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Old 09-27-2015, 08:43 AM   #16
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I haven't used MLCS bits, but from my research they're supposed to be a very good budget friendly bit. The best of the "cheap" bits.
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Old 09-27-2015, 02:14 PM   #17
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I decided to wait on the bit until monday. The selections were too slim at the big box stores. The best I could find was a 1/4" shank 1/4" cove or a 1/2" shank 5/8 cove. One seemed to big, one (maybe) too small.
@Canarywood1 : Those are about 1/3 of the price of those I saw at HD. Are those decent bits?

I've used them for better than 40 years never had a complaint, their higher end bits (Katana) are supposed to be excellent though i've never used them, give them a try shipping is fast.
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I've been doing router work since the 1960s---I've never snapped off a 1/4" bit--

I do prefer 1/2" bits--but I never had a real issue with a 1/4" one.
And you really don't want it to happen either, it happened to me years ago when i started routing, pushing it too hard in a piece of oak, and the bit running at top speed, my fault entirely but i did learn a lesson.
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Old 09-27-2015, 05:10 PM   #19
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That would make me want 1/2" bits for sure---I only have a dozen or so 1/4" bits--and they are all smaller,beading and other small profile bits.

The majority are 1/2"---I had a bad day about 2 years ago and damaged 90 bits beyond salvation---all the replacement bits are 1/2"
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That would make me want 1/2" bits for sure---I only have a dozen or so 1/4" bits--and they are all smaller,beading and other small profile bits.

The majority are 1/2"---I had a bad day about 2 years ago and damaged 90 bits beyond salvation---all the replacement bits are 1/2"

I only use 1/4" in the trim router, and only rarely do i use that.
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I don't own a trim router---I tried one once many years ago--and promptly spoiled a Formica top that I was trimming---so I stuck to my full sized machines---

At this point in time, I do not know how many routers I own--a nice pile of them--
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I would take a piece of the trim you need to match with you so you can match the radius of the cove bits.

the cut appears to be half the board thickness, assume 3/8" x 3/8'. if you buy a smaller radius and make multiple cuts, you will be doing a lot of sanding.
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I actually haven't had opportunity to pick up the bit today, so it will have to be tomorrow. I have a 'corner' of the same style board with cove in my truck. Thanks for the tip. Avoiding unnecessary work is a good thing!
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Just posting back with an update. The router I picked up is the Craftsman 10a 1.75hp plunge base m# 27666. After I familiarized myself with it, I found it to be more than adequate for my current needs. I picked up a 3/8" radius cove bit (1/2" shank) made by Whiteside at a local distributor. I couldn't be happier with the results and will definitely take on other projects.

Thanks to all for an interesting education in routers. Much appreciated!
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