Whether you are a novice or professional woodworker, you will want to own a router and various bits in order to complete your projects. With a wide selection of bits, bit function and bit construction it pays to know as much as you can about how to choose router bits. Take this quiz now so you can make the cut.
Woodworking is often referred to as the art of:
addition and subtraction
a true artisan
hewing a gem
What is a modern substitute for chisels, hammers and planes?
What is the secret to accomplishing wooden works of art using a router?
variable speed and depth settings
What do you have to be careful of when selecting router bits for you router?
Know that a quality bit will give a quality result.
Realize that practice makes perfect and bits are inconsequential.
You should buy only U.S. made bits.
When discussing a router and bits, what is an arbor?
The arbor is the part of a router bit that locks into a collet.
The arbor is the part of a router bit that makes a desired cut.
The arbor is the actual shaft of any router bit.
When discussing a router and bits, what is a collet?
A collet is the part of a router that grips and holds any bit assembly.
A collet is the knob that controls the cutting speed of a router.
A collet is a recessed setscrew that holds the bit firmly to an arbor.
How many various but basic router bits do experts recommend that any craftsperson own to accomplish most router tasks?
What is the purpose of a chamfer router bit?
Chamfer bits cut angles and shapes in the edges of wood.
Chamfer bits cut notches in the edges of wood for joining purposes.
Chamfer bits are for cutting grooves or dados in wood.
What is the purpose of a flush trim router bit?
Flush trim bits cut notches in the edges of wood prior to joining.
Flush trim bits are for straight down cuts in wood.
Flush trim bits cut two joined pieces of material so that their edges match exactly.
What is the purpose of a rail and stile router bit?
Rail and stile bits cut matching notches in two pieces of wood to accommodate flush joints.
Rail and stile bits are used for making cuts required for raised panel doors.
Rail and stile bits cut scrolls into the surfaces of cabinet and chair inserts.
What is the best way to determine exactly which cut any particular router bit will make?
Resident experts at your favorite woodworking store can show you sample pieces.
Router owners should have a copy of “The Big Book of Routers” which has pictures and drawings.
It is almost universal that every router bit has a picture of the cut it performs on its packaging.
How many parts do all router bits have?
When inserting the shank of a bit into the router collet what should you do?
Make sure you tighten all three setscrews tightly.
You should push the shank all the way in and then pull it out about 1/8-inch before tightening.
Smear a bit of light oil on top of the shank so a hot bit will come out easily after your cut is completed.
How many various router bit shank diameters are available in the U.S.?
What is an advantage of router bits with a ½ shank over ¼-inch shanks?
The smaller diameter ¼-inch shanks only support the most basic router bits.
Router bits on ¼-inch shanks are only for working with softwood such as pine and spruce or veneers.
Router bits with a ½-inch shank will give smoother cuts with less vibration.
What is a good way to avoid the tendency of hardwood to chip and splinter during end cuts with a router?
Set your router to the highest speed and move slowly when cutting end grains.
Wet the end grain and let it sit for a minute or two before performing a cut.
Use only carbide tipped bits when cutting hardwood especially on end grain cuts.
What is the typical adjustable speed range of most routers?
8,000 to 25,000 RPM
10,000 to 28,000 RPM
12,000 to 30,000 RPM
What is the best way to tweak a router bit's speed to match any given bit and type of wood used?
Follow bit manufactures instructions.
Practice on a piece of scrap similar to the wood you are cutting.
You can search the ideal speed by bit size and wood type online as recommended by professionals.
How many different materials are router bits manufactured with?
What should you do if you are buying carbide-tipped router bits?
Always choose carbide bits manufactured by a recognized company.
Always buy carbide bits in boxed sets for better prices and superior quality.
Always inspect the carbide bits carefully, looking for quality craftsmanship and condition.