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Forum topic by Foothill999 posted 03-24-2017 01:50 PM 1151 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Foothill999

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03-24-2017 01:50 PM

We are purchasing a home that has been vacant for 7 years. We took the home as is and there is lots of old equipment and machines. I was trying to research some of it and found one that says “workace shaper” can anyone tell me what this is and what it does? It has a carbide blade of some sort on the top. It is electric. I need to clean out the home and would hate to throw it out if it would be useful to someone.


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#1 posted 03-24-2017 01:55 PM

Have you tried googling the name on the base?

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 03-24-2017 02:02 PM

Yeah… not much to go on there. A little more info would help – and better pictures :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#3 posted 03-24-2017 02:06 PM

Good idea Jim.

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#4 posted 03-24-2017 02:07 PM

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#5 posted 03-24-2017 02:09 PM

Ding, Ding, Ding – We have a winner :)
(and in record time!)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#6 posted 03-24-2017 02:13 PM

That looks scarry. A shaper with no fence?

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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#7 posted 03-24-2017 02:20 PM

It has no fence, a tiny round table, and it was made for school shops… I bet it threw a lot of wood across the shop in it’s day!

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#8 posted 03-24-2017 03:25 PM

That thing is way cool, are you going to keep it or sell it?

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Foothill999

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#9 posted 03-24-2017 04:18 PM

Thanks I did Google it and the picture of an old Ad is all I could find as well (the one someone posted above). Surely there has to more on the whole wide Internet about this thing. So it’s job was to cut wood? If it works is it worth anything? Or are things like these scrap?

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#10 posted 03-24-2017 04:21 PM



That thing is way cool, are you going to keep it or sell it?

- bigblockyeti

Defiantly not keeping it. I am not handy at all and my husband won’t let me. I would probally poke out my eye.

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#11 posted 03-24-2017 04:58 PM

Reminds me of camp stoves and lamps that just mount on a propane tank with a base attached. Take a motor, turn it on end, mount a little work surface and sell it to schools to mame children.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#12 posted 03-24-2017 04:59 PM

Those were made by J. D. Wallace & Co. out of Chicago, sometime in the 30’s…

Here is the 1932 catalog listing for one:

You can find more info over at the VM site, even some pictures :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#13 posted 05-15-2017 01:00 AM

I have one of those! Mine has considerably more rust which I’m in the process of restoring. Shapers are very useful though fairly dangerous. I have used mine for creating different round over profiles on molding. Great for any cabinetry.

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