about Router Bits - Part 3
Router Bit Materials
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bits are available in three types of materials, and should
be selected on the basis of the amount of use they're expected
to receive and the types of materials they're intended to
Steel Bits are the least costly and are intended for occasional
use only...or for working with soft woods such as pine, redwood,
basswood, poplar, etc. They will deliver limited use before
sharpening is required.
Bits have become the most commonly available of all bits.
They are typically made by fusing carbide cutting flutes to
a high-speed steel shank.
them when working with hard woods such as oak, cherry, and
hard maple...and for solid counter surface materials such
as Corian, laminates, particleboard and MDF. They are more
expensive than high-speed steel bits, but provided extended
use and durability before sharpening is necessary
Carbide Bits are the most costly of all available bits.
However, they're also the most durable and are usually available
only in simple, straight profiles.
miss Part 4: Grooving & Panel-Cutting Router Bit Profiles