A router is an essential tool for a powered shop. The question is, which bits should you use? First, carbide cutting edges are usually preferable to high-speed steel because they stay sharp longer. There are four basic bit types. Straight bits are the workhorses. Roundover bits “round over” the edge of a board, while core-box bits create coves and hollows. Dovetail bits have their uses as well. You’ll need different sizes for each type, giving you a core set of around 20 bits, although you may not even need that many.
- A router is one of those essential tools that every woodworking shop whould have around.
- To figure out what bits you need, you should first figure out what you’re making.
- Read on for more details of different kinds of bits and how you can use them.
“I’ve broken down my core bits into four categories based on use and profile, and I suggest you buy multiple sizes of each.”