|Item Weight||8 ounces|
|Package Dimensions||5.7 x 2.9 x 2.2 inches|
|California residents||Click here for Proposition 65 warning|
|Item model number||12-194|
|Color||Perma-SHIELD Coating Red|
|Style||1-3/4-Inch Diameter by 3/4-Inch Double Flute Straight Router Bit|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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Freud 1-3/4 In. Diameter by ¾ In. Double Flute Straight Router Bit with ½" Shank (12-194)
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- Ideal for general stock removal
- Features Freud's TiCo Hi-Density Carbide cuts for maximum durability, long life and a flawless finish
- Cuts all composite materials, plywoods, hardwoods, and softwoods
- Use on CNC and other automatic routers as well as hand-held and table-mounted portable routers
- Unique shear angles provide smooth finish
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Freud's 12-194 1-3/4" x 3" two flute straight router bit is designed for high production work with a maximum amount of chip clearance. End of bit relief allows for fast plunging.
From the Manufacturer
These bits cut smoother than other straight bits because of the precise shear and hook angles. End of bit relief allows for fast plunging. Covered by Freud's limited lifetime warranty.
Top Customer Reviews
• Sharp and removes chips fast
• Designed for quick plunges
• Delivers crisp clean edges
• Hardened steel stays sharp longer than competition
• 1/2" shanks nearly eliminate chatter
• Expensive - but worth every penny
• They are nearly impossible to remove from the packaging
Tips To Remove From Packaging:
• Wear Gloves! I mean it - these are as sharp as an ER scalpel.
• Firmly grasp the flat (non-sharp) sides and "wiggle" the bit back and forth while pulling upward
• Do not use pliers, channel locks or your vise. You will scratch the heck out of your beautiful bit
• When storing in the packaging, only insert about 1/4" to make it simple to remove in the future!
• To avoid 'burning' the wood when using the larger diameter bits, keep your router speed in the medium range or about 16,000rpm
This 15/32" bit is used to cut perfectly sized dados for 12mm offshore plywood. I buy "1/2 inch birch plywood, finished one side" at a great price from the lumber supply, but it is not 1/2" it is 0.46", or 12mm. Using a standard 1/2" bit to route dados for cabinet making etc makes a dado that is way too big, loose and sloppy. You can also get what is marketed as a bit specifically for undersized offshore plywood, but it is 31/64ths which is very close, but still makes a groove a little too wide (1/64th) if you do precision work. The 31/64" groove will fit together easily with that extra room but does not look good.
If you use 12mm plywood and can route a perfectly straight dado, this is the one you want. You'll need to use a clamp to pop the joint together but with no slop or shadow line. For a particularly difficult joint, I'll sand the edges of the panel going into the dado slightly and it slides right in.
Well after using this that all changed. It cuts smooth as butter and has a super crisp edge. I will be slowly replacing all my cheapo ones with Freud brand. Can't beat the Amazon price either!
Does a really nice job.Very crisp edges tot he dado and a flat bottom to the cut.
The trick seems to be to take several small passes on the router table - otherwise the dado gets severely choked up with the wood chips, which can get packed in pretty tightly, and encourage the bit to go off track if you are not guiding it securely...........dont ask how I know this (fortunately a practice cut!)
Just be careful not to drop it or ding it on anything metal - it is small and solid carbide so will not react well to any impacts like that. Keep it somewhere secure so its good for next time!
As per usual, Freud makes (at least in IMO) the best quality bits on the market that aren't beyond my pain tolerance for spending money. I haven't had any tear-out, and was able to get a 3/8" dado with two smooth passes.
One tip: make sure you keep these clean. The resins and adhesives in plywood and MDF will stick to the cutting edge, and if you don't keep them clean they will not perform nearly as well.
Freud, you are a woodworker's BFF.