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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-17-2009, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all, Iíve been lurking in the background reading and doing more reading and even more rea.... you get the idea. I think I have everything I need to build my router table (lumber, miter tracks, mini t's, knobs etc etc. what I donít have is the router bits. As embarrassed as I am to say this I am new to the whole router thing. the bits I am looking for is to do my dado's for my tracks as well as cutting out the center for the router plate.

Thoughts and ideas on what I should be looking for in bits? By the way the router I purchased is the Bosch 2.25HP 1617EVSPK.


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Hi Dana and welcome to the router forums

Donít need to be embarrassed, we all started like you. I donít have that much experience with routers either but I will give you my opinion. Any straight bit will do the job as long as you donít take too much off on each pass. I used a 3/8Ē straight bit to do the same job and it turned out very good.

I will also recommend getting some cheap bits at the beginning to practice. Itís very easy to damage a bit if you donít have the experience.

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A good straight bit will do in a pinch. I prefer using spirals. Pending on your usage, look for mid priced bits.


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I used a 3/4" straight bit to cut the dados in my top for the Rockler T-track. It was a very tight fit.
I used the easy template (sticks and tape) method and used a 1/2" patterning bit to cut the insert ledge. The patterning bit has the bearing on top of the cutters, unlike a trim bit that has the bearing below the cutters.

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Hi Dana,

Welcome to the forum. I just wanted to pass on some information that has helped me as a beginner. Get a copy of Bill Hylton's book, "Router Magic", for a comprehensive treatment of router tables, tooling, jigs and other aids. I have recently completed a table following his plans that fits within the rails of my table saw. It was my first real project after my work bench and it turned out quite well.
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thanks all for the great info. i did purchase some bits today but, the wife has me busy building (fun) and painting (sux) some flower boxes so i havent even had time to play with my project. hope to get busy on my stuff tomorrow.

i promise to take pics when its done...

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