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Shaper issues #1: Making crown molding with a shaper

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Blog entry by Brandon posted 12-04-2007 03:42 AM 7998 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After installing my new Amana 962 Crown Molding Shaper Cutter in my new Shop Fox 2 hp shaper, I was pretty fired up about making some saw dust and beautiful crown. After trying several different hold down techniques I could not get a single piece of salvageable crown molding. I decided to give up for the day. Today I went out after calling Shop Fox and decided to give it a try again. The guy at Shop Fox was non commital in giving me solid adivise, but he did mention making a jig which could help.

My crown stock is 2’’ x 3/4’’. So I made a jig with that exact space inside so the stock could slide through the opening and be fully supported the length of my shaper. I clamped the top of the jig on each side of the fence, and the bottom to the shaper table. This also aided with another issue of keeping the fence from moving. I must say it was alittle bit of a bear to feed the stock through, in fact my shoulder is a little sore. But the results are good. I must say I was surprised that this technique worked. It was certainly cheaper than buying a power feeder. However this brings me to a question. Is there a better way to run this trim. I would not mind getting a power feeder in the future, but I am very naive in this area. Can u guys make some recommendations.

-- With God all things are possible. Matt 20:26



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#1 posted 12-04-2007 04:03 AM

Send a message to Lee Jesberger He uses a shaper in his shop. But he has a power feed.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#2 posted 12-04-2007 04:20 AM

Karson, how do I do that I just started this site yesterday, I am alittle weak. Help.

-- With God all things are possible. Matt 20:26

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#3 posted 12-04-2007 04:36 AM

delta, you could make you a fairly thick featherboard to hold the stock against the fence tightly for you…One from the side And top if you wanted…They’re quick to make on your bandsaw and just clamp em in place.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#4 posted 12-04-2007 04:41 AM

I’m assuming youre running the piece 2” tall. A power feeder isnt much good on pushing a 3/4” surface where the knives will prob cut into by the rollers. What you really need is the shopfox mini moulder…but the shaper will work fine as long as you can keep the wood snug to the guide.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#5 posted 12-04-2007 04:49 AM

Delta. Click Here Lee and then click send a message under his picture. Give him your question and he’ll reply. If you want tell him I sent you. That will get me in more trouble.

Good luck.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#6 posted 12-04-2007 04:50 AM

try doing multiple passes on the shaper, taking a little bit off at a time instead of doing the whole profile in one pass. You might also try some of that “dry” spray on lubricant….........works for me.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#7 posted 12-22-2007 10:40 PM

To make great crown moldings, use a power feeder and make a tunnel that is a few pieces of paper wider than your piece to hold it upright against the bit. Line the tunnel with laminate or other very slippery material and wax any other surfaces. We made 18’ pieces of crown molding out of cherry in two passes this way without any problems using the low end Porter Cable feeder.

For more info, there is a helpful article on the Taunton site called “Jobs a Shaper Does Best”.

-Dee

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