Get More from Your Router with These Special-Purpose Bits
Unlock the potential of your router with these unique bits.
You don’t need a biscuit joiner to cut biscuit slots. A slot-cutting bit in your router can do the job in most situations. Any 5/32-in. slot cutter will work, but special kits like this one include bearings that control the depth of cut to match the three standard biscuit sizes. Video: Become a master of biscuit joints!
A planer bit in your router isn’t the fastest way to flatten wood—in fact it’s pretty slow. But if you don’t have a planer (or if your planer is too small for the job), this bit is the solution. A standard straight bit can also flatten wood, but a planer bit provides a smoother finish in less time. Various sizes are available. See how to flatten wood with a router.
Ever wanted to round the edge of a stone countertop or tile? A diamond bit in your router can do it. The bit produces a fairly smooth cut, but you’’l likely want to polish it with a diamond pad to match the face of the stone.
Spiral bits do what standard straight bits do: They cut grooves, dados and rabbets or cut along a pattern (if equipped with a bearing). The difference is that spiral bits cut with a shearing action that leaves a smoother, cleaner cut. But go easy on spiral bits. Most are solid carbide, so they’re brittle and easy to break.
You can buy “tambour,” the flexible cover material used on roll-top desks or kitchen appliance garages. But if you have a router table and these special bits, you can make your own tambour, using any species of wood. Plus: Build a deluxe router table in a weekend.
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