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The Nehls End Workshop #8: I just have to love my Brother in-law

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Blog entry by Gregn posted 775 days ago 939 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well fellow Lumberjocks, I just had to tell you that about my trip to Colorado this last week.
I hadn’t had a chance to get to know my BIL until my trip to their home. I went to bring back my two nephews to help with some yard projects. So I got to spend some time with my BIL and get to know each other.

Anyway, He took me into his toy room out in the garage. Not being a woodworker he had some pretty neat tools none the less. While we were talking he pulled out a box and handed it to me and said I could use it more than he ever would. Here’s what was in the box.


I was wondering if anyone has used these products and what your opinion is and if the single cutter molding works as good as the 3 cutter molding heads?

All in all I’m sure they will be put to good use in the shop.

I won’t go into all the other goodies with the exception of a tachometer that you can use to check the rpm’s of motors and belts on my machines.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg



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patron

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#1 posted 775 days ago

nice haul greg

i’ve used the dadoes
and the molding cutters

you want to have a good saw for them
and a dado insert for them

the hold downs look good

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Gregn

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#2 posted 775 days ago

Thanks David,

The pictures are from the net. The set was bought by his father who never used them for some reason. They are all in their original packaging.

How is the cut with the single cutter molding head? I’m thinking that it will take a slow rate of feed to get a fairly smooth cut.

I thought the hold downs looked good as well, in fact the spring hold downs are still taped together yet with the factory tape to hold them together for shipping.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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oluf

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#3 posted 775 days ago

I used the molding cutters on my radial arm saw before I got my shaper. I mounted the cutter and turned the motor 90 degreea so the cutter was running horozontal. I made a auxallary rizer platform and fence to give clearence for the motor shaft. I always did the profiles in multiple passes and the work came out very well. Just a lot slower than the shaper.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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nomercadies

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#4 posted 775 days ago

I have the dado blade set and the one blade molding head. The dado blade set is mucho nice, but you have to be careful with the single blade molding head. It is easy, if you feed too fast, go have the darn thing slam into the wood and everythng goes to Hades. Shallow depth and slow feed is best.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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Gregn

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#5 posted 775 days ago

Thanks guys,
Your confirming my thoughts about the molding head.
I plan to use the molding head on the table saw, although you never know I use the RAS quite a bit.

Oluf, I was thinking I would have to do something like a platform for the same reason you stated.

nomercadies, Glad to hear your’e pleased with the dado set. I had been wanting to upgrade from the cheap one that I have. That was one of my fears as well with just one cutter blade. Would you say a 16th to and 8th of and inch would be a good depth of cut to start with?

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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nomercadies

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#6 posted 774 days ago

I have the three head unit too, so my best thoughts are to use the three instead of the one. I keep the one because it was my father’s. If I was still using it, I would start with just contacting the wood until you get a feel for it. The size of the unit demands you use the wide insert on the table top so trying to do small pieces is very dangerous. If the stock tips up the one head will catch it. I bet if you look over the information on the net you will find lots of people that are afraid of this cutter. If there is something about the wood you are using that is a surprise, it is better to find out about it with a pass that is very shallow. I am not sure I would be brave enough to go deeper than an 8th. If there is a weakness in the wood the one cutter may snap it off and start devouring and spewing things … not to scare you or anything.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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chrisstef

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#7 posted 774 days ago

I think we’ve all inherited that molder head, it scares the crap out of me honestly. Ive run it a few times with pine and it cut well but definately stand back when it gets goin. I also have the same hold down still in the box that i got after my uncle had passed and its still in the box, maybe one day ill attach it to somethin.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#8 posted 774 days ago

The RAS is nice if you are making moldings or frame stock. You shape the two edges on wide boards. They are much safer to handle. Take them to the table saw and rip off to the finished size. Go back to the RAS and shape two more edges. The one cutter does not like thin stock at all unless you have it backed up with a heavy guide rail.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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nomercadies

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#9 posted 774 days ago

oluf is absolutely right.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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Gshepherd

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#10 posted 774 days ago

Now that is going to cost you mere thousands of dollars cause now your going to have to buy more woodworking tools…... RAS sounds in order….... Once you get the bug you can not get rid of it only feed it….. now when he comes to visit you need to do a cool project to pass on the joy…....

As to your question if a single moulding head vs a 3 head cutter…. The 3 head or even 2 head will be better, the 2nd or 3rd cutter will help merely getting the chips out of the way and of course it will be more balanced and easier on your spindles,bearings…... I have a ton of those cutters you have and a head which accepts two of those type cutters. When doing mouldings, the longest knife determins the finish quality. Only way to have both cutters cut the same is having a jointed machine. Now were talking big big bucks….....

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#11 posted 774 days ago

Nice BIL, now you have to make something nice for him! He seems like one to have on your good side!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Gregn

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#12 posted 774 days ago

Thanks all for confirming what was going through my mind.
Oluf, I had that very same thought.
Gshepard, I have the RAS already. This just adds to the goodies.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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