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Shaper or Router Table? Bastrop LA

A 3-1/2-hp router table setup can handle the occasional kitchen and, coupled with today's router bits, is even capable of making full-size, 1-3/4-in.-thick exterior doors. But a router is not designed for large-scale wood removal on a continuous basis.

The Home Depot
(318)324-0220
3750 Millhaven Rd
Monroe, LA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Monroe - Auth Hometown
(318) 388-1040
161 Richland Place
Monroe, LA
Store Hours
Hometown Dealers
Store Type
Hometown Dealers
Hours
Mon:9-19
Tue:9-19
Wed:9-19
Thu:9-19
Fri:9-19
Sat:9-18
Sun:13-18
Store Features
Mon:9-19
Tue:9-19
Wed:9-19
Thu:9-19
Fri:9-19
Sat:9-18
Sun:13-18

Lakeshore Ace Hardware
(318) 343-6670
8015 Desiard St
Monroe, LA
 
The Home Depot
(225)201-1778
8181 Airline Highway
Baton Rouge, LA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Home Depot
(504) 482-1985
500 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA
 
Allied Building Stores
318-699-9120
850 Kansas Lane Monroe, LA, 71211
Monroe, LA
 
Pecanland Mall
(318) 361-4855
4800 Millhaven Rd
Monroe, LA
Store Hours
Sears Stores
Store Type
Sears Stores
Hours
Mon:10-21
Tue:10-21
Wed:10-21
Thu:10-21
Fri:10-21
Sat:9-21
Sun:12-18
Store Features
Mon:10-21
Tue:10-21
Wed:10-21
Thu:10-21
Fri:10-21
Sat:9-21
Sun:12-18

The Home Depot
(504) 729-4400
5151 Citrus Blvd
New Orleans, LA
 
The Home Depot
(318)861-9200
110 E Bert Kouns Ind Lp
Shreveport, LA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(318)767-8988
5000 Masonic Dr
Alexandria, LA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-9:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Shaper or Router Table?

Shaper or Router Table?




Q. I'm thinking about starting a side business building custom doors. Should I consider investing in a shaper or use my router table?

 

Shaper cutters are larger and last longer than router bits.  The heavy weight large-diameter shaper cutter is designed to remove large amounts of material.

A. Get a shaper. Simply stated, the shaper produces more in less time than a router can. A 3-1/2-hp router table setup can handle the occasional kitchen and, coupled with today's router bits, is even capable of making full-size, 1-3/4-in.-thick exterior doors. But a router is not designed for large-scale wood removal on a continuous basis. A 1-1/2-hp shaper will actually remove more wood than a 3-1/2-hp router. That's because routers have lightweight universal motors designed for handheld use that develop low torque. A shaper uses an induction motor designed for continuous, heavy-duty use with torque to spare. Torque is what allows a shaper to hog off two to three times as much wood as a router can in a single pass. You'll still need a good router table setup. Small-diameter bits need the high rpm to make a clean cut. Although shapers have adapters that allow you to run router bits, they don't spin them fast enough for an optimal cut.


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