Categorizing cutting tools - your input appreciated!

Hi everyone,

Chris and I are trying to categorize the cutting bits based on the types of projects you can produce, to potentially create kits with all the end mills required.

For example:

  • Signmaking: 60 and 90 deg v-bits, 1/4" downcut
  • Relief Carving: 1/8" and 1/4" tapered bits, 1/8 and 1/4" upcut bits
  • Metal and plastic working: 1/8" and 1/4" single flute bits
  • Bowl Making, Guitar making, and so on.

What other categories might people find interesting or useful? Is there any combination of bits that are indispensable to you for a type of project?


@agontarz What the heck; I’ll start.

In addition to those that you’ve listed, I use the 30° V bits that you sell for fine line engraving. The advantage over the 60° and 90° is that you can go deeper while staying narrow. I use ball nose bits for models, mostly 1/8". I also use a plunge round over bit for doing the edges of signs. I don’t use it much as I have a router table, but it’s nice to be able to finish a plaque completely on the Mill.

Cabinetry/jointing with profiling bits, stile and rail bits, grooving and dovetail bits