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Just starting out and wanted to say hello, and thanks for such an informative source for us newbies draw from. I just picked up a cheap, used router. Are there any general use, must have bits I should go after first? Also, what brands are decent without breaking the bank?
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I just read the FAQ on bits. It gave me a pretty good idea on where to start.
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I just read the FAQ on bits. It gave me a pretty good idea on where to start.
Most here will tell you to start with a set if just starting out. A few say otherwise. There are some bits you would not be willing to try if you only buy high end that you might find useful if they were readily available to try. Watch for a sale or have a look at Ebay. There are some very good deals there on sets and most are decent quality. When you wear one out buy a better one to replace it with.

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G'day Scott

Welcome to the router forum.

Thank you for joining us

I am one of the users that advise newbies to buy a small set, and go from there.

As you find that you use a few of the bits regularly, then upgrade those bits to higher quality.

Otherwise, you can spend a fortune on bits that you very rarely use

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Thanks, guys! I happened to be at Lowes last night and picked up a Skil 3/8" straight bit to start with. I'll be checking out Ebay soon, but I guess I should pick a project to do before grabbing more bits. I want to build a cedar strip kayak with bead and cove bits for the strips, but wood prices are prohibitive. It will be a long while before I start that one! I think I should find some scrap wood to practice on, then a simple project. Thanks for the welcome!
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I bought a very nice set of bits through Amazon.com a couple of years ago, worth well more than the asking price of $9 for 15 Porter Cable bits NIB. I've used them a lot, and still have yet to dull one.

Sine you live in the Ohio area, there are probably a lot of home owned saw mills near you. Look them up and ask about buying small amounts of kiln dried or seasoned wood.

Also, since you drive a truck, watch for newer broken pallets. I use to find them made of mahogany, teak, oak, maple and a lot of strange nicely figured African and South American woods that I could never identify. Just make sure the pallets you pick aren't used for hauling dangerous chemicals.

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Thanks for the welcome,papawd! Dal300, I live in the Dayton region, not so many mills this way. Good idea though. It might be worth a road trip. My main concern for pricing and locating is for clean western red cedar and/or northern white cedar that is also long enough for boat building. It seems I may have to special order a shipment. Also, I pull tankers, I may be able to strap a few pallets to the back of my cab for other projects. Thanks for the insight!
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Scott, You aren't far from Cincinnati or SE Indiana. Batesville, In has a number of local mom and pop mils in the area. It's also the home of Batesville Casket Company, makers of fine coffins. They often have a lot of waste wood and cut offs in the scrap pile. They use to let me go through it any time I wanted.
A little farther away, just west of Corydon, Indiana, you can find dozens of small mills. My ex-father in law and I both worked at some of them part time. We cut up thousands of board feet of cedar into nice boards for different uses. My FIL even built a canoe out of some. He used the canoe for years, traveling up and down the Ohio river and the White river as far north as Indianapolis.
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Thanks, Dallas. Looks like a road trip in the near future!
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