Trend Router Bits: The most popular styles explained

Trend Router Bits | Cutting Wood

It’s probably one of the most versatile tools in your workshop – your Router.

Yet, this powerful tool is nothing more than just a spinning motor without the addition of router cutter bits. Add a router jig into the mix and a vast array of shapes, joints and holes can be at your disposal.

There is an enormous number of different router bits available, in varying styles and sizes to suit almost any task – and it can be a challenge to recall each one.

As a Trend Silver Stockist, here at Toolfix we’re well equipped to offer a professional range of router bits, routing jigs and woodworking accessories. Trend are the UK´s leading brand with over 50 years of experience in the industry, pushing the boundaries of routing technology to offer total solutions. Trend router bits are precision engineered to the highest standards and tolerances and are widely used for the most demanding applications in the professional manufacturing and woodworking trades.

We stock a vast range of cutters, whilst the entire range we can offer is even vaster. The following guide should help to explain the differences between the key ranges that are available to help you to make an informed choice.

You can discover more about what we can supply from our Trend Stockist Page or you can check out the latest Trend Catalogue here.

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Professional TCT Trend Router Bits

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The most commonly supplied variation of router cutters are Tungsten Carbide Tipped (TCT for short). Most cutters have tungsten carbide tips brazed onto a steel body for maximum working performance and cost-effectiveness. Tungsten carbide is a combination of equal parts tungsten and carbon to form an extremely hard material that is very abrasion resistant and can withstand higher temperatures than High Speed Steel (HSS).

The professional range of Trend router bits are specially developed using micro-granular D-NAMIC Tungsten Carbide Tips from the world’s leading carbide manufacturer, which are designed to withstand the most abrasive materials. The highly ground tip face ensures perfect sharpness & gives a cleaner cut on softwoods, hardwoods, MDF, plywood & chipboard. Advanced automated grinding improves the carbides resistance to wear and gives longer life when cutting abrasive materials.


Trend Straight Two Fluted Router BitsStraight cutters are generally used for trimming and cutting straight edges, and cutting straight rebates, slots and grooves. For these operations the router is guided by the side fence or against a batten edge. Using a template or guide bush, they can also be used for similar operations on regular or irregular curved work. They are also valuable for producing a range of joints.Both 6.3mm and 12.7mm diameter straight cutters are suitable for grooving and rebating. A 1/4 inch (6.35mm) cutter can be plunged in centrally away from the board edge. A 1/2 inch (12.7mm) cutter must enter from the edge of the board.

Always resist the temptation to rout grooves and joints in one pass of the router, so take several shallow cuts. This will ensure a better finish is obtained and it will reduce the load on the router. Mounting a waste piece at the end of the components clamped ready for machining will ensure the end panel does not split out (the cut is carried through into the waste piece).


Trend Router Bits | TrimmingBearing guided trimming cutters allow veneers and laminates to be trimmed flush with the edge of the base material, leaving a perfect chip free square edge. They can also be used to trim a thin workpiece flush to the edge contour of a pre-cut template.

When using plastic laminate always allow laminate adhesive to dry before trimming to avoid clogging the guide bearing.

To retain cutter life always restrict overlap of material to a maximum of 3mm.


Trend Router Bits | RebateSelf guided rebate cutters can be used on straight as well as curved work. Although the width of the rebate is set by the guide bearing diameter, different diameter bearings can be fitted to vary the rebate size.


Trend Router Bits | ChamferChamfers can be run the full length of the workpiece or ´stopped´ a short distance from the end. For the latter, a stop can be fitted to limit the router travel.

Chamfers can be used as a decorative edge on timber worktops, furniture legs and rails. They can also be used for removing the arris on posts and rail structures, such as fences, gates and garden furniture. When joining boards edge to edge, abutting edges can be chamfered to produce a vee-groove to disguise the glue joint.


Trend Router Bits | V-GrooveThe main uses of the v-cutter are for decorative grooves, fluting, imitation matchlining on panel materials, and free-hand or template letter carving. Light edge chamfering can also be carried out using this cutter on both timber and laminates.


Trend Router Bits | Ovolo & Rounding OverThese are generally used to soften the appearance of square edged worktops, window boards and furniture. By lowering the cutter, a top step can be routed. By performing a second pass on the reverse of the workpiece, a full bull-nose can be achieved.


Trend Router Bits | Decorative OgeeThis is one of the most popular of the traditional decorative moulding cutters. The ogee cutter is suitable for finishing the edges of tables and cabinet tops as well as mirror and picture frames.


