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Forum topic by End_Grain posted 10-31-2009 01:30 AM 1108 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-31-2009 01:30 AM

Well, I convinced myself that people that love their router table are for the most part people without shapers. That and the fact that the cost of a router table , 3HP router plus a router lift mechanism and the fact that I would always have to assemble/disassemble the router from the table whenever, I captured a used 3HP Woodtec shaper with sliding table. The seller had all the docs and accessory tools and spindles. It looks great, nice and clean, no bearing chatter and if it was good enough for a guy that made cabinets for 12 years, (it just 3 years old) it has to be good enough for my home shop. I don’t know if the newer ones are a tad lighter but this thing is a honking pig!

After figuring out removing a table extension would allow me remove the sliding table, I was ready to take it off my truck, by myself. Strapped it 3 ways to Sunday to the two wheeler, laid it down in the bed and slid it off an down onto the drive off the tailgate. Man this thing sure is a honking beast. We’ve had 12” of rain this month so I had to leap frog plywood across the yard so I don’t saddlebag the two wheeler. After doing a 360 with the shaper and attached two wheeler (I got to fix that stupid wheel one of these days) when the downhill wheel spun off the axle, I made it to the door. This is going to be easy (yeah, just keep thinking that). I laid it down and heaved-ho only to be stopped short. ( &_)$$, #&$#, (&^%% stupid switch box was an inch to far out. Okay, pop the hinges, take the door off. Door off, lay down, heave-ho and was one again hauled up short. Stupid @@!$$, #&$#, (&^%% freaking knob on the cast iron handle is extending and inch to far out on the other side. Not a problem until I could not find the 9/16 or 14mm open end wrenches. I must have a dozen of those but they are probably off herded up with the dozen or more MIA tape measures having a party. Nope, crescent won’t work, plastic is thicker then the nut. Screw it, where are those itty bitty vice grips. Of course the wrong tool is ALWAYS right where it should be. Okay lay it down one more time. Back is starting to feel a bit tired now. Okay heave ho and it is in the shop and I’m on the shop floor. That thing squirted through the door like snot on a ducks back. Struggling, sweating and grunting, I finally get that sucker back on its feet. Haul the fence, table, table extension in. Look at it and think, ‘Man it is getting close to supper and I KNOW this sucker is not going anywhere fast.

-- My greatest fear is that when I die, my wife will sell all my stuff for what I told her I bought it for.

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#1 posted 10-31-2009 01:44 AM

welcomr to LJ’s !

i was luckier than you , i was cleaning up the dark part of the shop the other day ,
and found my two speed delta shaper under everything from 6 years of storing .
changed the bit in it , and plugged it in and away we go !

it’s still accessible !

-- 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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#2 posted 10-31-2009 02:34 AM

Welcome to the wonderful world of woodworking and lumberjocks

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 10-31-2009 06:03 PM

I love my router table for what it is. It is, however, not a shaper. I own about 20 shapers in my door shop. In my opinion, they are different tools, while they are rather interchangeable. Router bits are cheaper, and much easier to find. Shapers do a better job, especially with larger cutters. My router table is great for smaller cuts, and I can use the the bits for my hand held routers. O the other hand, I would personally hate to build raised panel doors with a router table.

Once again I think there is rarely a “one tool fits all” in most woodworking applications.


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#4 posted 10-31-2009 06:09 PM

Not having a shaper myself….I would not know the versatility of one….but talk about heavy – in my shop its the lathe and the planer that win the weight war…followed by my TS, bandsaw and mitre saw w/table.

My router table does get a workout though…I have several bits that I could not do without…especially some locking bits, rail and stile and my slot cutter…..there are a lot more…but those get the most workout….If I were a commercial shop I would certainly look into a shaper.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#5 posted 10-31-2009 06:18 PM

I have two router table set ups and a new shaper I’ve haven’t used for 2 years since I bought it..

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#6 posted 11-02-2009 06:29 PM

Jim, bring it to me. I’ll use it


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