Here's a little story about us
Whiteside Machine Company began manufacturing router bits for the thriving furniture industry that existed in Hickory, NC. Through word of mouth, hard work and a focus on quality, our product line evolved and expanded to supply businesses and hobbyists throughout the United States. Made from high quality steel and tipped with micro-grain carbide, our years of experience provides you a full line of router bits your workshop will cherish.
Spiral router bits were originally designed for the CNC industry as a tool for long-life under intense working conditions. As spirals became popular with the everyday woodworker and craftsman, an increase in demand was seen throughout the industry. Whiteside offers a variety of spirals in up-cut, down-cut, and compression flute configurations. We recommend up-cut spirals for best control of your router and ejecting chips up and out of your dado cuts. Down-cuts provide superb control of fraying on the surface nearest the router while preventing the tendency to lift small workpieces. Compression spirals have up and down flutes to maintain the cleanest cut on both the top and bottom of the workpiece. Whiteside increases the life and value of your spiral selection by offering these bits in a solid carbide form.
Whiteside is proud to supply the industry with our superior line of drilling and boring tools. We offer a range of countersinks manufactured with standard carbon steel or superior high speed steel for extended life. Three wing drills and patented carbide-tipped hole saws are among our line. Many of these tools were designed and tested by consulting experts in the marine industry. Unlike many drilling and boring products found on the market, we make ours with American craftsmanship and ingenuity.
A standard router bit begins as no more than a piece of steel. Steel is purchased in 12-foot long bars and self-fed into a machine that cuts them to the appropriate length. As the cylinder-shaped pieces are cut, they are gathered and sent to the lathes.
The lathes run each piece of steel with precision accuracy to shape the general form of the bit and create the shank. Every size and type of router bit has a program to provide the specifications of the tool being manufactured. The shaped piece of steel - or a blank - is then sent to the mills.
Mills are used to cut the flutes into the blank. A router bit will commonly have one to four flutes, all of them cut at this stage in the process.
The steel then travels to the brazing station where the carbide is joined with the steel. Each piece of carbide must be placed along the form of the bit and then braized with extreme heat.
The final step in manufacturing a router bit is to sharpen the carbide. Each piece of carbide is ground by hand so that the sharpest edge can be formed. The finished bit is then sent to the shipping department for final assembly and dipped in a protective wax covering.