Router Bits

When beginning a project, it is imperative to spend time considering which bit will provide you with the optimal results. We have put together an overview of bits that serve the woodworking industry, whether you are just getting started or are looking for tips on a specific project, this extensive list will give you the info you need to succeed!

Types of router bits commonly used in the woodworking industry.

Straight Bits

Straight Router Bits: these bits feature a cutting edge that runs straight along the bottom, making them ideal for creating precise and clean cuts.  – e.g., Solid wood boards, Plywood, MDF, Particleboard, Veneer Boards.

Straight Router bits – Applications:

  • Edge Cutting: trimming edges of wooden boards, creating smooth and even edges for a polished finish.
  • Grooving & Rabbeting: When you need to create grooves or rabbeting for joinery or decorative and can also be used for slots for splines or cut recesses for panel inserts.
  • Dadoes and Trenching, which are used in bookshelves, cabinets, and other furniture pieces.

Compression Router bits:  Specialized cutting designed with a dual-flute configuration.  They feature an upward-facing(compression) flute at the tip and a downward-facing spiral flute towards the base of the bit.  This unique design provides several advantages when working with different materials, particularly laminates and plywood.  Clean and chip-free cuts.

compression bitsCompression Router bits – Applications:

  • Perfect for through-cuts: when performing through-cuts, such as when cutting slots or grooves that penetrate through the workpiece, compression bits maintain consistent cutting quality on both entry and exit points.  This eliminates any unsightly tear-out or chipping at the edges, ensuring a professional finish.

Best practices to maximize the performance and longevity of compression router bits, consider the following:

  1. Proper router speeds, reduces friction and ensures optimal cutting results.
  2. Multiple passes: if working with thicker materials, it’s advisable to make multiple passes with the compression bit to achieve the desired depth gradually.  This prevents strain on the bit and ensures cleaner cuts.Downcut bits

Downcut Router bits:  Have a cutting edge that rotates in a downward direction, pushing the chips and debris down in the workpiece. Read more about upcut vs. downcut bits.

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