About Different Types of Router Bits

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Different types of router bits are used during different applications and situations. Educate yourself about different types of router bits with help from a home remodeling expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dave Trull with the Trull Gallery, and I want to talk to you about the different types of router bits. Router's are great tools, and they let you do a lot of different things. And, the nice thing is, with a quick change of a bit, you can go from a straight cut to an edged detail, or really exotic profile, and it's a simple process to do. And, I'm going to talk to you about some of the bits that I use regularly. Straight cutter is probably one of the most popular. It gives you a lot of ability to do nice, straight, clean cuts. Profile cuts such as this are great for doing trim. And then, a bit like this is a more specific use. This is used for making raised panel doors. You won't always be using something like this, but I had a job that required raised panel doors, so I bought a specific bit for a specific task. Other bits that are more popular, a lot of people would use is something like this is called a chamfer bit, and it's used for putting a chamfer or a 45 degree angle, in this case, on the edge of board. It's a much more popular bit, something that more people would have on hand. No matter what bit you choose, you're going to see a lot of the same characteristics in them. In this case, a quarter inch shaft, two carbide cutting tips, and a lot of bits, but not all of them, will have a bearing on top as a guide. So, you have to choose your cutters based on your router's capabilities. Most routers today come with both a half and quarter inch collet, so if you can get the same cutter in either size, go with the half inch. It's more stable, and will reduce vibration during your cut. So, this will be, provide a cleaner cut than its smaller brother. There are thousands of bits to choose from, I have less than 50 that I use all the time, so you don't need a lot. Buy one or two at a time, and you'll do fine. Just remember, if you buy good tools, they're going to last. I'm Dave Trull at the Trull Gallery, the fine art of furniture making.

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