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Featuring industrial quality carbide tipped, solid carbide & carbide insert router bits for any project.

With hundreds of router bits to choose from, the choices can be overwhelming. To help make the shopping experience a pleasant one, we have provided an in-depth router bit glossary to guide you in making your tool selections. At Toolstoday, you receive the highest quality customer service along with the lowest priced router bits online. See for yourself, view our current router bit specials.

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Abrasive Routers

Abrasive Routers

These routers are designed to cut abrasive materials such as tile and fiberglass. Sometimes configured in diamond pattern.

 
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Aluminum Router Bits

Aluminum router bits are used for cutting aluminum, brass, copper and other nonferrous metals.

 
Amana Tool

Amana Tool

Woodworking tool suppliers and world leaders in the manufacturing of high-quality tungsten carbide woodworking tools.

   
Amana Tool

Anti-kickback

A safety feature designed to prevent the tool from catching the wood too deep and kicking back the material. Look for tools that are BG-Tested, which is a European certification for tools that comply with their strict safety standards.

   
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Architectural Bits

See molding router bits.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Ball End Router Bits

Router bits used to cut channels for pipes or cables.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Bead Router Bits

A decorative profile. This bit is often used with a tongue-and- groove joint to hide a gap between boards.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Beading Router Bits

Router bit used for decorative purposes. This bit cuts quarter-round shapes bounded by fillets. It creates a bead like contour in the wood piece.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Bevel Router Bits

See Chamfer Router Bits.

   
carbide tipped router bits

Bowl & Tray Router Bits

These bits are used for routing solid wood serving trays or flat dishes.

   
carbide tipped router bits

Bullnose Router Bits

These bits are used to carve a rounded edge, often used for the front edge on a counter top.

   
carbide tipped router bits

Carbide Router Bits

Router bits composed of an extremely hard metal compound. There are various standards of carbide in different hardnesses used for specific materials.

   
carbide tipped router bits

Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Router bits with cutting edges or blades made of carbide.

   
carving 3d router bits

Carving, 3D Tapered Ball Nose (Conical Ball), ZrN Coated Router Bits

Solid carbide. Specially designed for CNC 3D profiling and carving in plastic, aluminum & wood with machines such as "i-Carver", CNC Shark®, ShopBot® and CarveWright™.

   
carbide tipped router bits

Chair Rail Router Bits

Originally, chair rails were intended to prevent walls from being dented by the backs of chairs. Chair rails are usually measured to equal the height of the tallest chair in the room.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Chamfer Router Bits

Router bits that cut an angle, usually 45 degrees.

   
CNC Router Bits carbide tipped router bits

CNC Router Bits

Designed to work with CNC machines. Industrial quality CNC router bits provide superior, smooth-quality cuts every time.

   
carbide tipped router bits

Compression Router Bits

These router bits are used when working with veneer, melamine or a similar materials. Using double spirals ensures that both top and bottom edges of the material are properly cut and pulled towards the center.

   
carbide tipped router bits

Core Box Router Bits

Core box bits are used to cut half-round grooves for fluted moldings, columns, millwork, and signs. When used with an edge guide, this bit will also cuts coves.

   
corner round router bits

Corner Round Router Bits

These router bits are used for creating round corners on your woodwork. Used mainly for furniture pieces.

   
carbide tipped router bits

Cove Router Bits

A trim unit on which one edge has a curved radius. Coves are used to bridge the gap between the bottom of the wall and the floor. A cove may also be used to form an inside corner.

 
carbide tipped router bits

Custom Router Bits

Router bits that are made or fitted according to the needs, preferences or special request of a person.

   
carbide tipped router bits

Door Lip Router Bits

Router bits used to shape pull handles on the fronts of drawers and cabinet doors.

   
Door Making Router Bits

Door Making Router Bits

These bits are used to make and shape doors.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Double Bead Router Bits

These bits create two bead shaped contours in the wood piece. Often used on the edges of shelving or narrow molding strips.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Dovetail Jig

Device which secures the board ends being joined by a dovetail joint.

 

 

Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Dovetail Joints

Technique for creating a strong joint between two pieces of wood. This is done by carving one or more tapered, fan-shaped tenons into one piece of wood which will interlock with a series of mortises carved into the adjoining piece of wood.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Dovetail Router Bits

These bits are used to carve the tenons and mortises of the dovetail joint.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Edge Router Bits

Edge bits are used to detail the edges of your woodworking piece. Used to soften the corners of tables, cabinets and more.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Fiberglass Router Bits

These router bits are designed to trim laminated fiberglass boards.

