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Shaper or Router Table? Woonsocket RI

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.

Barrette's LLC
(860) 928-9373
129 Robbins Road
Thompson, CT

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Lowe's
(401) 769-0471
2010 Diamond Hill Road
Woonsocket, RI
Hours
M-SA 6 am - 10 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

Leeway True Value Hardware
(401) 765-2222
790 Great Rd
North Smithfield, RI
 
Daddario Hardware
(508) 541-6900
528 West Central St
Franklin, MA
 
Noble Hardware & Plumbing True Value
(508) 695-7888
605 E Washington St
North Attleboro, MA
 
Vose True Value Hdw.
(401) 762-4343
849 Cumberland Hill Rd
Woonsocket, RI
 
Walnut Hill Plz
(401) 767-8400
1500 Diamond Hill Rd
Woonsocket, RI
Store Hours
Sears Stores
Store Type
Sears Stores
Hours
Mon:10-21
Tue:10-21
Wed:10-21
Thu:10-21
Fri:10-21
Sat:8-21
Sun:9-18
Store Features
Mon:10-21
Tue:10-21
Wed:10-21
Thu:10-21
Fri:10-21
Sat:8-21
Sun:9-18

Lowe's
(508) 809-2912
201 Washington Street
Plainville, MA
Hours
M-SA 6 am - 10 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

Lowe's
(508) 643-1044
1360 S. Washington Street
North Attleboro, MA
Hours
M-SA 6 am - 10 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

Emerald Sq Mall
(508) 699-5155
1009 S Washington St
N Attleboro, MA
Store Hours
Sears Stores
Store Type
Sears Stores
Hours
Mon:10-21
Tue:10-21
Wed:10-21
Thu:10-21
Fri:10-21
Sat:8-21
Sun:9-18.5
Store Features
Mon:10-21
Tue:10-21
Wed:10-21
Thu:10-21
Fri:10-21
Sat:8-21
Sun:9-18.5

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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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