|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" (Dia.) Double Flute Straight Bit with 1/2" Shank (12-194)
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- Overall Dia. (D) 1-3/4", Carbide Height (h) 1-1/4", 1/2" Shank
- 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.
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Freud straight bits cut smoother than other bits because of the precise shear and hook angles. End of bit relief allows for fast plunging.
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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.
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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!
I've been using the bit in a 2 1/4 HP router, with a D handle installed. I jointed and squared 2 large boards 8ft x 12" x 3", hand held. I butted the router base against long straight edges and took cuts of about 1/16" to 1/8". The bit performed flawlessly, giving me very smooth edges on the boards, which were laminated 3/4" cabinet grade plywood (3) with a 3/4" layer of solid red oak. Of course, the 2 1/2" cutting length wasn't long enough to do the whole board. After making about a 2 1/4" cut with this bit, I turned the boards over and used a 1/2" trim bit, bearing on the bottom, to finish off the cuts. The job turned out great, only requiring light passes with a smoothing plane to finish off the job. I'm very pleased with the speed and ease that this bit jointed and squared these large pieces. Nothing else in my shop worked as well or as quickly.
Now to the bad part. I got a little careless on the second board, while cutting one of the 8ft sides. I didn't keep the router dead flat on the surface and dipped into the cut. In a split second, that long cutter took a big bite out of the side and then climbed up and out of the cut, twisting me to the left. Fortunately, the D handle base is a very secure base, that allows you to have a very good hold on the router, so nothing happened other than scaring me half to death. But, if someone had been standing close to me on the left, the router would have been in their face in an instant. I've been using routers for over 30 years and never had a router do that to me before. Of course, I usually use a router table when possible, which is the sensible thing to do with such large bits.
I've got other projects planned, where I'll be using this bit and router configuration again as a hand held jointer. But, the next time, I'll make and install a much larger router base plate that will keep the router flat on the work surface. That should make things idiot proof....
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.