I'd like to ask your advice on pattern shaping. I have your shaper book and have done pattern shaping with my router. It just seems the shaper is more suited even though what I have is an old Rockwell, 1hp, with a 1/2" spindle. The spindle is about 3-1/2" long and what I'm wondering is if this is sufficient? Is it best to use a 2" rabbet cutter and then pair that up with a bearing to follow the pattern? With a router, I run into the problem of grain tear out, would the shaper minimize that due to its slower speed? Last of all, is there a shaper cutter better suited to pattern shaping than the rabbet cutter? Thanks for all your advice.
Las Vegas, NV