I enjoyed a couple of books that you wrote, "Shaping Wood" and "The Shaper Book." I read the "Shaper Book" prior to purchasing a shaper since I am mostly self taught.
I am an amateur woodworker. I am going to build my own kitchen cabinets. And I make a lot of molding for picture frames and for my home. I recently purchased the 88mm Profile Pro aluminum cutterhead for my new 3hp shaper. It molds beautifully and the finish is much better than expected. I have a couple of technical questions where a more experienced person may know a simple solution:
1) I am having a problem with snipe on the last 2 or 2 ½ inches. All of the wood is being hand fed, and while I’m comfortable doing this, the snipe is irritating. I suspect that the large cutterhead (larger than the router bits I’ve become accustomed to) is creating a large gap in the split fence. Would a rub collar help, and what sizes since there are so many blade shapes? Also, would a power feeder be any help since they are reliant on a fence for support?
2) The table opening of my shaper is barely too tight to lower the cutterhead(with knives) below table level. This is definitely limiting, and I plan to purchase the 68mm head just for that reason. Why are there so many sizes of the cutterheads & does the diameter affect the quality of the cut?
-T. Allen Wyatt
Winter Haven, FL