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Shaper Cutter Setup Instructions #1: Freud Cabinet Shaper UC-900 Stile and Rail Setup Help

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Blog entry by TedRWorkshop posted 518 days ago 3649 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The Instructions that come with this set is very generic. I searched you tube to see if I could find a video that shows how to put the stile and rail cutters together. I am like most who learn better watching then trying to decipher written instructions. Unfortunately, Youtube came up empty. Does anyone have any hints, tips or experienced based suggestions that could help me?



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jat

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#1 posted 518 days ago

At Finewoodworking.com, there is an article called “Frame and Panel Doors Made Easy” by Michael Pekovich. He clearly shows the setup for rail and stile bits. Hope that helps.

There is also an article by Richard Babbit called “Cope and Stick Tricks” at Finewoodworking.com where he very clearly shows how to set the bits for stiles, rails and panels.

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#2 posted 507 days ago

Ted,
I do own the Freud UC900 set – actually I bought the components separately. I have a fair amount of experience with the EC260 Style and Rail Set; with the UC209 raised panel cutter; and the UC230 undercutter.

I use a ShopFox W1674, 2 hp shaper that I purchased through Grizzly.

I apologize that I just discovered your entry. I suspect that by now you have probably experimented and have answered most of your questions for yourself. However, if you still want some information I do have a couple of short videos of my setting up the cutters. I also know that at first I had some concerns as to how I would safely control the stock on the shaper. I learned some techniques so that now I am very comfortable using the shaper to make raised panel doors. So, holler back if you’d like some thoughts from me.

Gary

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#3 posted 506 days ago

Gary, your videos would probably help. How do I access them?

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#4 posted 506 days ago

Ted,

I have loaded some short video clips to youtube.com as unlisted videos. To access them, go to the following links:
http://youtu.be/L1rLmxJlINc

http://youtu.be/yTx7kvTGrd8

http://youtu.be/McMPwIB6xGk

http://youtu.be/cv5I-c8BiC8

http://youtu.be/uS77GG039yc

I made these when I was first using the cutters as a reminder to myself as to my setup, since I only use the shaper to make raised panel doors every now and then.

One of the videos shows a jig I made to hold down and protect myself from the big cutter when cutiing the raised panel. It is essentially a hold down box with a plexiglass top, so you can see the cutter operation while staying safely away from the cutter. Before I used this jig, I was afraid of the shaper. I had read a lot of stories that said one needed a power feeder to safely cut raised panels, but I didn’t want to go for the cost and complexity of a power feeder with my small shaper and my only on-and-off need to make raised panel doors. I found the design for this jig in a shaper book I purchased. If you are interested in details on this jig, let me know.

Since my shaper is only two hp, I didn’t try to raise the panels in a single pass. Instead, I did each panel with about three passes to raise the panel, followed by a single pass with the undercutter. The cuts all went very smoothly, so I think I could have used fewer passes, but I haven’t tried.

The video showing the “board buddies” – the green hold-down rolllers – is also worth a comment. You can find these by doing a web search. I found them to work great and help a lot when shaping the rails and styles.

Let me know if I can answer any specific questions.

Gary

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