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Shaper or Router Table? Mesa AZ

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
(480)396-0227
425 S Val Vista Dr
Mesa, AZ
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(480)830-2463
6708 E McKellips Rd
Mesa, AZ
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(480)644-9111
1740 S Country Club Dr
Mesa, AZ
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

Woodcraft - Chandler/Phoenix, AZ
(888) 549-9663
3002 N. Arizona Ave.
Chandler, AZ

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The Home Depot
(480)496-9700
725 W Warner Rd
Tempe, AZ
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(480) 497-1466
745 S Val Vista Dr
Gilbert, AZ
 
The Home Depot
(480)461-0251
853 N Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(480)497-1466
745 S Val Vista Dr
Gilbert, AZ
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(480)899-5013
1155 W Chandler Blvd
Chandler, AZ
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(480)775-6404
1330 W Baseline Road
Tempe, AZ
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

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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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