Your router-bit investment can add up fast, but it pays to buy top quality when purchasing bits you’ll use frequently.

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Your router-bit investment can add up fast, but it pays to buy top quality when purchasing bits you'll use frequently. Whenever possible, buy bits with sturdy 12 " shanks. Here's what to include in a starter set:

➊ 18 " round-over with a bottom bearing. (It's mounted at the end opposite the shank.)
➋ 12 "-diameter pattern bit with a 1"-long cutting length and a top-mounted bearing.
➌ 14 " round-over with a bottom bearing.
12 "-diameter straight bit with a 1"-long cutting length. Once you step up to a router table, you'll want a similar bit but with a bottom bearing.
➎ 45° chamfer bit with a bottom bearing.
➏ Rabbeting-bit kit with different-size guide bearings to adjust the depth of cut.
—from the WOOD shop