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Hi guys, I am fairly new to the router. I have made a few raised panels for kitchen repairs and on a baby cradle I recently built. All in all they turned out OK. I do have some questions so I can improve.
I am getting ready to build my new cherry kitchen for my wife and want to make sure everything goes smooth.
1) I currently have a small table top shaper and in the process of putting a plan together for a router table. What router do you recommed?
2) My shaper only runs at one speed and my new set up will be variable speed. How do I know what speed to run at? Is there like a general rule of thumb here?
3) Any suggestions on the height of the table?

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The wider, bigger, heavier the bit the slower the RPM. I suggest going with a 3hp motor, some panel bits get up to 3 1/2" wide, (lotsa torque) even if you aren't going to use a big one this time maybe somewhere down the road you will.
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I agree with Ronald. You can do it with a 2-1/4hp router but it will work harder than the 3-1/4hp router will with cherry & other hardwoods. I would buy the larger router. You can get them at reasonable prices & the difference is not that much more.


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Up to 1" 22,000 - 24,000 rpm
1" to 2" 18,000 - 22,000 rpm
2" to 2-1/2" 12,000 - 16,000 rpm
2-1/2" to 3-1/2" 8,000 - 12,000 rpm

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Hi Larry

1. that's a real hard one
2. it's always best to run a test on the stock, some will burn at low speed and some will burn at high speed,the router has voice and will tell you what it needs to do a good job and a safe job..
3. if you walk around your shop with a ruler and check what you have now and make the new table the same...the router table makes a great support table for other equipment or the other way around if you do long stock now and then.
Router tables take up a big foot print in the shop but they can be used in other ways, once the fence is off and the router is dropped down and out of the way..most have a pocket hole in them that other tools can be dropped in place just like the router on a plate..


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Hi guys, I am fairly new to the router. I have made a few raised panels for kitchen repairs and on a baby cradle I recently built. All in all they turned out OK. I do have some questions so I can improve.
I am getting ready to build my new cherry kitchen for my wife and want to make sure everything goes smooth.
1) I currently have a small table top shaper and in the process of putting a plan together for a router table. What router do you recommed?
2) My shaper only runs at one speed and my new set up will be variable speed. How do I know what speed to run at? Is there like a general rule of thumb here?
3) Any suggestions on the height of the table?



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Hey Larry... sounds like you've got a bit of an adventure ahead of ya *S*...

Just my personnel opinions here...

Router... Milwaukee 5625/PC 7518 both big dawgs, both with a solid reputation. I've got the Milwaukee and love it, the PC speaks for itself. However, there are plenty of others to pick from, Comes down to your price range, any personnel preferences and whats available. The Porter Cable is by far the more popular choice..

James gave ya the scoop on speeds.. play around with some scrap pieces first to get an idea.

Table height is what ever is comfortable for you...
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James, you're spot on but I offer one disclaimer. Speed guidelines are for use assuming others are not provided by the bit manufacturer. Each bit has an "optimal" speed, partially dependent upon the wood being cut. Since it sounds like you'll be cutting quite a bit of wood, if you tune in to how the bit is cutting and how the router / bit sounds during the cuts, you can fine-tune it to the best results. After a while you'll just "know" because it'll "feel right". Still, limit yourself to the manufacturers recommendations since it is also subject to the manufacturer's materials, manufacturing techniques and bit geometry.


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I agree with Ronald. You can do it with a 2-1/4hp router but it will work harder than the 3-1/4hp router will with cherry & other hardwoods. I would buy the larger router. You can get them at reasonable prices & the difference is not that much more.


Router Bit Diameter Maximum Speed
Up to 1" 22,000 - 24,000 rpm
1" to 2" 18,000 - 22,000 rpm
2" to 2-1/2" 12,000 - 16,000 rpm
2-1/2" to 3-1/2" 8,000 - 12,000 rpm

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Thanks to all.
You have been very helpful and I am sure I'll have many more questions once this project gets into full swing.

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