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Forum topic by Ivan posted 08-20-2014 10:49 AM 515 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ivan

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08-20-2014 10:49 AM

I’ve been trying to find a way to pattern rout a thick profile, 4” thick. I cant find a router bit (at least in 1/2” collet) that will reach.

If I buy a Shaper that has a 1” spindle, can I buy a 1-1/4” spindle to use a larger cutter?

-Ivan

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BinghamtonEd

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#1 posted 08-20-2014 12:17 PM

Not sure about the shaper, but you could use a 2” pattern bit with a collet extension to get partially through, then flip it over and use a 2” flush trim bit for the remainder.

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Gshepherd

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#2 posted 08-20-2014 04:46 PM

I do not know about the spindle, what kid of shaper do you have? I have a PM with a 1 1/4 spndle that I have put 1 13/16 cutter heads on it with the use of hat bushings…

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Ivan

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#3 posted 08-20-2014 06:22 PM

I don’t have a shaper, so if I buy one I want to make sure I dont get too much shaper just to be able to use the 1-1/4” ID cutter.

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unbob

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#4 posted 08-20-2014 08:19 PM

Ivan, I have only been using the shaper for about a year or so. I started with the Delta HD, then a PM 27, now a big one with a 1 1/4” spindle. In my experience so far, its best to start slowly, such as making more simple rabbits and grooves. I quickly discovered the huge forces involved in these machines doing the most basic cuts. Cutting a profile 4” width is not a good first operation to learn with. That is something I am heading toward, and why I moved to a heavy machine that is made for wide profiles. The spindle bearings in the big machines are about the same diameter as the body on a router. The smaller machines, the spindle can deflect and cause a dangerous condition-more prone to kick back. My favorite machine for sure, but needs full attention to the smallest details.

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cabmaker

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#5 posted 08-20-2014 09:27 PM

Not likely but you can bush it to 1 1/4 easy enough.

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Ivan

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#6 posted 08-20-2014 10:08 PM

I did find that I can use bushings to use a 1” spindle. I don’t plan on making heavy cuts and will be making sturdy sleds to hold the work while shaping.

Thanks for the feedback.

-- "Do it right the first time, you'll just kick yourself later..."

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