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#1 posted 04-20-2010 07:37 AM

I have 2 molding head units. One is a Sears 3 head cutter. Much like the Carobcutter. I also have a 2 head cutter which is like a rectangular bar that holds 2 heads at each end. I have used the Carobcutter type unit numerous times. It works well but you have to be careful about the feed rate and depth of cut. Feed to quickly or to large of a cut and it could send it back to you very quickly. It is susceptible to kick back. But if you take shallow cuts, and you can hear how its going as you feed it, It works well. The table saw with a molding head sounds like a shaper when running.

Shaper vs. molder. I have always figured it depends on the position of the arbor of the machine. A table saw with a horizontal arbor uses a molding head. A Shaper has a vertical arbor and so uses a shaper head. I may be wrong but that is always what I have seen. Another consideration is the surface being cut. The table saw will allow the flat of a piece of wood to be cut. Cutting the edge requires the wood to be fed vertically. Which is a little more tricky, for this I would rather have a shaper. But with the proper jig it can be done safely.

Now a question for those of you out there. I have considered using the molding head on the table saw to cut cove molding. I know you can do it with a normal blade and feeding the wood at an angle with a stationary fence. But why not us a molding head with a 1” flute head. I would think that it would cut smoother and do a better job on the molding. Any comments?


PS here is an article on using a molding head on a Shopsmith.

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