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Shaper or Router Table? Muskego WI

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
(414)304-1024
6489 S 27th Street
Franklin, WI
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(414)329-1366
11071 W National
West Allis, WI
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(262)717-0344
2320 W Bluemound Rd
Waukesha, WI
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Kettle Moraine Hardwoods
(262) 835-9212
195 S 27th Street
Caledonia, WI

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The Home Depot
(414)481-8770
150 West Holt Avenue
Milwaukee, WI
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Woodcraft - Milwaukee/New Berlin, WI
(262) 785-6770
14115 W. Greenfield Avenue
New Berlin, WI

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Boehm-Madisen Lumber Co.
(262) 544-4660
N16 W22100 Jericho Dr.
Waukesha, WI

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The Home Depot
(262)363-7141
232 E Wolf Run
Mukwonago, WI
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-9:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware #7
(414) 774-1882
845 N. Mayfair Rd
Milwaukee (Wauwatosa), WI

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The Home Depot
(414)353-5471
4100 North 124th St
Wauwatosa, WI
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-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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