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Jdt92065
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Post by Jdt92065 » Thu Apr 14, 2016 2:42 pm

Just ordered a machine what are some good bits to start out with. I plan on doing wood work, small signs. Mostly 5"x8", so very detailed work. Thanks can't wait

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Re: Bits

Post by WillAdams » Thu Apr 14, 2016 2:54 pm

We have some recommendations on the wiki: http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/ ... mendations
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Re: Bits

Post by sgth0mas » Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:16 pm

Jdt92065 wrote:Just ordered a machine what are some good bits to start out with. I plan on doing wood work, small signs. Mostly 5"x8", so very detailed work. Thanks can't wait
It depends on your design, but a good starting point would be to look into a few router bits of the following style:

V Bits, 2 flute upcut, 2 flute straight, 2 flute ballnose

The 2 flute upcut was my most common when routing wood, though the straight works well.

For plastics look into O Flute bits. They are very effective.

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Re: Bits

Post by AnonymousPerson » Thu Apr 14, 2016 4:50 pm

If you're planning to cut MDF, these have been brilliant for me:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/CNBTR-3-175mm-T ... B019W0ST2E

I'm cutting 1/4" MDF with them. Broke the first end mill in the pack when trying to cut cold rolled steel (don't do that with these!). The 2nd one in the pack has lasted over a month of cutting MDF for an hour or two every 2nd day, giving very clean edges. It's only now starting to leave not-so-clean edges, so I might need to move onto the 3rd bit finally. (or more likely, I'll try cutting deeper but slower first, to expose still sharp edge to the top of the MDF)
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Re: Bits

Post by CastIrony » Thu Apr 14, 2016 6:29 pm

I just bought both of these packs from inventables because they were cheap and contained a good variety of starter bits. I've mostly been using the straight and upcut square end mill, and they seem to be of reasonably high quality.
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