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Forum topic by Holbs posted 05-16-2015 04:14 AM 1288 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-16-2015 04:14 AM

Always on the look out at auctions, this pops up:

I think it’s a duo-shaper from years gone past. What drew me to this item, was the cast iron top. But, it is a shaper. If I removed the underneath guts, is there a way to re-install lets say a bosch 1617 or a woodpecker router lift? I have a router table in mind down the road as a project. A cast iron top would be … sweeeeeet!

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#1 posted 05-16-2015 05:34 AM

I suppose it possible but to my way of thinking the table top is to small and not worth it. There are plenty of non-cast irons tops out there that work just fine.

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#2 posted 05-16-2015 05:36 AM

probably right. well, at same auction, 8” GeeTech jointer. I’ll see what that goes for

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#3 posted 05-16-2015 01:36 PM

I believe anything can be fabricated for use.

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#4 posted 05-16-2015 01:53 PM

I was thinking to convert this cast iron table top for use in a router cabinet down the road in a project, as an insert. I’l see what the price goes for. could be an interesting project. Depends what lies under the top, how big the shaper hole is, etc. Threading holes for a hand held router underneath should not be a problem, but depends on what else is down there. They actually have a real Delta Rockwell Heavy Duty Shaper going as well. I know shapers are slower RPM’s and the cutters themselves are priced like gold.

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#5 posted 05-16-2015 02:24 PM

I’d bet this shaper would be easy to convert. It’ll depend on how cheap you could buy it for. You’ve already shown that you are mechanically inclined with the planer re-furb, so this should be almost a no-brainer.

I’m sure the table was not cast onto the base, so once it’s off, you may have to do a bit of grinding if there’s any cast webbing underneath. Beyond that, a good de-rusting and cleaning, drill and tap some holes to mount the router, then build a bigger table/base to insert this into.

Go for it man!

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#6 posted 05-16-2015 02:47 PM

I personally think that you could build a nice router table top and cabinet that would be a much better stetup than if you tried to use this shaper top. I had a nicely equipped machine shop in our molding plant and fabricated a good many things for our plant but with all of the accessories they make for routers and router tops these days I don’t see where you would have gained any real advantage in using this top. That’s just my two cents worth.

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#7 posted 05-16-2015 02:56 PM

i could be wrong. but i thought cast iron top was the most ideal table top, aluminum second, mdf and wood 3rd.

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#8 posted 05-16-2015 03:12 PM

Oh, you are perfectly right about wear and tear on the surface of the top but how many lineal feet will you run through the router to really have to worry about that? Anyways, I hope that you turn it into a great router table. It should be an exciting project and fun to do. If you do it I’d love to see a blog about it. BTW, I love the old cast iron machines.

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#9 posted 05-16-2015 05:41 PM

Why not make a shaper out of it?
And then a router table out of something else.

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#10 posted 05-17-2015 12:37 AM

i have time to decide what to do with it, since it is now mine :) $50.. probably waaaay over priced. But I sent a pre-bid of $50 before I actually saw it in person (took a gamble, which I do lots of time for auctions). It sure looks 24” wide in the auction picture. But in person, it’s dinky as in 12” or so.

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#11 posted 05-17-2015 12:43 AM

Ok, so you got lemons … MAKE LEMONADE ! :-)

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#12 posted 05-17-2015 12:44 AM

You would THINK I am now sad because of this $50 lemon… give me a couple minutes for a new forum post about what I did also get at the auction that will make this forgotten :)

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