Shaping - Create Beautiful Decorative Trim on Curved or Straight Edges
Purpose of the Shaper
While the molder produces great straight-line cuts in the surfaces of workpieces... and the dado is the tool to reach for when you need square-edged dadoes or grooves... the shaper is best for decorating edges or making edge joints on straight or curved edges.
In fact, rub collars and starting pins let the shaper tackle irregular shaped edges as easily as regular ones. Plus, the shaper even lets you work on the inside edges of cut-outs such as round or oval picture frames.
And, like its molding cousin, it's a great choice for producing specialized joints, such as: glue joint; tongue-and-groove; cabinet door panel joints; drop-leaf table edge joints; and more.
The shaper is used with the Mark 7 or Mark V set-up in the vertical position and is best suited for shaping the edges of workpieces. In this mode, the stock is passed by the spinning cutter -- not over it -- and is usually guided through the process of forming straight or curved edges by a shaper fence or a rub collar with a starting pin.
With the shaper, it is also possible to shape inside edges, too. The large work table surface supports the stock without need of any special jigs.
A Few Examples of How You Can Combine Cutter Profiles To Create Special Shapes
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