The Shaper Book

The Shaper Book

SKU# 070251

Techniques for Using This Versatile and Productive Machine

Lonnie Bird


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  • Product # 070251
  • Type Paperback
  • ISBN 978-1-56158-120-7
  • Published Date 1996
  • Dimensions 8 x 10
  • Pages 144
  • Photos black and white photos
  • Drawings and drawings

With the proliferation of table-mounted routers in the woodshop, most woodworkers have never experienced the power and precision that a stationary shaper has to offer. In addition to a quiet, vibration-free cut, the shaper allows you to surpass the capabilities of the router by offering wider, deeper cuts, production runs, and custom moldings.

In this book, author Lonnie Bird demonstrates how versatile and extremely productive the shaper can be. Youll see that the shaper, with its vast assortment of cutterheads, fences and jigs, can handle a wide variety of woodworking applications.

Regardless of your level of woodworking, the shaper can increase the quality and efficiency of your work, and it can broaden the scope of your woodworking.

More than just a primer on shaper techniques, this book gives shop-proven examples of how the shaper can be put to use. With an emphasis on safety, this book is a step-by-step guide that will teach you all about the shaper: from basic setups to cutting curved molding profiles to designing shaper jigs that will expand your woodworking potential.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction to the Shaper

2 Shaper Cutterheads

3 Shaper Safety

4 Basic Shaper Technique

5 Shaping Curved Stock

6 Making Moldings

7 Grinding Custom Knives

8 Frame-and-Panel Joinery

9 Sash-Door Joinery

10 The Power Feeder

11 Shop-Made Jigs for the Shaper





The shaper is one of the most productive, yet least understood of an woodworking machines. Many woodworkers I've talked to think that the shaper is dangerous or that they can perform the same functions with their table-mounted router. While these statements have some merit, they are not entirely true.

The purpose of this book is to show the vast possibilities of this overlooked machine. More than just a treatise on shaper techniques, this book also gives practical examples of how the shaper can be put to use.

It's my sincere desire that the techniques in this book will help you discover for yourself the full potential of the shaper and expand your woodworking skills.


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