September 2018
Must-Have Router Bits
When you’re just getting started with routing, it’s hard to know which types of bits to choose. A great place to start is with a few bits for creating decorative profiles on edges.

These bits are easy to use because they all have a bearing that follows the edge of the board to guide the bit. That helps maintain control by limiting how much the bit can cut, and it ensures the bit will stay where you intend it to on the edge.
Roundover Bit
One handy bit to have is a roundover bit. This bit rounds over a square edge to a rounded profile that can simply soften a sharp edge or create a rounded profile. Roundover bits are available in several sizes—which refer to the radius of the roundover. A 1/4" round over makes a great first choice.

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Cove Bit
Next is a cove bit. It’s the opposite of a round over—it cuts a quarter-circle recess into an edge to create an attractive but simple profile. A 1/4" or 3/8" cove is a great place to start.

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Chamfer Bit
A chamfer bit comes next. This bit knocks a 90° edge down to a 45° angle. This bit doesn’t have a specific size, like a roundover or cove bit. With a chamfer bit, the deeper you set the cutting depth, the larger of a surface it will create at a 45° angle to the face.

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Roman Ogee Bit
If you like the look of traditional furniture, you can find bits with more ornate profiles. One of the best known is a Roman ogee . In just one pass, it creates a decorative profile that combines a roundover and cove shape into one smooth curve.

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