Sign Bits for beginner?

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HarleyMike
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Sign Bits for beginner?

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What is a good choice of bits for a beginner making signs....I have the CNC Shark and just want to make some simple signs.

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60 degree v bit would be my choice.

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I agree with Angie.

I would only add that you should look for a good quality tool to avoid disappointment,
and problems.

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Post by asever »

I also have a Shark. When I first received mine it came with a 45 bit and it worked well. Once I wore it out I replaced it with this one from Home Depot (I needed to replace the bit for a project and Home Depot was the only place that carried them in my town):
http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hardware ... ogId=10053

Turns out to be the exact same bit that came with the machine. Over the last year or so I have gone through about 6 of them. I use them to V Carve plaques.

The other bit that I really like is the 60 degree bit from Rockler
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=2117

It has a lot more mass and works great. I have been using it for all kinds of projects, but mainly inlays. It is double the price of the other bit, however the finished cut is far superior. With router bits (and most tools IMHO) you tend to get what you pay for.

I also really like PreciseBits.com
http://www.precisebits.com/

The collets they make for the Colt works awesome, and they have a wide range of bits.

Good luck.
Andy

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Great info.....thank you so much :P
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A set of point round over bit. Not very common but findable. I got my set of three (R 1/4-3/8-1/2) at Hartlauer bits. They call it round-over bit 'V' bottom.

They add a very nice touch to letters and shapes for a small additional cost. Check it out.

I would also recommend various V bit from 90° to ~120°. The wider included angle allow wide letter and shapes to be V carved or raised/prism without going to thick. I get mine from Her-Saf. I personally rarely use the V 60°.

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