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Most router tables allow you to capture dust and chips from the top of the table through a collection port on the fence, but this is only effective for some operations. Other operations require dust collection from the bottom of the table. There are a few different methods to do this with varying levels of effectiveness; usually they involve encasing the router in some sort of vacuum box.

Keen Products’ dust collection system collects dust right from the point of entry on the bottom of the table, leaving your router accessible and open so it won’t overheat. It also removes most of the dust before it has a chance to fall into the router motor, hopefully prolonging its life.

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I’m not sure how many times the Forstner bit can be reinvented, but let’s try at least one more time. Touting several improvements over other Forstner bits, the Maxicut Forstner bits made by Horst Miebach in Germany are sold under the Colt Brand.

The bits have a Rockwell hardness of 63 so they’ll stay sharp longer, but the side cutters can be resharpened when they do become dull. They work in cross grain and end grain and will drill straight, angled, or overlapping holes. Colt’s RotoStop shank system locks into any chuck or morse taper (with an adapter) and supposedly stops the shank from slipping and getting damaged.

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This multiple-profile bit from Infinity Tools allows you to reproduce dozens of classical profiles with a single bit, saving you money and drawer space — but it comes at a price.  Instead of making a single pass with a single-profile bit, you might have to make multiple passes at different cutter heights and fence positions.

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