- Guide to Profiling Bits
- Whiteside USA
Take the edge off with a Whiteside full size or small pilot roundover. The carbide tipped cutting flutes are nicely complimented by smart induction brazing, and a choice of small pilot, or full sized bearing. Shaken or stirred these bits make for some delicious routing.
For tight spots, the 5/32" diameter pilot of Whiteside's Small Pilot Roundovers allows the cutter to trace the edges of complex parts with sharp angles. At that scale, a replaceable bearing just isn't feasible - so please note that Small Pilot roundover bits do not have a replaceable guide bearing.
Standard sized roundover bits have a replaceable ball bearing that allows a single cutter to be converted between a standard roundover and a roundover and bead.
Roundover vs. Roundover and Bead
Roundover bits have a guide bearing equal in diameter to the minor diameter of the cutter, for a radiused edge that terminates flush to the work piece.
Roundover and Bead bits have an undersized bearing, so they cut a small step,at the transition between the radius and the edge or surface of the workpiece.
Replacement bearings, and bearing sets are available seperately.
Edge profiling bits use a pilot or bearing that runs along the workpiece keeping your profile perfectly in line with the edge. They can be used to soften a corner or add decoration. Replacement bearings and bearing sets let you change the effective profile of a bit for a different look, or keep your favorite bit in perfect working order.
Roundover bits, are described by the radius of the roundover they cut. Bits are available for plunge cutting or edge following (with a bearing or pilot). Use an undersized bearing to create a roundover and bead.
Chamfer or Bevel have a pilot or bearing and trim edges at an angle. They are spec'd by the angle of the bevel they cut relative to the surface of the workpiece.
Classic Pattern, Edge Beading, and Table Edge bits are classic profiles that add a decorative trim to the edge of the workpiece. By varying the height of the bit a wide range of effects are possible.
The Classic Multiform bit is one of the most versatile profile bits around. Many distinct profiles are made possible by using different sections of the cutter.
New! From the folks who invented indoor plumbing: The Ogee. With such a recognizable concave-convex profile do we even need to say... “When in Rome!!”
Cove bits create a hollow recess along the edge. They are spec'd by the radius of the cove they cut.
Raised Panel and Stile and Rail Sets are included with our cabinetry bits.
For over 30 years Whiteside Machine Company has manufactured best quality router-bits and we are proud to offer an exceptionally wide selection of their catalog. Combine them with your Festool router, or router table and you have a professional quality solution not only for shaping, but for joinery, grooving, copying templates, and even making the kid a custom set of wooden train tracks. All Whiteside router bits are made in the USA, but their' commitment to domestic production goes beyond just bits. Whiteside uses American made grinding wheels in their machine shop, and packages their bits in American made plastic sleeves and cases.
Flag waving aside, the real reason to purchase a Whiteside router-bit is because the hands down top quality of their product. Their router bits feature innovations such as concave ground cutting edges, who's sole purpose is to improve product quality, not simplify a production process, or shave a few cents per bit in manufacturing cost. Whiteside is a company who would rather build their own proprietary machinery, than settle for what's available, and with over 200 years of collective experience in their grinding room alone, they have the chops to pull it off. What that means for your woodworking is not having to worry about endlessly sanding out machine marks. It means not having to worry that a pre-maturely dull bit will tear out the grain. It means you can push your bit through the wood with the confidence of knowing that the folks who made your router bit cared as much about their product, as you care about yours.
Whiteside Machine is a family owned and operated business, their router-bits are made in Claremont, North Carolina USA.
Fine Wood Working had this to say about Whiteside in their May June 2007 Router-bit review: "At the end of the day, the Whiteside and the Eagle bits had risen to the top of the mix, tying for the highest score. Lee Valley had the second-highest score, followed by Southeast and Woodtek in a tie for third. By the way, Whiteside also had the best bit when we reviewed straight bits in our August 1999 issue (FWW #137). We named the Eagle and Whiteside bits best overall. And, since the Whiteside had one of the lowest prices of the top bits, we also named it best value."