   
Finger Grip Router Bits

Finger Grip Router Bits

These bits are used to carve drawer pull handles on the front of drawers as well as cabinet doors.

   
Finger Joint

Finger Joint

Technique for joining two pieces of wood. Thin wood fingerlike extensions, are cut into the ends of two pieces of wood. When glued together, these extensions form a level surface.

   
Flooring Router Bits

Flooring Router Bits

Create custom tongue and groove hardwood flooring and inlays, produce floorboards with nail slots using innovative two-piece carbide-tipped router bit sets.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Fluting Router Bits

Fluting bits carve the fluted molding designs into the molding.

   
CNC Foam Cutting Router Bits

Foam Cutting Router Bits

Solid carbide, up-cut router bits specifically designed for milling Polyurethane Foam and Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) to ensure your foam projects are milled with accuracy and detail.

 
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Frame and Panel

Also know as "Stile and Rail". This technique is used to create doors, wainscoting, along with adding decorative features to cabinets, homes and furniture.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Furniture Molding Router Bits

See molding router bits.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Flush Trim Router Bits

Flush trim bits are used to carve templates, patterns, joints, and internal cuts.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Grooving & Engraving

Produce crisp, clean cuts in wood to create detailed patterns, words, seals etc.

   
carbide tipped router bits

Guttering Router Bits

See Cove Router Bits.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Handrail Router Bits

These bits are for detailing handrails.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Holz BG Tested (Anti- Kickback)

The German Woodworking Trade Association established rules for the wood and plastic industries regarding the designing, manufacturing and use of cutting tools.

   
In-Groove™ Router Bits

In-Groove™ Router Bits

Insert engraving system engineered to quickly interchange insert carbide knives while mounted in CNC machines to maintain excellent cutting accuracy.

   
Intermediate Stackable Cutters

Intermediate Stackable Cutters

Cutters used to expand on adjustable groovers. Enable woodworkers to sandwich one or more cutters between a pair of the groovers.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Joinery

Creating woodworking pieces using an array of joint- making techniques.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Joinery Router Bits

Bits used to carve the connecting, puzzle-like, pieces of the joint-making process.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Keyhole Router Bits

The keyhole router bit is used to cut keyhole shaped slots into plaques, picture frames and other hanging woodworks.

 

 

Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Letter Making Router Bits

Letter making bits are used to create letters for professional signs.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

MDF

Edge bits are used to detail the edges of your woodworking piece. Used to soften the corners of tables, cabinets and more.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

MDF Router Bits

Router bits that are capable of properly cutting and carving MDF wood boards.

 
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Miniature Router Bits

Miniature bits are used for a variety of small scale woodworking pieces.

 
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Molding Router Bits

These bits are used to create decorative moldings and trim.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Mortise

These are slots, carved into a piece of wood. These slots will interlock with tenons carved into the adjoining piece of wood to form a dovetail joint.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Mortise Router Bits

Mortise bits are used to carve square shaped slots. Typically used for hinges, lock sets and cutting mortises.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Mullion

A thin member forming the dividing units of a door, window, or screen. It is often used for decorative purposes.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Muntin

Wooden or metal strips separating the panes of glass in a sash.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Multi-Form Router Bit

The multi-form router bit is designed to cut a variety of molding patterns, profiles and architectural details.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Ogee Router Bits

Ogee bits are used to carve an S-shaped curve in moldings and decorative designs. It has a convex at the top which smoothly blends into a concave at the bottom.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Ovolo

A plunging version of Roundover router bits or corner round bits.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Panel Pilot Router Bits

This bit is used to create openings in panels, windows, drywall, and doors. Often used to trim materials such as mica, veneer and other laminates.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Plastic Cutting Router Bits

Plastic Spiral 'O' flute bits are designed to produce smooth cuts in acrylic materials, plastics and wood.

