- Guide to Straight Bits
Whiteside Template and Pattern bits, are a quick and easy way to make copies with your router. To copy a shape, just attach your template or pattern on top of your work-piece, and trace it. The replaceable bearing guides the bit, while the flutes of the bit trim the work piece flush to the template, creating a perfect copy.
Template bits are also great for clearing up the bottom of a dado or slot that has been cut on the table saw. Adjust the depth of cut on your router and guide the bearing along the sides of the dado - and voila! a perfectly flat bottomed dado every time.
Combo Flush-Trim/Template bits (bearing on top and bottom) can be found with Flush Trim router bits.
Available in a range of diameters, lengths of cut, materials, and flute designs, straight router bits can do it all. If you need to trim an edge, cut a dado or rabbet, trace a template, waste a mortise, inlay or carve some basic lettering a straight bit can get the job done.
Straight fluted bits are a good all around choice, although they are generally not able to plunge cut. Bits of 1/4” and above are almost always carbide tipped for extra toughness, and will usually have two cutting edges. Smaller diameter bits are more typically solid carbide, and ground with a single cutting edge.
Spiral bits have cutting edges that wrap around the bit in a helix, for a smooth surface finish on the workpiece, and excellent chip clearing in enclosed feature. Most spiral bits are plunge cutting. Whiteside's solid carbide spiral bits are offered in up cut, down cut, and compression cut (up and down), for a range of chip clearing, and tear-out reducing options.
Undersized plywood bits are handy bits, for single pass cutting of dados, and slots correctly sized to common sheet goods, and plywood.
Router bits with a bearing, or pilot, are typically called: Trim, Flush Trim, Pattern, or Template Bits.
Flush Trim Router bits have a bearing or pilot at the end of the bit. The Bearing runs along the workpiece to allow the blades to “trim” veneer, laminate, or just about any material to a clean edge.
Ultimate Flush Trim Router bits are Whiteside's top of the line professional flush trim, and template bits.
Pattern and Template Bits have a bearing above the flutes of the bit, where the cutting edges meet the shank. The bearing runs along a template or pattern layed on-top of the workpiece, trimming the workpiece to match. Use Template bits to make copies of a shape, rout out material for inlay, or to clean out the bottom of a Dado made on a table or chop saw.
Replacement Bearings and Bearing Sets are available in a range of sizes.
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.
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 based in Claremont, North Carolina.
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."