set of bearings I should get.

Thanks for any help you can give me.
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Hi Chuck,

Go to Finewoodworking.com and read the article on the 10 essential router bits.

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I would think it depends on the project you're interested in doing now. I've bought lots of really cool bit that haven't been used, becaues I really didn't have a use for them. I would advise looking at the project you're interested in, and matching the bits to that project. In a very short time you will have a collection that is both usable and understandable to you. (by the way, you save a bunch of money too)!
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Hmmmm, tricky. For on-site installation, which inevitably includes some making up of boxings or maybe even making window boards, etc I'd go for a straight cutter (1/2in diameter), a round-over bit w/bearing (1/8 or 1/4in radius), a chamfer bit w/bearing (45 degrees), a trim bit w/bottom bearing (1/2 to 3/4in diameter) and a coving bit w/bearing (3/8in radius). That lot will allow you to make-up a lot of stuff. Rebates can always be worked by using a straight bit and the router's fence (assuming you have a European-style plunge router which will come with a side fence as standard). If you intend to do a lot of copy routing I'd recommend getting a top bearing template trimmer as soon as funds permit.

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