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Shaper or Router Table? Hershey PA

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.

Middletown Lumber
(717) 944-4005
Brown & Clinton Streets PO Box 304
Middletown, PA

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Woodcraft - Harrisburg, PA
(717) 939-6770
777 Eisenhower Blvd.
Harrisburg, PA

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The Home Depot
(717)273-4829
801 E Walnut Street
Lebanon, PA
Hours
Mon-Thur: 6:00am-9:00pm
Fri-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Lowe's
(717) 473-2030
70 North Londonderry Square
Palmyra, PA
Hours
M-SA 6 am - 9 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

Hummelstown - D
(717) 533-8020
1170 Mae St
Hummelstown, PA
Store Hours
Miscellaneous
Store Type
Miscellaneous
Hours
Mon:8-22
Tue:8-22
Wed:8-22
Thu:8-22
Fri:8-22
Sat:8-22
Sun:8-21
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Mon:8-22
Tue:8-22
Wed:8-22
Thu:8-22
Fri:8-22
Sat:8-22
Sun:8-21

The Home Depot
(717)558-8105
4200 Derry Street
Swatara, PA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(717)651-9699
5101 Jonestown Rd
Harrisburg, PA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Hollister's Sawmill, Inc
(717) 898-2676
155A Blue Lane
Columbia, PA

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Murphys Home Center True Value
(717) 566-2538
8820 Bridge Rd
Hummelstown, PA
 
FSM TOOLS & SUPPLY
255 N ULRICH STREET ANNVILLE, PA, 17003
Annville, PA
 
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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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