Old Methane Gas Cloud
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Huntington Beach, California
I'll tell you what I did and you can make the decision based upon avoiding my stupidity.
About 10 years ago, I bought a set of 8 Ogee bits, very high quality for about $160. On projects, I've used two of those bits. That works out to about $80 per useful bit.
Today you can purchase a Freud Quadra bit for about $35 to $40. As a set goes, my set was a bargain for the set but was not a bargain in the shop.
Sets that you should consider are:
Round over, 1/16 to about 3/8. You'll rarely go over 3/8" for a round over.
Chamfer 45°, 30° and 15° in the order of decreasing need.
Straight bits, 1/4 to 3/4. Avoid "Plywood" bit sets if you can. You will be better off using a dado blade in the table saw. Plywood is so inconsistent that the special size bits will be just as sloppy as the ordinary straight bits.
A rabbet bit with a bearing set
Dove tail bits but wait until you buy the jig. Some jigs require very specific bits.
Pattern or template and flush trim bits are very frequently used and they are cheap so a couple of each. When you wear out or burn one up, you'll have a spare. Avoid the top and bottom bearing bits as they rarely do what you think they are going to do.
There are some fancy bits for edge treatment. You can buy beading bits but with a different size bearing they are just a round over.
It's always nice to have an ogee bit.
Get in the habit of buying bits when they go on sale. A lot of times you'll get bits that you'll actually use at very reasonable prices.
Now the bad news...
You're going to spend about $130 on your router. Over the next few years you will spend about $2500 on router bits. It's just a fact of life in a woodworking shop. And for all of you that are jumping up and down about the $2500, tell me about it in 3 or 4 years.
Use the right tool for the job.
Rich (Tilting right)
Huntington Beach, California
Remember that when we have the "BIG ONE" everything east of the Rockies falls into the ocean.