Raised Panel Doors: Table Saw, Router, or Shaper?

Creating raised panel doors can be done in a number of ways. For the most basic, you can use the table saw with a few passes and a tilt of the blade. This will give a flat profile. But the table saw is limited, and it can’t give you much of a complex profile. For a more complex profile with a bit more machining, use a router table with a paneling bit. You can achieve a professional look with an ornate profile. The limitations of the router can be the workload. For instance, what type of wood is one milling and for how long is the machine running for? A router is designed for smaller work and to be used for a limited time.

The best option for created raised panels is through the use of the shaper. A shaper is much more powerful than a router and is meant for prolonged work. It is an industrial tool. The shaper cutters are great. One can switch and replace heavy duty cutters which have a long life span. The shaper is very powerful which, combined with sharp cutters will enable you to cut clean profiles in some of the hardest of woods.

The issue with purchasing a shaper is not only the cost but the need to purchase multiple cutters. With such a powerful and sometimes very expensive machine, it is only as good as the quality and the variety of cutters you have available. One thing is clear: purchase cutters for specific jobs. For instance, do you know there are an unlimited number of raised panel profiles? Imagine purchasing all of these cutters and then finding that just 5 of them are popular and chosen by your client. It’s best to have your client choose what profile they want first and then order the cutter, while building this fee into the cost of the project.

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