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Maintaining Router Bits

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Time to Seek a Pro?

Time to Seek a Pro?

Is it time to seek professional help? You can hone a router bit five or six times, but eventually it needs professional grinding. The following tests will tell you if that time has come.


  • Inspect the bit in good light. Look for nicks or blunt spots on the cutting edge.
  • Hold a fingernail against the cutting edge and gently rotate the bit. It should shave the nail with very little effort.
  • Run the bit through softwood, watch how it cuts, and examine the surface it leaves.
  • Check the chips. If they look more like sawdust than thin shavings, the bit needs professional help.

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We visited Puckett Tools' new shop in Waukee, Iowa, to see router bits sharpened on professional equipment. Chris Miller, 22, shown at left, uses a Foley-Belsaw machine equipped with a diamond wheel to get the kind of results you see below.

Notice that Chris wears latex-coated gloves to protect his fingers and keep a firm grip on his work. He puts the bit in a chuck, turns a couple of cranks to line it up with the wheel, then works it back and forth with a lever. A couple of minutes, and he's done. The shop charges $5.75 for two-flute bits and $24 for three-wing, raised-panel bits.

Chris says you can have straight bits sharpened many times. Profile bits, however, might need replacement after about four trips to a professional.


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These bits from the WOOD. magazine workshop were showing a lot of wear. Chris used a wire wheel to clean off all the residue before taking them over to the diamond-wheel sharpener.

For more in-depth information on routing, visit the Routing Techniques section in the WOOD Store.

 

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