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Router Bit Basics

Router bits come in different sizes and the various bits available can make a number of shapes and designs. Use this guide to choose the perfect bit for any project.

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router bits come in different sizes and shapes

Router bits come in two sizes: 1/4 inch, used by most home woodworkers, and 1/2 inch, for more powerful routers. Some bits have pilot guides used to create detail work without a fence. Bits for creating dados, bevels and other special cuts are also available.

Rabbeting bits are used for cutting rabbet joints. Rout a rabbet gradually, in several passes, lowering the bit slightly after each pass.

Roman ogee bits are used to make S shapes and other designs.

Cove bits are used to shape decorative edges and milling moldings.

Fluting bits are used to cut decorative flutes.

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