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Shaper or Router Table? Stafford VA

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
(540)657-6478
305 Worth Road
Stafford, VA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(540)785-8871
5771 Plank Road
Fredericksburg, VA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Sears Home Appliance Showroom
(540) 720-6080
1475 Stafford Market Place
Stafford, VA
Store Hours
Hometown Dealers
Store Type
Hometown Dealers
Hours
Mon:10-21
Tue:10-21
Wed:10-21
Thu:10-21
Fri:10-21
Sat:10-21
Sun:11-19
Store Features
Mon:10-21
Tue:10-21
Wed:10-21
Thu:10-21
Fri:10-21
Sat:10-21
Sun:11-19

Lowe's
(540) 371-2686
299 Banks Ford Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA
Hours
M-SA 6 am - 10 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

LOWE'S OF FREDERICKSBURG, VA.
540 786-9050
1361 CARL D. SILVER PKWY FREDERICKSBURG, VA, 22401
Fredericksburg, VA
 
The Home Depot
(540)368-0515
1201 Gateway Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(703)670-3699
14025 Foulger Square
Woodbridge, VA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Lowe's
(540) 242-6000
1330 Stafford Market Place
Stafford, VA
Hours
M-SA 6 am - 10 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

Lowe's
(540) 786-9050
1361 Carl D. Silver Pkwy
Fredericksburg, VA
Hours
M-SA 6 am - 10 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

Mid Atlantic Fasteners- Fredericksburg
540-371-9206
1319 Lafayette Blvd Fredericksburg, VA, 22401
Fredericksburg, VA
 

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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