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Forum topic by Brian posted 12-20-2018 05:33 AM 457 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Brian

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12-20-2018 05:33 AM

I’ve recently made the switch from a router table to a Shopfox 3hp shaper, and I’m pulling out what little hair that I do have.

I’m exclusively doing shaker style doors using the Grizzly matching 1/2” set. My doors are fighting me every step of the way. Even with a power feeder, I’m not getting an even cut down the entire stile. Rails are surprisingly going better for me using the Kreg coping sled.

If anyone has any good tutorials on how to properly set up a shaper, I’m completely open to any input.

Thank you!!!!!

-- “Always take a banana to a party, bananas are good!” - Tenth Doctor


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#1 posted 12-20-2018 06:20 AM

I left out the part where i purchased it used. I just joined and planed some 1” thick 30 year old white oak and made new fences for it and replaced the plastic that was previously on it. I may have solved my problems somewhat.

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#2 posted 12-20-2018 07:04 PM

Can you post some photos of the issue? From your description I would agree it is probably the fences. One trick to get your fences truely co-planer is the make them thick and mount them to the guard making sure the mounting hardware is well countersunk below the face (very important!). Then run the assembly across the jointer a few times to true everything up. That will solve 99% of any sniping problems you are having.

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#3 posted 12-20-2018 07:28 PM


Can you post some photos of the issue? From your description I would agree it is probably the fences. One trick to get your fences truely co-planer is the make them thick and mount them to the guard making sure the mounting hardware is well countersunk below the face (very important!). Then run the assembly across the jointer a few times to true everything up. That will solve 99% of any sniping problems you are having.

- TungOil

+1 pictures and better description of problem. I saw your post last but didn’t know what “I’m not getting an even cut down the entire stile’ means.

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#4 posted 12-20-2018 08:24 PM

BTW I’d recommend this book.

https://www.amazon.com/Shaper-Handbook-Roger-W-Cliffe/dp/0941936694/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1545337098&sr=1-2&keywords=The+shaper+book

There are at least 4 different way to set up for the sticking cut on a shaper(that I know of)’

Fences co-planer
Off set fence
outboard or back fence
one piece fence
Each have there advantages and disadvantages

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#5 posted 12-21-2018 09:56 PM

So Brian, how’s your problem doing. Did you bail on us?

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#6 posted 12-22-2018 01:06 AM

If you cutting the entire edge use a outboard / back fence and just use the split fence for dust collection…(only with a feeder)

https://youtu.be/nEGDxhD1RO8

If you are not taking a full face profile cut (you should to reduce tearout) I would use a continuous fence.

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