Router Bit Care | Router Cutter Care and Maintenance

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If you want to get the most from your router cutters, regular router bit care and maintenance is essential. Here we explore some of the processes you should undertake to help ensure your router cutters always perform at their best.

It’s worth mentioning that ONLY the face illustrated in the article should be honed and never the bevel; to do so would rapidly decrease the diameter of the cutter. WD40 is also not viscous (having a thick, sticky consistency between solid and liquid) as stated and it’s ideal for honing router cutters. An amendment to the article might seem in order…

All liquids are ‘Viscous’…the ‘thickness’ just depends on the level of viscosity - The viscosity of a fluid is the measure of its resistance to gradual deformation by shear stress or tensile stress. For liquids, it corresponds to the informal concept of “thickness”: for example, honey has a higher viscosity than water…or WD40…

Thank you for your comments, the article has now been updated.

Stu, my comment in brackets was a copy/paste direct from a dictionary definition, but agreed, all liquids are viscous to one extent or another.