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What 1/4" shank router bits you use the most?

by distrbd
posted 07-29-2016 04:02 PM


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DalyArcher

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#1 posted 07-29-2016 04:14 PM

laminate trimming, small round over bits and small chamfers. I just got my first 1/2 inch router last year (Bosch Mrc23) before that all I really had was my Colt trim router. I did manage to cut a few mortises with that, but would not recommend it. My new philosophy is if I can get the bit in 1/2 inch, then I will. Save the 1/4 inch for light duty edge treatment and maybe mortising small door hinges for cabinets and such.

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JayT

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#2 posted 07-29-2016 04:18 PM

Edge trimming and basic profile bits, especially roundovers, and some straight bits.

I’m going to use the trim router when the piece is too big to easily take to the table so want to take the router to the workpiece. As you mention, that’s the big advantage of the trim router—light weight. On big pieces, I’m most likely to be doing the edges and the trim router does a great job.

-- https://www.jtplaneworks.com - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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distrbd

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#3 posted 07-29-2016 04:38 PM

I forgot the roundovers,use that often handheld , manufacturers make 1/4” skank bits for just about every profile but in my experience some of the longer/bigger bits should only be used with 1/2” shank.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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SenecaWoodArt

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#4 posted 07-29-2016 05:10 PM

Maybe I am not fully understanding the question. Do you mean what type or what brandu. If you mean brand, then I only use Whiteside when I have the choice. If you mean type, then my rule of thumb is always router table first, then the largest handheld the project will safely allow. 1/2 inch shank first and then 1/4 inch when required. For me, there is usually not a hard and unbreakable rule, but I have to feel comfortable and safe. Routers bite. Don’t ask how I know. The Dewalt P611PK is in my inventory. Great tool. Experience is the only thing that will truly answer your question about type. Everyone is at a different level of experience.

-- Bob

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Bill White

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#5 posted 07-29-2016 05:19 PM

I use those 1/4” puppies in my OLD Makita for light duty work. It was my first router, and still works well after over 20 yrs.
GO BLUE!
Bill

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distrbd

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#6 posted 07-29-2016 05:53 PM

To make the question more clear, I just wanted to know (for handheld use only)what bits would you use the most with a small 1 HP router,there are so many profiles,Ogee, Bullnose,V Groove,so on, although the small lightweight routers are capable of holding a 1/4” shank Ogee bit ,but I still would rather use a 1/2” shank and a bigger router.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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distrbd

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#7 posted 07-29-2016 06:03 PM


my rule of thumb is always router table first, then the largest handheld the project will safely allow. 1/2 inch shank first and then 1/4 inch when required.

- bosum3919


That’s exactly how I do it, and it looks like so do many others .

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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Woodknack

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#8 posted 07-29-2016 07:46 PM

straight trim and 1/8” roundover

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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OSU55

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#9 posted 07-29-2016 08:00 PM

For 1/4” shaft light handheld, not over ~ 1” dia bit. Depth of cut has as much to do with it as bit size. Make multiple cuts and add in cut depth/edge guide setting depending on bit shape, leaving yourself a light finish cut to address tear out and burning.

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clin

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#10 posted 07-29-2016 08:13 PM



straight trim and 1/8” roundover

- Rick M.

I’d add a pattern bit to this list. I have the same DeWalt router (love it) and use the straight trim, straight pattern, and 1/8” roundover a lot. It is actually quite a useful router. It’s plunge base works well.

I’d actually recommend this router to anyone as a first, general purpose router. It’s really a bit bigger than a trim router, yet much smaller than a full size and therefore easier to handle.

-- Clin

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#11 posted 07-29-2016 08:18 PM

1/8 roundover

-- Doug...

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oldnovice

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#12 posted 07-30-2016 12:32 AM

I don’t know how many 1/4” × 1/4” shank bits I have used in 40+ years of woodworking.

The first router, Craftsman, only accepted 1/4” shank bits.
When I got my first Porter Cable router I could have started using 1/2” shank bits but I only had 1/4” bits which has now grown to 1/2” shank bits too.

My Bosch Colt is also on 1/4” shank bits.
Router table first, handheld when the table won’t work.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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distrbd

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#13 posted 07-30-2016 01:11 AM

Old novice, I think most of us will end up with two of the same profile, one 1/4” shank and one with 1/2” shank,of course not the big/heavy bits like raised panel or the like,but two trim bits, or spiral bits, ogee,v groove , etc,etc. we eventually might end up having a 1/4 ” and 1/2”(shank)of the exact same bits.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#14 posted 07-30-2016 04:16 AM

I tend to use a router as a “finishing” tool after cutting an edge with a circular saw or saber saw that’s why I used so many.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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