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I'm new here an I just bought my first router and it just happens to be a used one I won from Ebay a Bosch 1617 EVS fix/plunge kit I pick up for $123. I have been doing a lot of reading on routers .
I would like to get some bull nose bits for 1/4 , 1/2 and 3/4 inch wood and would like to know what size bit do I need to look at? The router only has one collet an it looks to be a 1/4 inch {only cause it has 4 1/4 inch bits in the case} I did order a 1/2 in collet for it just in case.
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Hello and welcome to the router forum.
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The 1617 is one of the best routers ever. You can find half inch and metric collets for it just by googling. The Bosch tools website lists them and they can be ordered on Amazon.

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The size you use depends on the look you're trying to produce. A roundover could be done in passes with a quarter round bit.
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Here are some pictures of bullnose bits and what they can produce. Sometimes you might use several bits to produce an interesting or novel edge. Notice the subtle differences when you, say, use a half inch bullnose on a 3/4 edge, vs a 3/4 bit on a 3/4
edge, or you can stack a small bullnose (a bead) above or below a larger one. Or do a second piece and glue it to the basic edge.
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Welcome to the forum Ink. Keep in mind that bullnose bits must be used with either and edge guide or with a fence on a router table. When you set it the center of the bit's curve must be even with the guide or fence or behind them. It can't be in front of them. The easiest way to set one flush with a guide or fence is to use a round dowel in the curve and flush the dowel to the fence. Because of the issues with setting and using a bullnose many prefer to use a round over bit instead and rout from both sides.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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So in order to use a bull nose bit is on a table ? Not planning on one just yet. So maybe a round over bit , I can clamp down and flip it over right?
Will just got my router from ups today I was amaze of it size, sure enough it only had a 1/4in collet was glad I order the 1/2in . I will post some pic's soon , it came with 4 1/4in bit's but don't know what they do, I took it apart and clean every thing an fire it up to make sure it work fine. Nice! Thanks for the info I've been looking at those utube's and doing some more reading .
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Any bit that doesn't have a bearing to guide it along an edge has to use some other method for guiding it. An edge guide or fence are good for straight lines. A template bushing or bearing guide will follow curves. The one exception to this is if you are free hand routing such as making a sign. That usually requires a little practice and not routing very deep.

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Here is the pic of my 1/4in bit's {where can one fine what these bit's will do?}
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