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#1 posted 06-07-2011 01:24 AM

We run a shaper for our doors, and the cutters from MLCS are what we primarily use. Their shipping is free but slow. They are great quality and have never had a shaper cutter or router bit come apart on us. One of our panel bits from back in 2008 is just now showing signs of becoming dull. They have three knives per cutter for the shaper cutters and I have been very happy with the quality that we have gotten. Running the bit you want to run, I would not advise using a router table. Unless you have a souped up router table that is built very strong with some extra weight and power under the table. The problem I think most simple router tables would find would be “chatter”. If the router table is not stout or powerfull enough, you will get a lot of chatter in the cut and the profile will end up requiring a lot of sanding which is not all that easy to do when you have a detailed profile you need to sand while keeping all sanding efforts even. Profile sanding can be very tricky and difficult so the best idea is to ensure the cutter is strong and up to the task so that you don’t have to worry about any sanding. We build a lot of raised panel doors with our shaper, and have also added a 7.5 hp molding machine and I plan on purchasing some knives for mitered doors similar to the one you pictured soon.

For the cost of knives, maple and shipping we could probably run the stile material for you and ship it.

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