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brand new to the game!

im looking to build my own studio and home theater speakers and subwoofers. i have some wood work experience. i currently own a table saw, impact and power drills, sander and a porter-cable 2 1/2 hp plunge router. im waiting on my jasper jig pro 200 to get here. i need some help on router bits. i need a bit for cutting perfect circles and flush mounting. a round over bit would be nice to. im not trying to get to fancy, just the basic bits i need to make my job easier. also, i bought a brand new router and i found these 2 bits in the packaging. will these be any good for what im trying to do? thank you

1). 1/2" pattern/flush trim bit
1/4" diameter shank

2). 3/4" pattern/flush trim bit
1/2" diameter shank
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Well what are you trying to do? Build your own design from scratch? That's much more difficult and could take a while to perfect.

You looking for a pre-designed speaker that you can build and finish yourself that you know will sound good?

What are your goals? High spl? Certain size? You building subs? Any info will help
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those look like really cheap bits so they probably aren't that useful. Most useful bits are a 1" cut length flush trim bit (similar to yours, but a better quality one), an upspiral bit for cutting out circles, a roundover bit for the edges of the boxes (if you don't want it to have square edges). Get all the bits with 1/2" shank.

Check out diysoundgroup.com for some really good speaker kits. Most popular ones are the 1099's, Fusion 12 tempests, and Fusion 8 Alchemy's. For subs, if you can do 4 subs or more go with Stereo integrity 18" drivers, if less than 4 look at UXL-18 from innovative sound technologies (mach5 audio).


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Well what are you trying to do? Build your own design from scratch? That's much more difficult and could take a while to perfect.

You looking for a pre-designed speaker that you can build and finish yourself that you know will sound good?

What are your goals? High spl? Certain size? You building subs? Any info will help
i plan on building high efficient bass horns and monitors. use someone elses designs. im pretty good at reading blue prints. i just need a little help with router bits. ive always used other peoples routers. this is my first router set up.
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those look like really cheap bits so they probably aren't that useful. Most useful bits are a 1" cut length flush trim bit (similar to yours, but a better quality one), an upspiral bit for cutting out circles, a roundover bit for the edges of the boxes (if you don't want it to have square edges). Get all the bits with 1/2" shank.

Check out diysoundgroup.com for some really good speaker kits. Most popular ones are the 1099's, Fusion 12 tempests, and Fusion 8 Alchemy's. For subs, if you can do 4 subs or more go with Stereo integrity 18" drivers, if less than 4 look at UXL-18 from innovative sound technologies (mach5 audio).
MLCS makes cheap bits? thats what these bits are. same from the kit below


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MLCS does make cheap bits, but they make some pretty decent quality ones too though. The 3/4" bit you have is too short to flush trim speaker boxes, and the 1" one you have is long enough, but I would be worried about the 1/4" shank. I'd suggest buying one of their higher quality 1/2" shank, 1" or more cut, flush trim bits, they're only like 12.00 but it would give you a much faster and better cut for flush trimming than the ones you have I think.

Or you could probably just buy one of their bit sets instead, that's what I did. They're a really good value.


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MLCS does make cheap bits, but they make some pretty decent quality ones too though. The 3/4" bit you have is too short to flush trim speaker boxes, and the 1" one you have is long enough, but I would be worried about the 1/4" shank. I'd suggest buying one of their higher quality 1/2" shank, 1" or more cut, flush trim bits, they're only like 12.00 but it would give you a much faster and better cut for flush trimming than the ones you have I think.

Or you could probably just buy one of their bit sets instead, that's what I did. They're a really good value.
your speaking foreign language to me lol. could you send me a link to the bits you described? there's so many different types of bits. i tried googling... im lost
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so... i need bit like the ones i have circled in the picture? these are 1/2"
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I have this set http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shops...et15piece.html

It is fairly limited with what you can do but is good enough for building speakers.

The one thing it's missing is an up-spiral bit, which will cut circles better than a straight cut. http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shops.../bt_solid.html something like the 901, 902 or 903 would be good.

The flush trim in this set isn't super great but it works, as it's a 1" cut length.


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