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Forum topic by Sawdustmaker posted 03-26-2015 04:14 PM 703 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Sawdustmaker

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03-26-2015 04:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shaper rub collars spacers power feeders shaping resource

I just purchased a new Grizzly G1026 3 HP shaper. I plan on using it to produce moldings, chair rails, hand railings, etc. for a new home. Some of you have and use a shaper on a daily basis and know what your go-to accessories you use are, and most likely could not go without. If you have the time, please leave me a comment on your suggestions for these have to have items that complement the machine and improve its productivity. I value your opinions. Thanks in advance.

-- Brian, Virginia Beach


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unbob

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#1 posted 03-26-2015 05:28 PM

Well, being new to the shaper myself, I am interested also.
The only advice I have at this time is, start small with simple cutters. Get used to the machine before making deep or wide cuts.
I couldn’t find very much info in any one place, just bits and pieces regarding specific operations.
At this time, I am using the machine for glue joints.
I found, rigging up zero clearance inserts for the fence helpful for tear out, and what I feel is safer operation.

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#2 posted 03-26-2015 05:49 PM

If your running very much of the moldings you described, a power feeder would prove very valuable

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#3 posted 03-26-2015 05:54 PM

I would amen the powerfeeder. they make the work go much faster and most importantly it keeps chatter to a minimum along with constant feed speed.

I would advise in looking for insert tooling. Make sure the tooling and the cutterhead takes corrugated tool steel. Once there you can buy blanks and use your table saw to cut the profile. Cut one profile, weigh the cutter and place a same weight piece of tool steel in the other side of the cutterhead for balance. You will only have one cutter cutting but slow the feed and you will be good. I made tons of molding this way.

Also, rather than useing a miter guage I would suggest a pneumatic clamping “miter gauge”. It doesnt look much like a miter gauge but it works well. about 200lbs of force on the wood.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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AlaskaGuy

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#4 posted 03-26-2015 06:35 PM

Yes, you NEED power feeder. IMO get a 1 hp feeder.

Shapers cutters? I like and use Freeborn.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#5 posted 03-26-2015 07:44 PM

A very simple and fast zero clearance fence can be made with 3 – 4mm ply. Cut the ply the same size as the fence, set your height, nail or screw the ply to the fence. With the machine running, slowly push the fence back into the cutters.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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Sawdustmaker

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#6 posted 03-30-2015 06:50 PM

A power feeder is one of the items that I plan on getting once I start working on a pile of 1900 Board foot of hard maple donated by my Uncle. In the meantime, what is the best bang for the buck when purchasing shaper cutters and/or mouding knives?

-- Brian, Virginia Beach

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#7 posted 03-30-2015 07:08 PM



A power feeder is one of the items that I plan on getting once I start working on a pile of 1900 Board foot of hard maple donated by my Uncle. In the meantime, what is the best bang for the buck when purchasing shaper cutters and/or mouding knives?

- Sawdustmaker

Like I said in my first post Freeborn is good stuff for shaper cutters don’t know much about molding knives.

With 1900 BF of maple to run I would go cheap on the cutters or knives.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#8 posted 03-31-2015 04:31 AM

With the small amount of maple you are running, check the cutter profiles on the Grizzly site. The Freeborn
is great, but it is meant for production and is rather expensive. The Grizzly site will also give you an idea
of power feeders and the cost. Start checking on Craigslist, I have seen a few good ones listed that were
reasonably priced.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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