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We just bought our first house and I want to step up my woodworking abilities which is limited by the tools I own. I want to make a small buffet for my wife (our house has limited cabinets). I currently own a 2.25hp router. Is this enough to make raised panel cabinet doors, or do I really need to invest in a 3+hp router. Any help on this or bit brands would be great (most of my tools are from lowes and sears).
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It is my understanding that if you use the vertical panel bits, that the 2.25hp would be enough. I'm sure some more knowledgeable members will chime in, though.
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Your 2 1/4 will do it for one project if you take light cuts with it but if you plan to do a bunch really a 3HP model is best. You want a good one and there are lots of them from Bosch, Dewalt, Triton, Milwaukee etc.

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Your 2 1/4 will do it for one project if you take light cuts with it but if you plan to do a bunch really a 3HP model is best. You want a good one and there are lots of them from Bosch, Dewalt, Triton, Milwaukee etc.

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As Corey has noted, take multiple passes. You've got a decent sized router. It will do more than you think.

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Hi jsilvia

Just to add to what the others have said

SPEED,,,you will need to get the speed of the bit down to make panels doors..

Some routers come with a speed control build in and some need a speed control device add on..

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Hello, this is my first post...

We just bought our first house and I want to step up my woodworking abilities which is limited by the tools I own. I want to make a small buffet for my wife (our house has limited cabinets). I currently own a 2.25hp router. Is this enough to make raised panel cabinet doors, or do I really need to invest in a 3+hp router. Any help on this or bit brands would be great (most of my tools are from lowes and sears).



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