First off, you need a knife, pliers and a good file. I have bought a couple of tools and found some great stuff. I always like to have a good set of knives so I don’t leave them in the garage unless it’s a work trip.
What’s the difference between a router and a router bit?
Most commonly found on router tables, routers take the opposite edge of the router bit (left to right). This causes one side of each bit to move down when it’s turning the router head, which forces the other side up and out of the way. The router bit uses one bit which can be either an angle or flat-sided, with no change in direction on the other side. So the angle bit is used to move one side of the router head, and the flat bit will turn down on the other side of the router head. The right side is the end of the router bit; this is the side that needs to be removed to access the other side. Since these are circular bits, they can also be used to move a flat-sided bit. Since they have a different action when moving the other side of the router head, this will allow you to access both sides if you are moving between two circular bits. One advantage with this type of bit is that they are smaller than their angle/flat counterparts so there is less waste of material to work from when using the bit.
I want to be sure I’m using the correct router set! How do I figure it out?
If you plan on using a router to finish an edge, be sure to look at what goes where, especially if it has a rounded corner. This will help you get a accurate idea of what size router bits you will need. I use a 4×4 for most edges, and a 3/8″ or 1/2″ or even 1/4″ bits are sometimes necessary to get the corners even. A good set of router bits is essential to the success of any workbench.
What are the best router bits?
The quality of each router bit dictates its use in a workbench, and the quality of your router sets makes a difference. I’d suggest using a bit at least 1/8″ or so wider from the edge of the router table or piece to the edge of the workstations base. Also, if you use a router table, ensure that the top edge of your router bits are at least 2″ above the back edge