|Forum topic by tommytenspeed||posted 02-02-2013 07:19 PM||1437 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
02-02-2013 07:19 PM
I have been making raised panel interior doors with a 3 hp router and having problems with it being under powered so I decided to purchase a shaper, a 3hp Fox Shop.
I am new to shapers so there are a few things I am finding confusing.
First of all, while most of the cutters I am finding on-line, such as those used to prep the stiles and rails for raised panel door frames, cut in a counter clockwise direction (requiring the stock to be fed right to left), all of the raised panel cutters I’m finding have the carbide cutting surfaces on the opposite side of the cutter head requiring a clockwise spin on the cutter with a resulting feed direction of left to right. Why would the raised panel cutter cut in the opposite direction?
Secondly, the raised panel cutters I am finding are all very large (5 inches in diameter). The cutter I used with my router was about 3 inches in diameter and gave me a profile I liked. I am not sure (since I have yet to cut anything with this new shaper) if I am going to like the profile produced with this larger head. Also, in order to use these large cutters to cut on the bottom of the panel blanks I have to remove all the inserts from the table leaving a very large hole. This would not be much of a problem with a 12 or 15 inch wide cabinet door but the raised panels on a 24 inch interior door are only 6-8 inches wide.
Any help would be appreciated.