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Forum topic by Philip posted 08-13-2011 07:15 AM 1751 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2011 07:15 AM

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I have recently been looking for ways to get the most bang for my buck when it comes to tools. I have seen that a drill press can have attachments to make it a hollow-mortiser or drum sander. Would it be possible to use it as a shaper? It seems like a piece can be cut close to the line, then cut with the piece riding on a template.

Is the drill press not strong enough to handle that kind of work? Would a beefy router be better? Why would someone shell out the expense for a shaper if a big router can essentially do the same thing?

Any enlightenment is appreciated.

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#1 posted 08-13-2011 08:13 AM


No, you cannot use a drill press as a shaper. First, it doesn’t spin fast enough, so that eliminates any other concerns of which I’m sure there are many. It does fine as a mortiser (Grizzly has a complete kit for about $50. Very satisfied with mine) As a drum sander, not so well. For less than what you spend on drums, a kit to stabilize the bottom of the drum (Lee Valley), you can buy a Harbor Freight oscillating drum sander (95088) that does a amazing job, hooks up to a shop vac for dust control, and can be had on sale for about $80.

For profiling, a good router is the tool. Look at for every brand worth having. Recon is a valid and safe way to extend your buying dollar. By the way, I have one drill press and seven routers. Hope this helps.


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#2 posted 08-13-2011 09:16 AM

I use mine with a drum sander, a Wagner safety planer, as a clamp, a vertical lathe. I have made a good table that supports my work and has a cut out for my collection of drum sanders, which have not yey ruined the bearings.

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#3 posted 08-13-2011 09:50 AM

Most shapers (besides small benchtop models), are far more powerful than any router. They are typically powered with an induction motor and drive belt and produced way more torque than the universal motors in a router. That said, much larger cutters can be used on a shaper. In fact, multiple cutters can be used simultaneously on a shaper. Neither are necessarily advantageous to the casual woodworker. But in a production setting, such as when large amounts of custom trim need to be made, a router would be the wrong tool for the job.

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