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Good day all, new to woodworking. I am interested in making a few raised panels doors, but the quantity don't justify investing in a big router. I am looking at buying the Milwaukee 2.25hp 5616-21. Can this survive making the raised panel doors using a 3" diameter bit? I will remove some of the wood using a table saw by cutting an angle and will make several passes. Thanks for any feedback.
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Hello and welcome to the router forum.
Sure no problem you just need to cut the profile in steps, three pass should do nicely!
if your router has speed control you need to slow the router speed down.
10000 rpm or less on 3" bit

I Persume that you are using a router table,

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I believe you can make it work by taking a LOT of very light cuts. HOWEVER, a router table is a must-have. And it can't be one of those bench-top aluminium tables that sell for $100-$200. The hole in the top won't be big enough for your raised-panel bit. And you'll need a rail/stile set in addition to your raised panel bit. You're getting into some serious money for a couple of raised-panel doors if this is not going to be a continuing hobby.

Now, if woodworking is going to be something you continue to do, then you'll never regret the money you spend on a 3.25 HP router, even if you never make any more raised panel doors. You can get a Triton TRA001 for only about $50 more than the Milwaukee you're looking at. It's a little big for hand-held use, and you'll want smaller router too someday. But it will be the right tool for the job at hand.

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Hello and welcome to the forum. I'd call you by name, but I don't know it.

I have cut raised panels with the Bosch 1617 EVSPK which is 2 1/4hp rated. I ran it at it's slowest speed and may several passes cutting a little more each time until I got the result I was looking for. I would think you could achieve the same results with your router.

Some of the doors were poplar and some were hard maple. UGH! Obviously, two different projects.
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Welcome to the forum triple D. As stated yes you can and you must use that bit with a router table. Doors are fairly heavy and there is a lot of stress on the joints. How were you planning on joining rails to stiles and how familiar are you with frame and panel construction?

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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I am using a 2HP router with a 4" cutter to make raised panels in MDF, which is notoriously tough on the cutter/router.
Turn the speed down to around 12,000RPM and take it steady, don't push too hard. It works fine.
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Also, search for Woodwhisperer on YouTube.

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The other option you have is to use a VERTICAL panel raising bit, as demonstrated here:
The bit shown here is only one of many available. You can also make them using your table saw and a tall fence to hold the panel vertical. Usually a table saw leaves marks that must be sanded out.

It all depends upon what equipment you have to work with.

I also agree with Andy... you won't regret purchasing a powerful router. I've got this one: Milwaukee router and, while there are certainly other options available, this one works VERY well IMHO.
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Thanks alot guys. I will be using a router table with it.
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I can't say if it will or won't but the Hitachi M12ve 3 1/4 will and looking at Amazon appears to cost less.
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I agree with the other comments made. You will need to make multiple passes even with soft wood. If you only need a couple of doors, then you would be cheaper to buy them. I recently was crunch for time and bought four poplar doors for less than $100. You have a lot more than that tied up in just one, if that is all you plan to make.
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