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Forum topic by Woodsurgin posted 534 days ago 729 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Woodsurgin

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534 days ago

I purchased a sliding table for my Delta shaper. I wonder why the shaper fence isn’t set up to reference the the shaper table to keep it square with the groove, like the fence does on a cabinet saw?
I have wondered this about the router table as well.
The grooves and the sliding table don’t work when the fences are not square.
Am I missing something here? Some router tables are addressing this issue I see.


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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 534 days ago

A parallel-to-the-miter-gauge-slot fence is unnecessary to a spindle cutter, Woodsurgin.

The only important relationship between the cutter and the fence is the exposure of the cutter.

I am puzzled by what the application of a sliding table to a shaper will add.

I have never seen one in a professional shop. All those folks that I have known in those settings were interested in productivity, safety and repeatability. If the latest iteration of a sliding table for a shaper has descended from a professional product, I am ready to learn about it and those two attributes. If it is just appearing on the Rockler level, I’m skeptical of its value.

I remain open to learn here, and I appreciate your bringing up the subject.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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Loren

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#2 posted 534 days ago

Lee, the main application I can see is cutting tenons on
long boards and using the sliding table to anchor the work
and perhaps an outrigger to support the cantilevered
end. Imitating a tenoner, basically.

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Lee Barker

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#3 posted 534 days ago

Ah, makes perfect sense, Loren. I was hoping we’d hear from you on this. Thanks!

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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Woodsurgin

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#4 posted 532 days ago

Yes, I can cut tenons. I bought a floor model Delta 3 hp shaper from Johnson’s workbench. It formerly had a Delta sliding table mounted on it. I was able to buy a Delta sliding table from CPO Delta. I have been experimenting with making tenons and like the fact the sliding table holds the boards securely. I am also wondering if the Delta 1/4 hp power feeder will be powerful enough for running long boards for flooring.

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Woodsurgin

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#5 posted 532 days ago

If you want to use the slot in either the shaper or the router table, squaring up the fence is a must.

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