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Blog entry by Alex Lane posted 06-03-2008 04:20 AM 4675 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

IT’S DONE!!!!!!!! I am editing the final video of the machining process….

I have completed final stages of machining a custom helical cutterhead for my DeWalt 733 Planer.
The design is what I came up with from looking at other companies’ designs. BIG THANKS TO BYRD TOOL AND HERMANCE TOOL for the inspiration and great ideas. THANKS ALSO TO Dave at for the custom tapered end mills used to machine the pockets for the carbide teeth, and for having the teeth TiN coated by Oerlikon Balzers.

Compare the teeth above (Titanium Nitride coated) to those below (as received from Byrd)

This is what I created in my CAD software. COMPARE THESE TO THE ACTUAL PHOTOS BELOW!!!


I EVEN ENGRAVED MY NAME, DATE, AND MODEL # OF THE PART. I used what is called a “Canned Cycle” which is a preset program in the CNC’s control. All you do is give it the X and Y (and in my case the rotational A-axis) coordinates, the scale of the lettering based on a 1” default, and the text you want. Voila!!

Thanks to all you LJs who replied on my posts about this project. Your input and suggestions were valuable to the success of this project.

See my first Topic SHELIX CUTTERHEAD
and Part I of this blog entry.

-- Alex...builder of wooden wings for vintage sport biplanes...I'm your wingman :)

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 06-03-2008 04:56 AM

It is difficult to relay just how COOL I think this is!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Mark Shymanski

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#2 posted 06-03-2008 05:04 AM

Amazingly cool… how much would a second one sell for?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 06-03-2008 05:18 AM

That is very cool! I would buy a second planer just in case the first one broke, after all that work.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Damian Penney

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#4 posted 06-03-2008 05:50 AM

:) Congrats, that’s awesome.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#5 posted 06-03-2008 06:41 AM

If you get bored, or greedy, I think you could make one for the 735 planer. A lot of us have one, apparent by the review post I started a couple of months ago. My only complaint of the 735 is there isn’t a spiral head available, and I am considering the 15” grizzly because of that.

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#6 posted 06-03-2008 12:31 PM

now that is COOL! its great when something such as this comes out great. The name was a nice touch too. have you tried it out yet.

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#7 posted 06-03-2008 01:46 PM

Beautiful work! Next thing you know you’ll be a tool and die maker :)

-- Casey, Engineer, Escanaba, MI

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#8 posted 06-03-2008 02:31 PM

Wow, what can I say? You’ve got a lot more talent than I do… that’s pretty cool!!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#9 posted 06-03-2008 02:39 PM

Simply incredible. You truly have a gift.

-- Sola Gratia, John

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 06-03-2008 07:19 PM


-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#11 posted 06-03-2008 11:50 PM

Awesome, great combination of skills.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Doug S.

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#12 posted 06-04-2008 03:15 AM

That ONLY thing that could possibly be improved on would be putting that head in MY DW733:-))
Very cool.

-- Use the fence Luke

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#13 posted 08-05-2008 02:24 AM

I think everyone thought you were full of it when you first said you were doing this… awesome…


-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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John Gray

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#14 posted 08-05-2008 04:14 PM

Great job I’m very impressed!!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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