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Posted on Considering swapping my shaper for a router table

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#1 posted 04-03-2019 02:32 AM

The need hardly arises for custom shaper cutters. I made some casings for my house to match my historic originals. And one small for a customer at an antique shop to replicate a missing piece. Aside from that, all my cabinet and passage door work has been with router bits. I don t do cope and stick, but typically do a mitered sticking with Domino joint. So all I need is a profile bit of choice. I cut the groove with a dado blade or slot bit.

- Ben

I would say you wouldn’t miss the shaper if you went with the router table.

I do all of the things you are discussing with my shapers, using stock off the shelf heads / knives. However I powerfeed almost everything.

There are many benefits to a shaper over a router table, but its a different process with different setups.

As an aside, these are all stock off the shelf $14 and under (euroblock/pin/40mm) knives. Cheaper than router bits, and generally leave a finish ready surface. They typically last for about 1000 to 3000 lineal feet before they need sharpened/honed or replaced

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