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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-13-2019, 11:59 AM
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Later on you may be buying individual bits, I like many of the brands posted above, but most often wind up with Freud bits, which are easy to find at Home Depot or at Rockler (the only woodworker supply anywhere near me). I also especially like sets from Sommerfeld tools. Pricey but highest quality.

BTW, Marc Sommerfeld has a series of videos on YouTube that are really good at showing basic router technique. Remember when watching that the safety guards have been removed so you can see what's happening in detail. But keep your guards, featherboards and other safety devices in place as much as possible. It's nice still having all your fingers when you're old.

The Sommerfeld videos feature his products, which are excellent, but he was a cabinetmaker for years and his methods are really good examples of doing things in the simplist ways and getting good results. I have three of his door making sets, where you use different bits to make different parts of the cabinet, the doors in particular. Freud also makes many of the same sets.

There are a lot of YouTube videos out there, but not all of them show good methods. But I'm sure you'll learn to spot the difference pretty quickly.

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welcome to the forums N/A...
being new to routers, here is a link to go to for a bit of reading...

as far as the MCLS bits there are better choices from most any one...
do a search on MCLS here and see what others have to say...
IMO, the only thing MCLS is, is cheap...

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welcome Weizilla I have a set of the "purple" bits from Grizzly which I got in a set of 12 bits with half-inch shanks. Here's the link, but I note they were about $10 less when I brought bought them a couple years ago. Most of the you'll look at are bits are in either quarter-inch shank or half-inch shank sets; I think most members would advised that the half-inch shank sets are more stable and give better results. I also have some Freud bits which are more expensive but you get what you pay for. Do yourself a favor and read the stuff that Stick has listed on his post, especially if you don't have a lot of experience with routers. Lots of good information there, including safety information. Send some photos of your work when you get it done.
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Thanks for all of the feedback and information! I'll take a look at the other set recommendations and all of the router resources posted.

I was browsing the forum and found this post with a video by Jim Heavey: He does make some compelling arguments on not getting sets. The part where the ogee bit can be used for so many profiles blew my mind.

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I have not been pleased with the MLCS router bits. They dull very quickly. The best low priced router bits that I've found are those offered by Woodline
They sell several brands, but the original Woodline blue bits will give you good service for a very reasonable price. The few times that I have had problems with an order I received very fast replacement too. One set that I ordered arrived with the box crushed, but the bits survived. I received a replacement box 2 days later. I once received a set that had one chipped carbide bit, and this was replaced without the need to even return the damaged bit.


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