Tools & Materials
Our favorite edge-profiling router bits, a handheld drum sander and more.
Our favorite router bits for edge work
(1∕2" shanks only) 3∕4×11∕4", no. 06-692, $49.90 3∕4×2", no. 06-693, $69.90 11∕2×11∕4", no. 06-694, $89.90 11∕2×2", no. 06-695, $129.90 4-pc. set, no. 00-694, $299.90 The Mega Flush-Trim compression bits, shown above, work great for pattern routing because the combination of upcut and downcut shearing cutters eliminates chip-out on both workpiece faces. They cut cleanly and smoothly and produce precise results. To maximize the compression advantage, center the bit height on the workpiece thickness, which might require a thicker template. We like the 11∕2"-diameter bits because they cut at a shallower angle than the 3∕4" bits, making them less “grabby” in reversing-grain shapes, such as circles. But if you can get only one bit, go for the 3∕4×11∕4"—it’s the one we use most often.