Delta Shaper Upgrade

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Project by Schwieb posted 09-26-2011 03:15 AM 3550 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lately, I have been spending time reorganizing the shop and it always happens that distractions occur. Maybe it’s old age but I find one thing leads to another and I suddenly receive my round TUIT and take time out from the original mission and make something because it is part of the plan. (ULTIMATELY) Shop organzation, you know?

I can’t imagine being without a shaper, although with the addition of a router cabinet and the availability of good cutters in every imaginable profile, has made it less important. Except, that I already have a lot of shaper cutters and don’t really want to replace what I have that work just fine.

I bought this small Delta shaper for $175 with a bunch of cutters from a guy on Craig’s list awhile back. I couldn’t pass it up. I found the top just too small for some of the work I did; it needed a better fence; and a dust collecting method. It also had an open space it the base. I decided to make a top extension and upgraded fence that would use the same feather boards as the router; make a hood to connect to the vacuum system; and built a small cabinet inside the base to store cutters, tools, and accessories. I turned some knobs for the dust hood. (just couldn’t resist) The rules were to use up scrap, cutoffs, and odds and ends.

The last photo is of the shop brothers standing beside one another. The upgrade really works out very nice and I definitely think it enhances the machine’s usefullness and function.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#1 posted 09-26-2011 03:29 AM

Beauty full what a deal at $175


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#2 posted 09-26-2011 05:04 AM

Nice looking shaper. I am in the process of over hauling my shaper too. I like the idea of the table extension. I might have to borrow the idea for mine. My shaper has a large enough table, but it is a webed cast iron type. a real finger pincher that I hate and I plan on putting a laminated table over the existing. Good use of space under the shaper stand.

Tha router table looks awesome too!!

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#3 posted 09-26-2011 07:17 AM

I have been wanting to add some drawers in the base of my drum sander.
Now that I know how it might look I have no more excuse.

great work!

Thanks for sharing.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#4 posted 09-26-2011 10:54 AM

What a good idea. I’ve got the same type of frame on my band saw. Thanks.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 09-26-2011 11:10 AM

Nice job on it.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 09-26-2011 12:08 PM

I have no idea what you talk about! Shop organization – I’m still at the stage where I make the tools and my shop is so small that I have to step outside to change my mind…
But a shaper at 175 that is a find, wauuu.
And you have as always made a wonderful upgrade for it, things at hand and a new dust collection.
Really nice my friend, your shop is still my no. one dream shop, I sometimes look at your shop pictures just to dream, and your skylight spot is my Achilles.
Best thoughts to you and the family,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 09-26-2011 02:25 PM

Nice find. I’m not all that familular with a shaper.
Your cabinets are fantasic.
Great work.

-- Anthony

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#8 posted 09-26-2011 10:29 PM

Nice job, looks great

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#9 posted 09-27-2011 12:36 AM

Nice upgrades. I picked up a shaper just like this. It came from CL too.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#10 posted 09-27-2011 04:47 AM

Nice looking shaper.

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