Router Bits Every Woodworker Should Have
Tom Silva has some handy advice for the first-time router user
I’d like to buy my son-in-law, who’s a pretty good woodworker, a midrange router and four or five useful router bits to start his collection. What should I look for?
—Keith Jones, Dallas
There are lots of good routers to choose from. The best ones have a soft-start, variable-speed motor that automatically responds to changing loads; an easy-to-reach ON/OFF switch; and a ½-inch collet to hold the bits, like the ones below. The best bits have a sturdy ½-inch shank and carbide cutting edges. In my collection, the most-used bits are the roundover, the flush-trim bit for following patterns, the rabbeting bit, straight bits to make shallow hinge mortises, and the mortising bit to cut deep recesses for tenons.