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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 06-22-2012, 06:06 AM Thread Starter
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Hi my name is Bob and I am a semi retired physician. Took up wood working about 3 months ago as a week end hobby. Bought my first Router 3 days ago at Lowe's. It's only a 1 1/4HP De Walt so I can learn how to use a Router before I purchase a larger one. My biggest confusion lies with the bits. Just not sure what to buy. All types of bits and brands, very confusing. Can anyone suggest what to buy when starting out and learning how to use a Router?
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Welcome Bob, You have come to the right place for learning about routers.

I cannot advise you on bits over there but you will get some great advise from the guys here.

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Assuming your router can only accept 1/4" shank bits then I suggest you look at something like this from MLCS.

Not a lot of initial outlay and then once you know what you want, then get the better individual bits.

Resist the temptation to purchase those combos that include every bit under the sun but none of them are of a decent quality.
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"All types of bits and brands, very confusing. "
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Not really, experience will point the way. See router bits for figures of merit.
Notwithstanding, modest use, within the power and depth envelopes of your router, will yield reasonable results from most big name suppliers. It's the overcut, dwell (cutter time in residence), and abuse that will confuse. Under these conditions, all cutters fail quickly. WMC, CMT, Bosch, Amana and Infinity are all good starters. Select a few cutters from each for study.
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Welcome to the forum, Bob.

I agree with Hilton. As a hobbyist, start with a basic set of bits and as you use the various bits on different projects, you will get to find which ones are most used.

However, do not expect these bits to stay sharp as long as the higher priced quality bits mentioned by Pat (Quillman). Pat has a great deal of experience in these matters.

You will get a collection of these bits as you travel along the routing pathway.

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Bob, there are a couple of sticky threads in our bits section that may help you decide.

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I got a used collection of about 30 bits to start with and I was surprised at how many I don't actually need, I could manage with just the 3 most used bits and 2 or 3 specialty ones, you might be the same. Recently I found MCLS and love them because with their free shipping I can buy bits cheap on a case by case basis when I need them rather than build up an order to offset the shipping cost.
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Well I went out and bought a set of Ryobi bits. 70 dollars for a small set of about 10 bits. Not sure of the quality but I'm going to experiment with them. Bought 50 dollars worth of pine boards, Practice practice practice. Now I'm looking for a router table and a larger Router to permanently attach. Any suggestions.????
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I have to say I don't get the American fascination with non-plunge routers so I would advise getting a plunge router (2000w) and then a decent plate (INCRA, Woodpecker) and then either buy or build a table top and legs.

What's your budget?
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Welcome, The Ryobi set will get Ya started, but will dull quicker than You think, find the bits You are use from the set most and then buy those in a quality bit( whiteside, Amana etc ) good luck and remember safety first.. On the table issue I purchased a table top from Rockler and built it on a cabinet w/wheels and the height I needed for me having ruptured disc in my back I hate to have to bend over good luck

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