   
Plunge Router Bits

Plunge Router Bits

Plunge router bits are perfect for plunging cuts. Cut dados and grooves.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Plunge Form Router Bits

Plunge routers and bits are perfect for deep surface cuts. Ideal for freehand lettering and inlay work.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Plywood Router Bits

Plywood router bits are specially designed for cutting plywood.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Rebate Cutters/Rebaters

Synonym for Rabbeting Router Bits.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Rail Router Bits

See Stile and Rail Router Bits.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Raised Panel Router Bits

These bits are used with the stile and rail bits to create a profiled edges on door panels. Raised panel bits are available for both horizontal and vertical profiles.

   
carbide tipped router bits

Round Over Router Bits

Round over bits are used to create rounded edges on tables, chairs, cabinets and other furniture and home fixtures.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Router Bit Accessories

An object or device which enhances the usefulness of the router bits.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Router Bit Quality

Not all router bits are created equal, click here to read more.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Router Bit Selection

Choose your router bit by reading our quick router bit selection guide here.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Router Bits: Solid Carbide Insert vs. Brazed Carbide

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Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Router Bits: European Micro-Grained Carbide

Carbide well-known in the woodworking industry for its edge holding qualities, click here to read more.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Router Bits: Industrial Quality

The longest lasting tooling available, from the rigid BG anti-kickback design certification to the stringent manufacturing processes, click here to read more.

 

 

Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Router Bit Sets

A number of router bits used together to achieve a specific woodworking task. For example the Wainscot Wall Panel Router Bit Set includes a number of router bits used for Wainscot Wall Paneling.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Router Bits

Pieces that attach to a router tool, mainly used for cutting and carving wood. Router bits come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Signmaking Router Bits

Signmaking bits are used to make professional signs in conjunction with letter making router bits.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Slot Cutting Router Bits

Slot cutting bits are used to cut slots into the wood.

   
Solid Carbide Router Bits

Solid Carbide Router Bits

Solid carbide router bits are ground from micro grain carbide on precision CNC machines. There are various standards of carbide in different hardnesses used for specific materials.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Solid Surface Router Bits

These bits are designed to rout solid surfaces used to make: counter tops, floor tiles, bathroom sinks, toilets, bathtubs, showers, vanity tops etc...

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Spiral Router Bits

Spiral bits are designed like a drill and are used to make deep cuts to the surface of your wood piece.

 
Spoilboard Insert CNC Router Bits

Spoilboard Insert CNC Router Bits

Insert spoilboard router bits, great for planing and rabbeting surface areas in MDF, Balsa Core, hardwood, softwood and all man-made materials.

   
Steel Cutting Router Bits

Steel Cutting Router Bits

Specially designed for working in Metal working Steel Cold roll, soft steels, gummy stainless 303, Tool steels, exotics like titanium, inconel, 17-4PH stainless etc. Entire gambit of "steel".

   
carbide tipped router bits

Stile and Rail Router Bits

These bits are used for constructing panels and frames. Often used for making cabinet frames and passage doors, stile and rail bits also carve decorative profiles and panel slots into the edge of a door frame. The stile and rail bits come as a set of 2, or as a single bit.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Straight Plunge Router Bits

Straight plunge bits are used for routing straight grooves, rabbets, dados, joints, mortises, trimming material or making a general cut.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Surface Router Bits

These bits are used to cut the top level of a structure.

 

 

Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Tambour Door

The tambour door is made using slats-thin narrow flat strips of usually wood or metal. These slats roll up and down a vertical track. Tambour doors are usually found in cabinets and entertainment centers.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Tambour Router Bits

Tambour bits are used to create tambour doors.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Template Router Bit

Template bits are designed to make routing along with a woodworking template easy.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Tenon

These are tapered, fan-shaped, teeth like, protrusions carved into a piece of wood. These protrusions will interlock with mortises carved into the adjoining piece of wood to form a dovetail joint.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Tongue-and- Groove Joint

This joint is often used for wood paneling, flooring, parquet and other similar woodworks. The joint is used to fit 2 or more similar objects together edge-to-edge. Each piece has a slot or "groove" cut all along one edge, and a thin, deep ridge or "tongue" shaped on the opposite edge. The then fit together closely.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Tongue-and-Groove Router Bits

These joinery bits are used to create the tongue and groove joint.

