10 Router Bits Every D.I.Y.er Should Own
Updated: Jul 16
written by Chelsea Rodgers
Most would agree that the router is one of the most versatile power tools you can buy. Now even more so with the Rocky CL Cordless Router (#9019), there is literally nothing holding you back. With the Router, you can create decorative edges, route numerous joints, even trim laminate and veneer. The possibilities are endless. But with hundreds of different sizes and style router bits available, it can be a little overwhelming to know which ones to buy. Especially if you are just starting out. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! We put together a list of the top 10 bits every D.I.Y.er should own.
1. Straight Cutting Bits The name says it all, the straight cutting bits cut straight, square bottomed grooves. These bits come in various diameters, but the ¼”, ½” and ¾” are the most valuable to the woodworkers. Our straight cutting 1 or 2 flute carbide-tipped bits will plan edges, cut grooves, rabbets, slots, and dadoes. These bits can also be great for mortising and carving. Anywhere a flat-bottom is required, these bits are what you need. If you’re looking for a smoother straight edge cut then our Shear Angle Straight Router Bits (#5589, #5483, #7788, #7789, #7792, #7783). The Shear Angle Straight Cutting bits give you a smoother shear angle, slicing and eliminating tear-out problems from routing end or cross-grain on very hard woods.
2. Rounding Over Bit
The round over bits are fitted with a ball-bearing pilot that controls the width of the cut. These bits are like our K=Premium Round Over Router Bits (#15349 - #15352, #17652, #17654 - #17657) and are ideal for creating decorative edges, edges of shelves, tabletops, chair arms, or wherever you would like to create a round over sharp edge. The round over bits come in various sizes that produce a decorative bead when adjusted to a lower depth setting.
3. Roman Ogee Bit
The Roman Ogee bits are possibly one of the most popular of all the edge shaping bits. If you’re looking to create decorative edges on moldings, plaques, furniture, picture frames, or tabletops, then the K-Premium Roman Ogee Router Bit is what you need. Available in 2 cutter radius sizes: 5/32” (#17660) and ¼” (#17661) and are both 1.2” shank.
4. Cove Bit
The Cove Bit is the opposite of the Round Over Bit. These bits are like our Cove ¼” Shank Bits (#6638, #6340-#6343) and our Cove ½” Shank Router Bits (#10643, #8641-#8645), which cuts at a concave radius out of the edge. The Cove Bit gives a distinctive decorative edge that enhances furniture legs, cabinet doors, and bookshelves. These come in various sizes but for D.I.Y.ers the ¼” or 3/8” bits will be the ones you reach for.
5. Rabbeting Bit
A rabbet is a L-shaped notch cut along the edge of a board panel at a right angle which joins together with another board or panel with a right angle cut, forming a rabbeting joint. The easiest way to a have this type of joint is with a rabbeting bit, equipped with a ball bearing pilot. Our 6, 9, or 12-piece rabbeting kits can help you achieve rabbeting joints in cabinet tops, cabinet backs, and drawers.
6. Flush Trim Bits
The Flush trimming router bits are your go-to when working with plastic laminate or wood veneer. These bits allow you to trim overhanging surfaces perfectly flush with the substrate. Available in regular Flush Trim, Shear Angle Flush, Pattern Flush, Top and Bottom Bearing, as well as Pattern Flush Trim.
7. 45 Degree Chamfer Bit
These bits give an edge shaping cut at a 45-degree angle know as a chamfer, Remove sharp corners from shelves, picture frames, vertical posts, or countertops with the 45-degree Chamfer Bits. Get smooth long lasting cuts using the 45 Degree Chamfer Bit, found in our Triple Wing ½” Shank Set (#10905).
8. Core Box Bit
The Core Box Bit is non- piloted and cuts round bottomed grooves. This bit will plunge cut in soft or hard woods as well as composition materials. The Cove Box Bit is commonly used for routing flutes in columns and vertical stiles, but can also be used to get decorative grooves in door panels and when carving wooden plates or platters.
9. V- Groove Bit
Just like the name implies, the V-Groove Bit cuts decorative v-shaped grooves in cabinet doors, drawer faces, table legs, and wall paneling. Amongst the various available sizes, most woodworkers find the ½” diameter with a 90-degree cutting angle the most useful.
10. Slot Cutting Bit
If you’re looking for a quick accurate way to cut narrow slots or grooves into the edges of door frames, floorboards, picture frames, or drawer parts, the Slot Cutting Bit is what you need. These bits are known for the “two-winged” design. Each wing is equipped with a sharp tungsten=carbide tooth. Get an even wider variety of groove cuts with our 3-Wing Slot Cutter Router Bits (#301, #303-#310)