Trend Router Bits | Radius, Cove and CavettoGenerally used as decorative cutters, cove cutters can be used to rout a decorative edge finish, for fluting, or produce pipe and cable ducts. When producing small section cove beading, it is recommended to cut the moulding on both edges of a wide piece of timber prior to separating them by sawing along the centre. This allows the workpiece to be held safely.


Trend Router Bits | DovetailAlthough used for cutting housings for shelf ends, unlike straight cutters, the dovetail profile must be cut in one pass only. Always cut the housing before the dovetail tongue and adjust the tongue width to suit. For ease and safety, it is worth considering using the router mounted in an inverted router table for cutting the tongues.

If a router below 750 watts is to be used, the load can be reduced by routing a relief cut with a straight cutter first in the centre of the area to receive the dovetail cut. This reduces the amount of material to be removed, reducing load on the router. The batten is adjusted to make a wider dovetail groove. Clamp support sections either side to prevent the router from tipping.


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2016 Trend Catalogue – Routing & Woodworking

NEW Trend Catalogue | Routing and Woodworking 2016

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As a Silver Stockist of the UK’s leading brand of router cutters, routing jigs, and woodworking accessories, we are pleased to annouce the release of the new 2016 Trend Catalogue.

With over 240 pages of quality routing and woodworking tools and accessories, we are proficient in supplying you with all of the very latest products aimed at offering professional users solutions to the most demanding applications in the manufacturing, woodworking and joinery trades.

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The Durable Versatile Beauty of Solid Pewter Hardware

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Pewter – a malleable alloy of tin, copper, lead, antimony or other metals for durability and strength – has been used in the home in the UK since the days of the Roman Empire to create domestic items including cups, spoons, candlesticks, door knobs – in fact almost anything. Since the 17th century pewter has been recognised for its beauty and versatility. It is still used in cutting-edge interior design in 2016 to produce high quality architectural ironmongery and features.

Pewter is a safe, non-toxic material which nowadays contains no lead. It is primarily made from tin (91 to 95 per cent) with up to eight per cent antimony, 2.5 per cent copper and 0.5 per cent bismuth.

Hardware items produced from pewter can be made in a variety of ways including centrifugal casting using silicon moulds, turning on a lathe or by pressing, rolling or hand forming. The surface can be polished, darkened, engraved, etched, stamped or hammered. The surface can also be painted, enameled or decorated.

As interior design, particularly in kitchens, moves away from the stark minimalism of white gloss, natural materials and quality joinery are becoming more sought after. What better way to complement the natural beauty of wood and be on trend in terms of design than by using solid pewter hardware?

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Not all pewter hardware is actually made from pewter. Often, an iron or steel cast is ‘finished’ using special powder coatings to give the item the patina of solid pewter. It is important to check this when sourcing pewter hardware.

Solid pewter is low maintenance and will not corrode or rust like cheaper powder-coated alternatives. It is easy to maintain a factory finish by washing with soapy water and buffing dry every three to six months. Pewter’s durability makes it a sound choice for interior and exterior applications where long life and ease of maintenance are required.

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Anthony Burt of Toolfix said: “Pewter is a durable, high-quality, versatile and beautiful material. All the hardware that we offer is manufactured to the highest European standards and complements any building or refurbishment or architectural project from heritage work to cutting-edge modern interior design.”

Finesse Pewter Hardware has been professionally and independently tested and complies with BS EN ISO 11997-1:2006, a 168-hour cyclic corrosion salt spray test.

“Our range of solid pewter hardware has been designed and manufactured using only the finest lead-free pewter, blending modern production techniques and processes with a unique hand-crafted finish to highlight the natural beauty of pewter. It includes everything from cabinet hardware to door levers – including pewter 92 mm multi-point locking handles – to provide the perfect finishing touches to high quality joinery,” said Anthony Burt.

“We can supply hardware for heritage projects, traditional designs or ultra-modern interiors. Call us on 01733 347348 to find out more.”

Create Longer Lasting Windows with Composite Beading

One of the most important elements of a window frame is one of its smallest – the beading. Beading is used externally and internally on windows to keep the glazing in place. However, beading on timber windows can form a water trap and is often the first component of a window system to rot and fail.

Water ingress can damage both the beading and the main frame of the window itself. At the very least, timber beads will need regular maintenance or replacement – creating both cost and inconvenience.

The simplest and most cost effective solution is to replace the element that is most likely to fail, the beading, with a product that is longer-lasting and more resistant to weathering than ordinary timber – Composite Beading.

