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Using Shapers

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Using Shapers

As its name suggests, the shaper -- essentially a router with added power -- is a tool used to shape wood. A shaper consists of a sturdy table and an upright shaft connected to a powerful motor. Its micro-adjustable fence ensures perfect precision cuts.

Before you use a shaper, make certain you are thoroughly
informed of proper and safe procedures. Read and understand
the warnings and instructions on the shaper and in your
owner/ operators manual before operating.

Stay very alert when using any shaping tool. Carelessness can
be extremely dangerous.

Always wear safety goggles or safety glasses with side shields
complying with current national standards, and a full face shield when needed. Use a dust mask in dusty work conditions. Wear hearing protection during extended periods of operation.

Do not wear gloves, loose clothing, jewelry or any dangling
objects that may catch in rotating parts or accessories. Tie back long hair.

Be sure the keyed washer is correctly aligned and directly under the spindle nut, and that the nut is tight before operating the tool.

Cutters should be maintained and installed in strict compliance
with the owner/operators manual. The direction of rotation of the spindle dictates cutter installation and feed direction.

Recheck all attachments to confirm they are securely tightened
before start-up. If you hear, see or suspect problems, stop the
tool immediately, unplug it, check the tool thoroughly. Correct
any problem before proceeding.

Always feed the work piece against the rotation of the cutter.

Shaping narrow stock can be particularly hazardous. Use a
fixture to hold the work piece. If the operation requires hands to come within 6 in. of the cutters, use a hold down/ push block for work pieces from 6 to 2 in. For 2 in. and lower, use feather boards or appropriate fixtures.

When end shaping, use a miter gauge with hold-down.

When edge shaping, use featherboards.

Use the ring or cup guard when the adjustable fence is not
in place.

Never freehand shape-check your owner/ operators manual
for safe procedures for use of an adjustable fence when
straight-line shaping, and starting pin and collars when
performing irregular (curved) shaping.