The Shaper Book
by Lonnie Bird

205 x 255mm

Published by The Taunton Press, Connecticut, USA.


ISBN 1-56158-120-8

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Extract from back cover of book:

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. You'll 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.

About the author: Lonnie Bird is a professional woodworker and teaches seminars nationwide on shaper use. He is a frequent contributor to several woodworking magazines and is a professor of woodworking at the University of Rio Grande in Ohio..

Photos: Black & White

Units of Measurement: Imperial



Introduction to the Shaper
Shaper Anatomy
Tuning the Shaper

Shaper Cutterheads
Wing Cutterheads
Insert Cutterheads
Lockedge Knives
Custom-Made Cutterheads
What Type to Buy

Shaper Safety
Safety Devices
Preventing Kickbacks

Basic Shaper Technique
Setting Up the Shaper
Shaping an Entire Edge
Shaping End Grain
Creating Stop Cuts

Shaping Curved Stock
Shaping Freehand
Shaping a Pattern
Shaping with a Fence

Making Moldings
Incorporating Moldings into Your Furniture
Creating Molding Profiles

Grinding Custom Knives
Selecting Collars
Selecting Knife Stock
Cutting Theory
Finding the Knife Profile
Grinding Tools
Grinding a Knife
Mounting the Knives in the Collars

Frame-and-Panel Joinery
Proportioning Frame-and-Panels
Making a Frame with Cope-and-Stick Joinery
Making Panels
Making an Arched Frame-and-Panel

Sash-Door Joinery
Start with a Drawing
Selecting and Cutting Stock
Making the Frame

The Power Feeder
Power-Feeder Anatomy
How to Use a Power Feeder

Shop-Made Jigs for the Shaper
Purpose of a Shaper Jig
Some Useful Shaper Jigs