Shaper Origin

Saturday, February 11, 2023
Presented by: John Armenia
2000 Park Manor Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Virtual Meeting Available

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Date: February 11, 2023

9:00 AM: Rockler’s doors will open and the coffee will be started!

~9:25 AM: Coffee (the coffee should be done by now!) and Donuts

9:50 AM: Club business

10:00 AM: Presentation

12:00 PM: Meeting Ends

Virtual Meeting Option Available

You’ll now see the virtual meeting information above. We believe that we will be able to stream this meeting live via Webex. However, we may have inconsistent internet access at Rockler and the stream quality may be degraded. We will be recording a separate video to post on the site in the next few weeks.

For a few years now, many of us have seen this new “router” with a funny name, Shaper Origin, which didn’t sound like a router. A quick inspection while walking by it in the store revealed serious capabilities, but with a significant price when compared to a router. Stopping there with your review of this tool, however, would be a mistake, as the Shaper Origin is unlike any “router” we’ve ever seen before. 

Please Join us as John Armenia, the Eastern US regional sales manager for Shaper, will talk about and demonstrate the wide range of applications of the Shaper Origin. Although it resembles a router, this machine has CNC capabilities without the need for a large machine—essentially, it’s a hand-held CNC machine. Its capabilities include precise and rapid inlays, cutting curved materials precisely, precision complex joinery, and routing. With an additional workstation, you can make complex angled mortises and tenons and variations of dovetail joints, such as double dovetails and unusual Isoloc and Knapp joints.

If you’d like to get a head start on learning about the Shaper Origin, here’s a link to their website with some interesting videos to whet your appetite…that said, there’s nothing like physically seeing a tool in action to get a sense of what it can do. 

Please note that this presentation will be at the Rockler store and will start at 10:00 a.m. sharp. John will be flying in from out of state specifically for this meeting, so a good showing of WPW members would be greatly appreciated by our friends at Rockler. This program will also be “advertised” to Rockler’s mailing lists, so it should be a lively group with many questions for John. Even if you don’t see yourself as a likely customer for a product like this, come and join your fellow members for a remote-location meeting. As usual, coffee and donuts will be served. There are only a limited number of chairs at Rockler, so if you feel like you’d like to sit for the presentation, please plan on bringing a folding chair; you’re welcome to take one of the WPW’s chairs home if you attend the January meeting, and then simply bring it back for the March meeting.

About the Presenter

John Armenia