Category Archives: Shaper Cutters

Table Saw and Router / Shaper Table Machine Setup Made Simple

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Over the years, I’ve tried many different ways to set up a machine correctly. The available tools to do so and techniques that accompany them are quite dizzying. I break it down into two levels; machine calibration and machine setup. Calibration is usually an hour+ process involving calipers, machinist squares, and a bit of harsh language. Thankfully I only put myself through that once every few months. Machine setup on the other hand is something we do pretty much every … click to read more

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Improving the Human Power Feeder

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There are many important factors on getting a nice, clean cut at the router table or shaper. Cutter design, flute direction, spindle horsepower, size and depth of cut, workpiece control (featherboards and hold downs), grain direction, and machine calibration just to name a few. I was reminded of another factor the other day when I was milling parts for cabinet doors on the shaper. I noticed the edge along the panel groove of my stile was getting some tear out. … click to read more

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Wide Range of High Quality Tooling

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It’s time to build some new high quality cabinets for the shop. click to read more

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Router Table vs Shaper

One of the big frustrations with folks who initially get into woodworking is, “what machines do I start with?” Slider vs traditional table saw? Combo machines vs. standalone? Router table vs shaper? With such large purchases, the stakes of getting the correct machine that fits their needs are high. The debate between shaper vs. router table is a common one (and one that will rage on long after this is written). But it certainly helps to make a better decision … click to read more

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Shortcuts and Shaper Cutters

There is a saying that the shoe maker’s wife goes shoeless. If you haven’t heard that before, you are a better husband than I. My wife seems to remind me every once in a while. It seems that work is work and home is where you don’t work, or at least try not to. As a home owner, we find little things need to be maintained and fixed every now and then. Perhaps a light bulb needs to be changed, … click to read more

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Raised Panel Doors: Table Saw, Router, or Shaper?

Creating raised panel doors can be done in a number of ways. For the most basic, you can use the table saw with a few passes and a tilt of the blade. This will give a flat profile. But the table saw is limited, and it can’t give you much of a complex profile. For a more complex profile with a bit more machining, use a router table with a paneling bit. You can achieve a professional look with an … click to read more

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Do-It-Yourself Beautiful Hardwood Floors Using Tongue and Groove Joints

After many years of having a hardwood floor, one can experience all types of damage. Whether it is light starched, gouges, water damage, boards lifting up…etc. Kids especially put a lot of wear and tear on hardwood floors. There was one customer I had that lived in an old colonial home in central NJ; a historical and very well-kept beautiful home. The kitchen cabinets were made from old cherry with a gorgeous patina which showed that it lived a very … click to read more

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How a Router and Router Bits Help with Field Work

Boy scouts and carpenters have something very much in common. When they are out in the field, they aim to “always be prepared”. As a child I was in the boy scouts and learned that sometimes you just can’t predict when you will need something. So the next lesson learned is to improvise. As a carpenter, we are often in the field when we realize that we either forgot something back in the shop, or, as we all do sometimes, … click to read more

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