Work(shop) in Progress #13: Reorganizing Single Car Garage IV - Getting in Shape(r)

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 09-07-2010 05:04 PM 2690 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I mean literally – I got the shaper to work :). I guess that would constitute as a tool gloat, although I’m not much of a gloater, I just like getting things done. I got this shaper off of CL a couple of weeks ago just because it was too good of a deal to pass up. I contacted the seller, and told them my budget which was lower than their posted price, and they agreed to my offer – I was psyched! I’ll probably set it up with some 3/4 bore cutters for cope-stile at some point when a project needs it (not planing on getting any cutters unless they have an immediate use), but for now I may just use it for router bits, perhaps set it up with a dedicated round over. When I got it, it was setup for 220 and running nicely. I just got a 110 plug for it, and did the rewiring, and voila, it’s back up and running (I don’t have 220 in my garage). I still need to clean up the top (has a bit of light surface rust) and setup duct collection for it somehow, but it’s working nicely – hums like a baby tiger:

Does Anyone have a shaper hooked up to DC? how is it setup? from the top? from the bottom? any pics? curious…

I was also able to finalize the duct for the DC. all the pipes are cut to length, and at the moment are just held by friction, and secured to the beams/walls which keeps it from pulling apart, or moving anywhere.

DC Suction at the far point (TS port) doesn’t seem to have lost much potency compared to the 10ft flex hose I used previously which is good news.

The LV blast gates (4”) although closely matched the 4” ASTM2729 pipes still had a gap that had to be filled. I used painters tape to wrap around the blast gate as it has some thickness to it, and will not leave glue residue if I need to take it off in the future. I wrapped the tape 17 times to get a nice snug fit that would keep the blast gate held tight by friction. once I give the setup some practice and work, and I’m satisfied with the locations and directions of the blast gates, I’ll lock them in better with some silicone.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#1 posted 09-07-2010 05:08 PM

Well done, progress indeed. Good to see your shaper is moveable. Hope some of the other tools, ie tablesaw, are too or you wont be sawing any long pieces of wood, going from the last sketchup.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#2 posted 09-07-2010 05:23 PM

Indeed Martyn, everything (but the jointer – I should do something about that) is on mobile bases. but for most, I planned it that things won’t have to be moved much if at all for most work. – I can always cut short pieces of wood and glue them together ;) jokes aside- the space behind the TS is wide open- there is no wall there.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 09-07-2010 05:38 PM

Hi Sharon;

Great find!

I do have a DC attached to my shaper. It is a Delta unit, and it has a factory dust port on the back of the fence. It works very well. I do have to vacuum out the cabinet after any serious use, though.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 09-07-2010 05:40 PM

You have a good shaper there. I have one like it. I put a small hood on the rear of the top to collect dust No pics.does a farley good job.

-- wchips

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#5 posted 09-07-2010 05:41 PM

I’d assume you’d be looking at the same kinds of hookups as a router table, with even more flow. So under table, and if possible a scoop above.

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#6 posted 09-07-2010 05:42 PM

cool. Thanks Lee – is that the same setup as your shopmade router table fence you made (in terms of DC)?

wchips – does it attach to the bit guard? fence? or the cabinet?

from what I see on grizzlys site the attachment (for 3” hose) goes on top of the bit guard, but I can’t exactly figure out how.

Under cabinet seems almost impossible as the motor is right there, and it’s a large cabinet, I doubt anything will pick up anything in that cabinet except what hits the floor.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 09-07-2010 05:56 PM

Nice find, PurpLev.

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#8 posted 09-07-2010 06:06 PM

Looks real nice. I’m curious though, what is the real difference between a shaper and a router table? They both look the same to me.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#9 posted 09-07-2010 06:35 PM

Nice score! Congrats on your new toy, oops tool :>)

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 09-07-2010 06:44 PM

Thanks for all the comments, I’m really glad to have this in the arsenal. it will get very handy

Eric – to answer your question. both do similar work, but the capacity is different. a shaper can take bigger bites and larger cutters (this one can take cutters up to 5” in diameter). a shaper can also run continuously over a long period of time, and is also quieter than a router motor (induction vs. direct drive). it runs slower, but to make up for it, shaper cutters have 3 cutters compared to 2 on (most) router bits, although the larger diameter cutters on shapers make them hit the wood just as fast as the smaller diameter router bits.

there are other differences of course, such as reversing the rotation of the cutters to address parts where the wood grain goes in different directions (curves) etc.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#11 posted 09-07-2010 06:45 PM

I have an 8 inch Grizzly jointer that probably needs similar work done. I think mine might be in worse shape than yours. Mine borders on a full restore, which is sad for a 10 yr old machine. I’ve been enjoying watching your progress. I desperately wish I could get back to making progress of my own.

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#12 posted 09-07-2010 06:51 PM

Hokie – curious about your jointer, why is it in such a bad shape? what needs to be done on it? Thanks for keeping track on my progress, it’s nice to know the posts are not for me alone (although that is the main purpose I’m posting) .Personally I’m glad I could find the time to reorganize which really became a must at this point, but I’d rather be building something that would go in the house than stay in the garage. I guess we all want more dont we?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#13 posted 09-07-2010 07:00 PM

Thanks for clearing that up. I figured they were just more powerful versions and it sounds like they kind of are, but better :)

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#14 posted 09-07-2010 11:49 PM

I plan to blog the jointer thing in the future if I can find the time. I’m still in the midst of the shop renovations I was blogging a few months ago. The hot weather and not life have just gotten in the way. As for why the jointer got so bad? It was sitting in a dirt floor shed with plenty of “ventilation”. While it doesn’t appear to have gotten directly rained on I think it experienced the equivalent of morning dew on a car every morning for about 3 months. At $300 (after being promised the motor worked), I took a chance. I wired up for 220 and will test it out eventually. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. If it runs, I’ll go ahead with the restore. If not, I’ll probably try and recoup as much of my $300 and sell it to someone with more time to replace or repair the motor.

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#15 posted 09-07-2010 11:59 PM

I don’t know much about shapers, but congrats on your score.

What I have read, but don’t know if really true or not, is that in the industry more accidents with shapers than any other tool, so if any truth to that watch those fingers and be safe while you learn it.

So am also thinking that with that garage of yours, you have got to be getting on the tight side on space with all that machinery. Going to leave yourself any workspace for assembly and glue ups??

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