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How to Clean a Router Bit

Improve your cuts with a simple cleaning

Anyone who has ever cut a fancy edge profile using a router knows the frustration of a burned or chippy cut. A poorly routed profile can ruin a valuable workpiece in just a few seconds.

While most woodworkers often attribute a poor cut to a dull bit, more often than not, the culprit is built up wood pitch along the bit’s cutting edge. Scrub that away and you’ll be surprised at how much better a bit can cut.

In this video, learn the right way to clean a router bit for cleaner, easier cuts.

Get a set of quality router bits

And if your router bits really have reached the end of their life and cleaning doesn’t help, get yourself a set of top quality router bits to replace them. One of the best sets on the market is the MLCS 8377 15-Piece Router Bit Set with Carbide-Tipped 1/2-Inch Shanks – it’s got all the profiles you’re likely to need and it’s a complete steal at under $40! 

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