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Forum topic by rnels21 posted 12-31-2018 07:32 PM 678 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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rnels21

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12-31-2018 07:32 PM

Hi,
I’m new here and have a question about router horsepower. I have a
1-3/4 HP now but don’t know if that is powerful enough for cope cutting (stile & rail). I do the raised panel cuts on the table saw, so don’t need the router for that. Always used a shaper in the past, but don’t have that anymore. Anyone with some knowledge on this ? Thanks

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#1 posted 12-31-2018 08:17 PM

All depends on the size bit/cope you’ll be using. I’ve used my old PC 1 3/4 hp for smaller stuff in oak without probs.
The wood also makes a difference.

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#2 posted 12-31-2018 08:33 PM

A 1.5 hp router is a little light in the hp department for many cope and stick joints, but you should be able to do some profiles with a series of light cuts. As Bill said, wood density will affect your cuts too, but again, that also is affected by the profiles you are trying to cut. A 2.5 hp router would work better, and a PC 3.25 hp router would cut all the joints that you throw at it. Work Safely, Have Fun and Good Luck!

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#3 posted 01-10-2019 12:55 PM



Hi,
I’m new here and have a question about router horsepower. I have a
1-3/4 HP now but don’t know if that is powerful enough for cope cutting (stile & rail). I do the raised panel cuts on the table saw, so don’t need the router for that. Always used a shaper in the past, but don’t have that anymore. Anyone with some knowledge on this ? Thanks

- rnels21

There is no reason why your router cannot do this work. 1 3/4 hp is a reasonably powerful router. Still, do not plunge to full depth, or expect to cut the full depth, in one hit. Take it deeper progressively. It is slower, but very doable.

Regards from Perth

Derek

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#4 posted 01-10-2019 02:54 PM

It should do the job. You can always take it in a couple passes, which isn’t a bad practice anyway with rail and stile bits – reduces tear out along the groove.

If you decide to use a raised panel bit, take it in 3 or 4 passes, or, do an initial cut on the tablesaw just to remove material.

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