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View Poll Results: What is most commonly used router bit in your shop?
1/4" Cove Bit 3 2.04%
Flush Trim Bit 45 30.61%
1/4" Straight Bit 27 18.37%
1/4" Round Over Bit 58 39.46%
5/32 Roman Ogee Bit 6 4.08%
3/8" Rabbet Bit 8 5.44%
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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-05-2005, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Scroll up to find the four most common router bits.

Please use the poll above and vote to help me find the answer to "What is most commonly used router bit in your shop?"

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Okay I answered based on "most used of these choices". But not a fair question really.

The bit I use most often, followed by the two runners up are:

Winner: 1/2 in up spiral straight bit (carbide)
1st runner: 1/8 in round over
2nd runner: 1/4 in dove tail
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My 1/4" Roundover, then my Reversible glue Joint bit Followed buy a 3/8" roundover.

Those 3 get the most use in my shop.
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Think back and remember the very first operations you cut with your router. This list is for our beginners and I wanted to identify the most important router bit to the least important from the list. Then I would like see the group describe how each of the selected router bits would be useful to them.

If you want to add to the list then you need to explain how your choice of router bit is being used and add to this why it should be in the beginner set of router bits.

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It is a toss up between the the 1/4 round over and the 1/4 or 3/8 carbide spiral. (I make a lot of box joints)
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Having limited my router use through the years to being hand held rather than in a bench or cabinet, the 1/4 inch round over was the bit of choice to smooth those sharpe edges. Once the cabinet is built perhaps then I shall be able to spell DOVETAIL.
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I am a begginer and do not have too many bits.
But of the ones I do have, I would say I use a Flush-Trim bit with bearing the most, then a 1/4" round-over bit, and different types of Ogee bits too.
I wish I had others but dont....
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I'm not sure if I can remember back that far for sure, but it would have to be a roman ogee, or a 3/8" cove bit, then a 1/4" round over. I started out making simple plaques and picture frames, then small boxes and furniture items. All were HSS and had sloid pilots on them. They worked well in my 7/8 HP B&D fixed base router.

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I've answered based on the ones listed in your poll, but that's actualy way off the mark for me, and I wonder if it's even very accurate for beginners.
The ones I use most often are listed below in order ... I'm only a two or three year novice myself, but generally do case work ( alot of rabbits and dados), small furniture pieces such as coffee tables, end tables, etc (a lot of tongue and mortise joints), various types of splined or box joints ..... soooo:

1. 3/8" straight upspiral
2. 1/4" straight upspiral
3. 1/2" flush trim
4. 3/8" roundover
5. 3/8" cove
6. 1/2" 45 degree champfer

Those are the ones I couldn't do without.
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Gilbear, great answer.

This is what we need to see more of, please vote and post your comments.

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