There is no doubt that if you are a novice to woodworking and are taking it seriously then you have been gaining a tremendous amount of knowledge. Much of that relating to your equipment and tools no doubt. You most likely have learned it does not take long when it comes to using up the budget buying all of the equipment you need and what you think you need.
Most likely you are in store to purchase a router. Along with that purchase, you are going to have to consider buying some router bits as well.
The bits that you can use with your router all serve a specific purpose and no doubt you are going to want to expand your collection of bits as you progress into your woodworking hobby.
Your router is the device that simply turns your bit. It is the bit that's going to give you the desired results.
Most of the bits that are available are carbide tipped. This is because of the hardness of the material and what it is able to end. It's very much like a diamond and it has many advantages to it. For one thing, it always stays sharp and it resists heat. The drawbacks to these carbide bits are they chip easily because they are brittle and they are not cheap. It's for this reason only the tip is made of carbide and not the entire bit.
There are high-speed steel bits and theses HSS at one time were the only type you could get. They are still available and are OK for occasional work. They are less expensive than a carbide bit but they will become dull quite fast. You will need to keep getting them retargeted otherwise they burn the surface of the wood. Sometimes you will find that these bits have been coated with Titanium Nitride. This does help them stay sharper for a longer period of time, but even this coating will wear off.
You are going to find two types of bits Pilot and Non Pilot. The pilot bits have ball bearings to keep them a specific distance from the wood. Then there are safety bits called chip-limiting bits. It reduces the chance of kickback.
The most common bit sizes are 1 / 4in., And 1 / 2in.This is the part that fits into the router. Always use the required bit for the project to ensure your safety.
Be sure to clean the pitch and tar that builds up on your bits from the wood regularly. Also regularly inspect your bits and collets to make sure they are in good condition.
Some of the terminology that you are going to see associated with your router bits are solid bit, pilot bit. Arbor, collet, shank, high speed steel, carbide, cobalt, titanium nitride, and hook and rake. Take your time and research the meanings of each of these to get the most from your bits and router. Although there is a great deal to learn about woodworking, it is a hobby that is most enjoyable. There are risk factors for accidents where tools are involved. Make sure your tools are kept clean and in good working order.
Source by Ryan Henderson