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Shaper or Router Table? Middleburg FL

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
(904)589-9516
1575 Branan Field Road
Middleburg, FL
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(904)269-3117
1919 Wells Rd
Orange Park, FL
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(904)781-6208
855 Lane Ave South
Jacksonville, FL
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Lowe's
(904) 589-3022
1700 Blanding Boulevard
Middleburg, FL
Hours
M-TH 6 am - 9 pm
FRI-SA 6 am - 10 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

Hagan Ace Hardware
(904) 272-1414
1022 Blanding Blvd
Orange Park, FL
 
The Home Depot
(904)541-0114
1575 County Road 220
Orange Park, FL
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(904)771-3228
9751 Crosshill Blvd
Jacksonville, FL
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Lowe's of Middlebury
904-589-3022
1700 Blanding Blvd Middlebury, FL, 32068
Middlebury, FL
 
Hagan Ace Hardware
(904) 282-1613
2620 Blanding Blvd
Middleburg, FL
 
Lowe's
(904) 682-7667
2285 Kingsley Avenue
Orange Park, FL
Hours
M-TH 7 am - 9 pm
FRI 6 am - 10 pm
SA 6 am - 9 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

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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