Hey gents / gals -
I’m looking to place my first order for a good array of bits from Drillman1 on Ebay and hope you can make some recommendations. I apologize in advance for the ‘noob’ questions… bear with me. NOTE: I just placed an order for the 1/8" collet for my Makita from Elaire Corp.
Cutting 3/4" (or less) stock (MDF, Hardwood), i.e. cutting out headstocks / body cavities etc.
Detail work such as carving logos in headstocks and cutting fret slots (.023" - please see note below RE ‘shell-cutter’).
I have (what I believe to be) a list for a ‘good starter set’ as follows:
2 flute spiral bits in the following diameters: .25,” .125,” .0625,” .03125,” and .024.”
I believe the Shapeoko XL comes with (1) .25" bit (I’m waiting for it to arrive).
In the Drillman store, I’m looking at: https://www.ebay.ca/itm/152468833488
.25” and the .125” both up cut and down cut
“With the bits smaller than .125” buy a bulk pack as you will break them in the beginning.”
(Description says plastic etc… ok for wood? Recommendations?)
.125" Flat Cutter (x3)
What constitutes a ‘flat cutter’? Is this just a downcut or upcut endmill? Would these work:
.0625 Flat Cutter (x3)
“for plastic, aluminum / copper…” will these work for wood? https://www.ebay.ca/itm/1-16-0625-CARBIDE-2-FLUTE-MICRO-ENDMILLS-AlTiN-COATED-1610-0625L188/151853404544?hash=item235b2b1180:g:KtoAAOSw~bFWJFXn
.125 Ball Cutter (x3)
Found these but they say ‘… metal, plastic etc.’ with no mention of wood. Can these be used for wood? https://www.ebay.ca/itm/1-8-1250-CARBIDE-2-FLUTE-ENDMILLS-BALL-END-Kyocera-1625-1250-375/381998754790?hash=item58f0e66be6:g:So4AAOSwu4BVz-IZ
.0625 Ball Cutter (x3)
I found a ton of bits here that say “… for metal etc.”, but nothing for wood.
Sharp Tipped V-Bit 45 or 60 degrees
Would these be decent? https://www.ebay.ca/itm/381533819973
Large Flat Head for surfacing
What would ‘large’ be in this case?
Large Ball nose
Not sure what ‘large’ would be. Any recommendations here? I’m assuming this bit would be for smoothing larger transitions?
0.0230 in. (0.584 mm) 3-flute optimized natural shell cutter, 0.060 in EFL, 0.125 in. max reach
*This I couldn’t find (and nothing under ‘shell cutter’) but I’m wondering if these would work for frets: https://www.ebay.ca/itm/152959008152
Thanks in advance. I’m open to other recommendations / links on the Drillman store if you have some ‘go to’ bits. I don’t want to break the bank but want a good variety of bits (and back-ups) as I get started. No doubt, I’ll hone in on what I need w/ more experience and time.