Hi Everyone, I appreciate any help in advance. I am looking for a helpful guideline or resource to use for bits. For instance, what would you use to cut the outline of a shape to the depth of a piece of plywood over an inch thick? What bit would you recommend to cut out the outline of a cursive word in 1/4 birch plywood with minimal error (I’ve had letters slide around in the pocket and get chewed up)? I finally got my xcarve up and running and I try something new everyday. If a bit is needed that is not available through Inventables is there a reputable site or manufacturer to order through?
Thank you for your help.
If you have a router that takes 1/4" shank router bits, that’s what I use. Probably my most common bit is a 1/4" straight bit. I use 1/2" D, 1/8", and 3/16" other times. There’s upcut, compression, and downcut, but they cost more. You should experiment and find out what works best for what you are doing.
I opt for the 2 flute variety most of the time. Whiteside is a great brand. Freud, CMT, are next on my list. Amana bits seem pretty good too. You get what you pay for with router bits. Most of the time I get mine on Amazon. Toolstoday is pretty good too.
I avoid cheap bits unless they are one time use and I can throw them out. Higher quality carbide stays sharper longer.
If you are doing really fine detail, well you’ll need smaller diameter bits for that.
Thank you for that. This has been a tedious process to set up and learn.