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Forum topic by woodie1994 posted 12-26-2017 09:00 PM 790 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-26-2017 09:00 PM

Hey all, new to the forum. I’m starting a new project, and need specific router bits. However, i can’t find the specific ones i need at all. I went to home depot and it’s either that their 1/2 inch off the specs i need or they’re not the type of cut i need.
These are the ones i need: (1/2×1/2”) top bearing
(1/2×1”) top bearing
(1/2×1”) bottom bearing
(7/16×3/4”) straight cutter
Thanks for any and all help.

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#1 posted 12-26-2017 09:32 PM

Why do you need both 1/2” and 1” top bearing bits? Wouldn’t the 1” do for both? Also, you can get a combination bit with a bearing on the top and bottom. They are great for routing curves where cutting into the grain can cause nasty kickbacks. You won’t find a 7/16” straight cutter at Home Depot, but Amazon and any good woodworking retailer carries them.

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#2 posted 12-27-2017 12:48 AM

Woodie, go buy Whiteside router bits. You won’t be disappointed.

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#3 posted 12-27-2017 02:51 AM

What’s the 7/16×3/4 for? Just asking. There are other solutions because you won’t find that router bit.

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#4 posted 12-27-2017 03:59 AM

keep the bits and bearings free of goop, like pitch, tar, adhesives, etc.
clean them regularly with solvent and brass brush.
keep them oiled and in a safe place so the cutters do not get chipped.
try not to drop them on a concrete or tile floor (carbide will chip – it is brittle).
try not to cut into nails and screws in the wood (the carbide will chip or break).

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#7 posted 12-29-2017 05:06 PM

John has very good suggestions, the one thing that I would differ on re his suggestions is to use graphite not oil on router bit bearings, oil tends to hold sawdust

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#8 posted 12-29-2017 05:27 PM

I guess the new guy wasn’t serious about our thoughts. He hasn’t been back to see if anyone answered his question.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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