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If you're not familiar, CMT is one of the best makers of router bits (along with Whiteside, Amana, etc.).

Sommerfeld is a very reputable company & seller. Seems they are clearing out all of their CMT individual bits & sets at 50% off. You'll be hard-pressed to find better prices on these bits, even used.

Free shipping if you spend over $25.

https://www.sommerfeldtools.com/C...ducts/538/
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I think the "no warranty" thing just refers to the store's "limited lifetime warranty" that they advertise on the front page. In for three bits.

As for cheap vs. expensive, don't go too cheap. I went for a starter set from MLCS, and it's been quite useful. MLCS has been making bits for a long time, and as someone else said, these things spin at up to 20,000RPM, so manufacturing quality does matter. But for more commonly used bits I eventually upgraded to Whiteside, which makes arguably the best bits on the market. Try the Whiteside set 401 for 1/2" shank bits for a starter set. They also make a 1/4" shank version, but I don't recall the set's model number.
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Why would anyone buy from a site with the following stipulation?
"The sale of this product is final. No warranty or returns. No exceptions."

Are they saying they can sell me a defective device and i cant do jack about it?
I guess because these things are half off. Not ideal even for clearance, but probably not a big deal to many of their repeat customers.
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This is not going to be a popular opinion here but it is an opinion. Buy a cheap kit that has multiple different bits. Use it to learn, build your skills and figure out which bits you need and then buy good quality versions of those ones. I'm currently learning myself and I'm using the following HF set and it has been great. Yes it'll dull after a while but by then I'll know what I need. Yes it might not leave the best finish but again you are learning so that gives you more chances to practice your sanding and finishing techniques. The higher end bits can be resharpened but again do you really know how to do that right now.

https://www.harborfreight.com/12-...46832.html
This is a perfectly logical suggestion. I am in the same boat. Most people end up using only 3-4 type of router bits majority of the time (for me it's roundover, flush trim and rabbeting bits); so once you get a cheap "all-in-one" style bit set, you can see which ones you tend to use most often; then replace those with higher quality bits. The ones you don't use often, you can live with the cheaper bits for that occasional use.
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Sharpening bits is very easy. First, use a solvent that removes sap or pitch, and then just get a flat diamond file to flatten the straight edges at the end of each profile. Super easy to do. If you cut a lot of softwoods like pine, the pitch builds up and burns your work
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A big thanks to OP

Recently got a table saw and built a router table for it / as an extension and got tons of projects going around the house where high quality bits will come in handy...
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Was hoping to find a 1/4" round over, 1/4" Roman ogee, or 1/2" straight for 1/4" shank. Didn't see any. I'm also new to using a router and have read those are some of the main popular ones to grab.
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All OP links take me to the Index default page....
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Was hoping to find a 1/4" round over, 1/4" Roman ogee, or 1/2" straight for 1/4" shank. Didn't see any. I'm also new to using a router and have read those are some of the main popular ones to grab.
Unless you need exactly 1/4 there is a 15/64 ovolo bit that'll accomplish the same thing as a round over.
https://www.sommerfeldtools.com/C...27.060.11/
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Thanks for your informative response.
You are absolutely correct, no real furniture has ever been posted here. I tried to just get a writing desk from a retailer at $1500, then I found the desktop is just MDF or these compressed material, and the trim is worse. At this price, I should get several piece of solid wood boards.
Very frustrated, then decide to make some furniture little by little. Need several router bits, a biscuit joiner, a planer, and a jointer. For whatever reason, tools become more and more expensive and out of stock from time to time.
Wait for deals.
By the way, I move to Richmond VA a few years ago, so please forgive my ignorance of furniture manufacturers.
If you look online, there might be some woodworking classes or workshops in your area. If you go there you are likely to find people who will tell you where to find decent lumber in your area at good prices.

I am sure there is an Amish or Mennonite community near Richmond. The overpriced woodshops will be near the hipsters.

Good luck to you. You can always buy a damaged piece of furniture off craigslist or at auction and fix it then stain or paint it at a fraction of the cost. Don't worry if you make sawdust out of perfectly good wood, You learn from that experience. I am not a woodsmith, but I've learned a few things by ripping apart old furniture and rebuilding it.
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This is not going to be a popular opinion here but it is an opinion. Buy a cheap kit that has multiple different bits. Use it to learn, build your skills and figure out which bits you need and then buy good quality versions of those ones. I'm currently learning myself and I'm using the following HF set and it has been great. Yes it'll dull after a while but by then I'll know what I need. Yes it might not leave the best finish but again you are learning so that gives you more chances to practice your sanding and finishing techniques. The higher end bits can be resharpened but again do you really know how to do that right now.

https://www.harborfreight.com/12-...46832.html [harborfreight.com]
I second this thought completely. For a new, hobby woodworker. Get a set and use it. You'll figure out which bits run out, and which ones collect dust. Then upgrade the ones you actually use. I got a 1/4" shank bit set off amazon, in a cheap palm router, and haven't come into tooo many situations where it didn't suit my purpose. Moreover, for small items/details a palm router is preferable to a giant one.

One important point I learned the hard way. Routers cause more shop accidents than some other tools. Read up on router kickback, which way to run the wood through, etc, and use push blocks if you have a router table setup. I've got a scar as a reminder!
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Why are all of the straight bits in mm? Looks like a good deal but my next project I'm looking for 3/4 dado.
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