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VIDEO—Workstation Lets Shaper Self-guided Router Cut Perfect Box Joints

San Francisco, CA—Shaper Tools, which makes and markets Origin—a handheld self-guiding router that is essentially a “portable CNC”—will feature its Workstation system at IWF 2022, among other developments from this sister firm of Festool.

Shaper Tools’ (Booth A10630) Origin is a mobile, intuitively operable hand-held router that is digitally controlled, allowing the user to perform complex milling tasks easily, quickly, and without templates. Because it is hand-held, it can handle any workpiece, regardless of the size and shape.

Shaper Tools Origin router on the Workstation.

Computer vision technology that tracks the tool’s position on the workpiece, and an automatic position-correction system that adjusts the position of the cutting bit to precisely follow a digital design, is at the heart of the Origin. It’s an enormous facilitation for the user, who guides the machine while Origin automatically positions the cutting tool to the precise milling pattern.

Since the last IWF, Shaper released its Workstation, which creates a platform that maximizes the performance of the Origin. IWF 2022 will be the first opportunity for many woodworkers to see Origin work in combination with its new Workstation, listed among the 2022 Challengers Awards entrants.

The vertical and horizontal workholding capabilities of Workstation lets woodworkers cut perfect mortise and tenon joinery. It cuts tenons at any angle from 0° to 45° with confidence, virtually eliminating tear-out on tenons and it cuts tenons with dead flat shoulders for tight-fitting seams. Combined with Origin’s Box Joint Basic Extension, the Workstation cuts precise box joints with fast and reliable 90° registration every time.


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