Now that I've actually been trying to make things instead of merely collecting tools, I'm thinking that my next tool purchases will actually be tooling purchases. Specifically, I am hoping to expand my router bit collection.
I'm using 1/2" shank bits for the most part. I'm mostly interested in expanding my joinery options right now.
What I have so far are a few straight bits of various sizes, but none of them are spirals. I do not have a humongously long bit though, I think 2" cutting length or so is the longest. I also have a variety of roundover bits and a couple dovetail bits (including the bits that came with my PC jig). I have a 1/2" core box bit (I think this is the right name - it looks like a ball mill - and no, I do not in general know machinery words more than woodworking words, but I do have a close friend who is a machinist by trade and am slowly learning a few things).
I also have a 1/8" slot cutter, Amana brand, which is a subset of the stacked slot cutting set that is one of the bits I am looking to add to my battery. In addition to variable width slots, this set can be used to make 1/8" finger joints, cutting two at a time (three if I add the cutter I already have). If I add a bearing set, this should also take care of most rabbets I would like to do.
Also on my wish list is a lock miter bit.
Given that I am still pretty new at making stuff, are there any other bits that aren't somewhere on my list that you find indispensable or just really nice to have? And why?
I don't have any immediate raised panel plans, but if I did I would probably go with a flat angle raise with the panel body a bit proud of the raise with the panel also proud of the rails and should be able to do this with the bits I already have and my RAS.