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Offline ScotF

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Best spiral pattern/flush bit or try Festool flush bit?
« on: January 10, 2017, 12:19 AM »
I am making a set of dining chairs and my flush bit is dull. It is straight cutting and so even if sharpened I worry about tearout so I will likely retire it and replace with another option.

What do you recommend? Will be pattern routing hand-held and in the table so bearing position  is not a huge deal. Mostly hardwood and some figured. I want best cut (hence spiral) or ability to replace the edges (hence Fedtool).  Whiteside has a couple of nice compression bits and some with two bearings.

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Offline Claimdude

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Re: Best spiral pattern/flush bit or try Festool flush bit?
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2017, 07:31 AM »
Whiteside hands down.

Jack

Online kevinculle

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Re: Best spiral pattern/flush bit or try Festool flush bit?
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2017, 09:04 AM »
Yes the Whiteside solid carbide spiral bit is a great one.

Offline waho6o9

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Re: Best spiral pattern/flush bit or try Festool flush bit?
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2017, 09:40 AM »
For a glass finish Whiteside is tough to beat.
http://whitesiderouterbits.com/catalog.html

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Offline Huxleywood

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Re: Best spiral pattern/flush bit or try Festool flush bit?
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2017, 09:46 AM »
  Whiteside has a couple of nice compression bits and some with two bearings.

The Whiteside compression bits are absolutely the best pattern bits for a router.  Maybe of interest Southeast Tool (which also makes top quality by that I mean Whiteside level bits) just released 3 compression bits seemingly identical to the Whiteside versions and where the Whitesides run about $165 (depending on the version) the Southeast Tool versions are about $35 cheaper.  I plan to try one when my Whiteside gets dull but mainly do pattern cutting on the shaper with a 4" diameter Byrd head so it may be a long time before I get one. 

Offline ScotF

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Re: Best spiral pattern/flush bit or try Festool flush bit?
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2017, 12:35 AM »
Thanks, guys. The Whiteside looks like the most recommended option. Now, should I go top bearing, bottom bearing or both or get a combination?

Offline Tim Raleigh

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Re: Best spiral pattern/flush bit or try Festool flush bit?
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2017, 09:54 AM »
Thanks, guys. The Whiteside looks like the most recommended option. Now, should I go top bearing, bottom bearing or both or get a combination?

Depends, I find a (one) top bearing and (one) bottom bearing covers off most requirements. Not sure I would ever use one with both bottom and top.
Tim