A robust and cost-effective solution to beading replacement is Q-Wood innovative composite timber beading.

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Anthony Burt of Toolfix Joinery and Construction Supplies explains: “Q-Wood profiles reflect the natural appearance and feel of wood while retaining the beneficial properties of a composite. They can be used for interior or exterior applications where weathering and durability is required. They are used widely in the timber window industry to replace traditional timber beading.”

Q-Wood composite timber profiles integrated into windows and doors add beauty and enhance performance. The profiles can be used to secure the glazing in place while enabling suitable ventilation for the double glazing unit.

Composite beads, bars and moulds are replacing traditional timber components to provide an improved solution that increases productivity while reducing labour, waste and ongoing maintenance requirements. They require no moisture extraction, treatment, acclimatising or conditioning. Uniformity means no knots and therefore no labour-intensive inspection and sorting is needed.

The consistency of Q-Wood also means waste can be drastically reduced as it will not bow, splinter, swell, crack or rot. Therefore, only off-cuts will be left over; everything else will be fitted to the window or door. The standard stock profile length is three metres but Q-Wood can also be supplied in a length that best suits the users’ production facilities, by special order subject to quantities, thus helping to reduce waste further.

“Because of the use of wood fibres in Q-Wood, when finished it looks and feels every bit as good as timber but with added benefits. Q-Wood has no gaps to fill or knots to cover. The smooth surface without imperfections creates the perfect ‘canvas’ for paint, ensuring that the finish achieved is excellent,” said Anthony Burt.

Q-Wood profiles are manufactured from sustainably sourced materials and can be produced using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody sourced timber. Using timber in the manufacturing process combines the elements of nature while delivering the performance of a composite.

The profiles maintain form and straightness, do not crack or rot, can be painted and are suitable for both internal and external applications. Profiles can also be supplied in lengths to suit specific production requirements.

Anthony Burt added: “All Q-Wood profiles are produced to the highest quality and every Q-Wood profile that leaves the manufacturing site is guaranteed to be to specification.”

Be Inspired by Corner Windows and Frames

Inspired in part by Frank Lloyd-Wright’s Fallingwater house, modern architects and self-builders are increasingly seeking to re-establish connections with the landscape around them through the innovative use of panoramic glazing in windows and doors.

Using corner windows and corner opening sliding door systems allows builders and designers to take advantage of increased floor space. Their use also reduces the building’s mass and introduces more natural light into interior spaces. As light enters the room from two angles, wide panoramic vistas, landscapes and cityscapes are opened up. This is particularly useful in north-facing spaces where more light can be introduced without the need for artificial lighting, therefore saving on energy costs.

There are a variety of ways that corner frames can be used to reimagine the views projected through the windows, enabling a deeper visual connection with the building’s surroundings. This can be achieved either by surrounding the corner with glass or by breaking up the view with a slim-line metal or timber frame. Because corner glazing is an atypical model, incorporating it into a building design creates a stimulating external and internal visual appearance.

Where ground floor space is at a premium, cornerless opening can be incorporated to save space by connecting two lift and slide door sets at right angles to create the opening.

“There is now a real range of options for architects and self-builders to incorporate ultra-modern, visually stimulating design into their projects by using cornerless windows and sliding door systems”, said Anthony Burt of Peterborough-based joinery suppliers Toolfix Joinery and Construction supplies.

“Housebuilders and developers can be bold in their vision while at the same time ensuring that the building will take advantage of thermally dynamic, sustainable modern glazing which is stunning to look at as well as secure.”

Toolfix is a supplier of Imago high-performance super-slim lift and slide door systems which combine the natural beauty of wood with the latest in sliding door technology to offer the minimalist style and superior performance favored by modern home design.

Imago is the slimmest timber frame lift and slide door system on the UK market, combining stunning wide-span openings with unobstructed views not found in any other system with superb energy efficiency and superior security performance. It enables Toolfix to offer architects, builders and self-build developers the perfect solution for their contemporary building design requirements where style and performance are paramount.

By combining innovative Italian design with precision engineering, Imago Lift & Slide rivals even the best aluminium systems while creating stunning panoramic views that add a greater sense of space to any type of property. Exceptional energy efficiency values and industry-leading thermal and weatherproofing performance ensure the highest possible protection from the worst that the British weather can throw at it. Advanced multi-point locking tested to UK and European standards provides enhanced anti-burglar protection without compromising design.

Anthony Burt added: “In addition to Imago Lift & Slide we also offer a number of window solutions from leading manufacturers including Deventer and Q-Wood to deliver real choice to our customers.”