Carbide Downcut Inlay Router Bits

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The best for inlay work and saddle slotting! Solid carbide lasts far longer than steel, and reverse spiral flutes cut downward for cleaner, "no fuzz" edges in routed cavities.

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Carbide Downcut Inlay Router Bits 1/8" dia.

1/8" dia.

Item # 5154
In stock, ready to ship!

$18.55

3 or more $17.07
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Carbide Downcut Inlay Router Bits 3/32" dia.

3/32" dia.

Item # 5153
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$18.55

3 or more $17.07
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Carbide Downcut Inlay Router Bits 1/16" dia.

1/16" dia.

Item # 5152
In stock, ready to ship!

$18.55

3 or more $17.07
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Carbide Downcut Inlay Router Bits 3/64" dia.

3/64" dia.

Item # 5151
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$18.55

3 or more $17.07
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Carbide Downcut Inlay Router Bits 1/32" dia.

1/32" dia.

Item # 5150
In stock, ready to ship!

$18.55

3 or more $17.07
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Carbide Downcut Inlay Router Bits, Set of all 5 sizes

Carbide Downcut Inlay Router Bits, Set of all 5 sizes

Item # 5155
In stock, ready to ship!

$92.75 $82.55

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Details

The best for inlay work and saddle slotting! Solid carbide lasts far longer than steel, and reverse spiral flutes cut downward for cleaner, "no fuzz" edges in routed cavities.

To use our 1/8"-shank bits in your laminate trimmer's 1/4" collet, see our #5246 Adapter Collet.

Length 1-1/2" (38.10mm)
Shank diameter 1/8" (3.18mm)

Use the larger bits for removing wood in the middle of your inlay work, and save the fine bits for the fine details. The fine detail bits are fragile, for routing intricate details only.

Item Primary use Width of cut Depth of cut
5154 For inlay routing and bridge saddle slots 1/8" (0.1250", 3.18mm) 1/2" (0.375", 9.53mm)
5153 For inlay routing and bridge saddle slots 3/32" (0.0938", 2.38mm) 1/4" (0.250", 6.35mm)
5152 For fine detail inlay routing 1/16" (0.0625", 1.59mm) 3/16" (0.188", 4.78mm)
5151 For fine detail inlay routing 3/64" (0.0469", 1.19mm) 1/8" (0.125", 3.18mm)
5150 For fine detail inlay routing 1/32" (0.0313", 0.79mm) 1/8" (0.125", 3.18mm)


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Carbide Downcut Inlay Router Bits

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great bits

By larryw from Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 20, 2011


I love these bits, even though I'm not a stringed instrument maker, stewmac is my go-to source for these. I make high-end jewelry boxes with lots of inlay, and these bits are the best I've found anywhere for use in inlay work. I also wish ,like someone else has already commented on, that these bits were also available in 1/64'' cutting dimension.

A specialty tool that is worth its weight in gold

By Gary Scott - GS Handcrafted Guitars from Cleveland, OH
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 19, 2011


I love these bits, i use them for just about everything - slotting acoustic bridges to inlay and bindings. Durable and very well machined. Being so thin you would think they would break real easy, but actually they are as tough as router bits in a micro design. The downcut helps to keep the work area clean so you can see as you are cutting. A definite 10 in my book

very good !!

By Alain BERTRAND from france
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, January 06, 2011


If the DREMEL turns well...........

Downcut Router Bit

By Stephen Johnson from Lewiston, ID
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 05, 2011


This is a must for inlay work. No tear-out with this bit.

1/16" bits

By Sharp Guitars from New Jersey
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 19, 2010


These bits are nicely made. However, the width of cut exceeds .0625". So, if you are using .0625" purfling for rosettes, like I do, don't use this bit. It will leave a gap that wood swelling doesn't compensate for. Had to reject and remake a top.



The setup I used was a dremmel with the Stewmac router base and rosette circle cutter.

My dream bits

By LHF from Stockholm, Sweden
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 17, 2010


So far I have just tried one of the small bits and it worked really nice. Tonight I will try a bigger one. GOOD product.

Cuts the mustard... and more.

By VirgilGuitar from Tampa, FL
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 12, 2010


I got in the 1/32 bit in just as I was using a Dremel bit and switched to the one from Stew Mac - the old bit is now retired. I am using this for really tiny inlay work. Now I wish they would make a 1/64. Cuts nicely into hardwoods.

A size for every inlay string

By Ron Young from Chattanooga, TN
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 07, 2010


I'm a furniture maker and have been using these inlay bits for several years. They do a great job cutting the grooves for string inlay. With all the sizes offered I can always find the exact width bit to match my stringing.

Lots of other uses.

By Paul Norman from Cambridge, MA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, August 29, 2010


I have loved these bits for many years and have lately found a new use for the 1/16" bit. I have been doing some piece work repairing chairs for a caning shop. Nothing works better to get the old cane out of the slot in the chair than the 1/16" bit. I can accurately cut a deep groove in the old cane. This makes it easy to free what's left of the cane with a 3/16" chisel. By the way, I like the new packaging a lot.

Clean Cutting

By Walt from Ohio
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, August 21, 2010


I have used these in wenge so far and I am very happy with the clean cuts. They are pricey but in my opinion worth the extra money

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