 

 

Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Trim Router Bits

These bits are fast turning, used with a handheld trim router. They are ideal for making precise cuts for smaller jobs.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Trim Solid Carbide Router Bits

These bits cut precise, line designs on wooden and laminate-covered surfaces.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

V Groove Router Bits

These bits cut V shaped grooves into the wood. They are also used for miter folds, signmaking and lettering.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

V Paneling Router Bits

V Paneling bits are used to create V groove paneling, by cutting 2 separate pieces of wood that form a V design when joined together.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Wainscot

Wainscot is a wood paneling décor that covers the lower 3-4 feet of an interior wall. Can be plain, painted or varnished wood.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Wainscot Paneling Router Bits

These bits are used to carve decorative designs in your wainscot wall panels.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Window Edge Router Bits

These bits are used for shaping the edges of window frames and ledges.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Window Sash

Is the framework in which the glass panes of a window or door are set.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Window Sash Router Bits

Window sash bits are designed to cut sash window frames and glass door parts. This includes: rails, stiles, mullions and muntins.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Wood Router Bits

Router bits used for cutting, carving and shaping pieces of wood.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Wood Routers

Machines with a revolving vertical spindle and cutter. Used for shaping the surface of wood.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Woodworking

The process of carving, milling, building and creating objects using wood.

   
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Woodworking Router Bits

Woodworking bits are used to shape, trim and cut woodworks such as furniture

 
Carbide Tipped Router Bits

Woodworking Templates

These are patterns, or molds in the form of thin boards or plates. Templates are used as a guide for the construction of an object using wood.

 

Router Bit Quality

Despite appearances, not all router bits are created equal. The characteristics that separate a high quality Amana Tool router bit from a cheap bit cannot be seen without careful inspection. For example, the best carbide tips hold an edge longer because the carbide is extremely hard and the carbide particles are consistently micrograin. And when the edge does require re-sharpening, you can be assured that Amana bits will last longer because the carbide is thick.

Poorly machined bits may slip in the collet and spoil the workpiece. For a firm grip in the collet, a router bit shank should be no less than .001” of the specified diameter; in other words, a 1/2" shank bit should measure .499”. Amana Tool router bit shanks are consistently the correct size.

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Selecting the Correct Router Bit for Your Job

Selecting the right router bit can sometimes seem mind-boggling and so it’s helpful to break it down to two simple questions; do I need to create a decorative shape or a joint and how will I guide the workpiece through the cut?

Decorative shapes can be simple profiles such as the ogee, roundover, and the bead or something more complex such as a crown molding. Amana Tool has the largest selection of decorative profile bits available anywhere.

Straight bits are the most common router bit for cutting joints. They can be used to create grooves, dadoes, mortises, tenons and rabbets. It’s helpful to have a number of different sizes on hand.

Some router bits, such as the Amana In-Stile bit sets, cut a decorative profile as well as a complex joint. Matching bit sets are more expensive but make it easy to construct complicated assemblies such as doors.

The most common method for guiding a bit is with the bearing on the end of the bit. The guide bearing ensures a consistent profile and allows routing straight stock or curves. Many Amana bits have a guide bearing on the shank which allows for pattern shaping curves. Pattern bits are also useful for grooves, mortises, and other internal cuts with a template.

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Solid Carbide Insert vs Brazed Carbide

Amana Tool is now offering the newest router bit design available today: insert carbide. Like the knives in a jointer or planer, the carbide inserts, are held securely in place in the body of the router bit with a mechanical fastener. Insert router bits have several advantages over brazed bits. Because the brazing process creates tremendous heat, engineers are limited as to the hardness level of carbide used. In contrast, insert bits use much harder, longer wearing carbide because there is no heat generated in the manufacturing process.

Additionally, when the insert does eventually dull, there is no need to send it out for sharpening. Instead, a new carbide insert is quickly and easily fastened in the body of the tool. As an added advantage, the profile remains consistent.

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European Micro-Grained Carbide

Carbide is well-known in the woodworking industry for its edge holding qualities and Amana Tool uses only the best micrograin and sub-micrograin carbide available. This ensures that Amana router bits hold an edge for an incredibly long time in a wide variety of materials, from natural wood and MDF to aluminum. Amana uses thick carbide inserts for multiple sharpening and silver induction brazing for maximum bonding, strength, and long tool life.

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Industrial Quality

The woodworking industry expects the smoothest performing, longest lasting tooling available and Amana delivers. From the rigid BG anti-kickback design certification to the stringent manufacturing processes, Amana engineers work diligently to ensure that the router bit that you purchase meets the highest level of industrial standards for quality, longevity, safety, and smoothness of cut.

Amana manufactures each bit from a solid bar of high strength steel. The steel bodies are manufactured in a single clamping to ensure balance, symmetry, precision, and centricity.


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