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The Shaper Origin looks like a router but acts like a CNC.

Up to now, CNCs were large, heavy, complicated tools that take up a lot of space in a shop. The Shaper Origin is something quite different. It’s a hand-held, easy-to-use CNC that you take to your work instead of the other way around. I had the opportunity to try one of the prototypes in 2016 and, now that the Origin is ready to go, it’s time for a review.

Facts: Price $2,399 – but you may be able to preorder for $2,199. The kit includes a Festool developed spindle, a Festool compatable system case, three bits, two rolls of ShaperTape and a year’s subscription to AutoDesk Fusion 360. You can purchase additional 150’ rolls of ShaperTape for $18 each.

Perfect patterns make perfect parts. For an upcoming Popular Woodworking article on building the Greene and Greene Blacker Entry Mirror, I used the Origin to make patterns.


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