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  • New to me shaper

    Picked up this nice 8” Shape-Rite just a couple of hours away here in Maine. Excited to learn how to run it.
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    Also, does anyone know any good shaper reference materials?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by JCByrd24 View Post
      Also, does anyone know any good shaper reference materials?
      Linked below is the best book I have found. It's a pretty big PDF, about 95MB.

      Suggested Unit Course in Shaper Work (1944):
      http://www.lecollectionneur.ch/docum...-course-in.pdf

      Others that you can find on the internet:
      "How To Run A Metal Working Shaper" by South Bend
      "Planer Work, Shaper and Slotter Work" (1914)
      "The Shaping Machine" by Ian Bradley
      Location: Northern WI

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      • #4
        Thanks!

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        • #5
          I had a nearly identical one, but 10 inch. With a different base.. I had heard they were offered as a semi finished kit .. not sure on that..

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          • #6
            Kay Fisher's Metal Shaper Columns

            http://www.neme-s.org/shapers/shaper_columns.html

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JCByrd24 View Post
              Also, does anyone know any good shaper reference materials?
              A man named Errol Groff at one time was selling a CD full of really good shaper techniques, procedures, etc., which I bought and have since misplaced. I believe he passed away a few years ago, but you might find a used copy. Or maybe his family might still be distributing the CD.

              (corrected the erroneous CE to CD)
              Last edited by lynnl; 11-13-2020, 08:37 AM.
              Lynn (Huntsville, AL)

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              • #8
                Nice Shaper !
                I remember getting wanged on the side of my head from a Shaper in trade school.
                Beaver County Alberta Canada

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Michael Edwards View Post
                  Kay Fisher's Metal Shaper Columns

                  http://www.neme-s.org/shapers/shaper_columns.html
                  I ran across that a few months back and created an account so I could buy the online book version. It's a collection of monthly articles so the information in it jumps around a lot. I got about 1/6 of the way into it before I set it aside to work on something else and forgot about it until I saw your reference here. Gotta pick back up where I left off. So far it's a lot of fun to read shaper based stories. But so far I've only come across a little hard information. I'm sure that'll change as I get deeper into it. And it is a fun read.

                  JCB, your 8inch stroke machine is not far off size and capability of my 10" stroke Alba. I have only used mine on a limited basis. But I've really enjoyed it. A whole different way to make chips.

                  Much of the early work with it was less than inspirational with lathe geometry cutter angles proving to give poor chewed up looking surface finishes. But then I tried a new shear cut tool which proved to be absolutely stellar with a finish straight off the cutter that rivals a well polished 400 grit sanded finish. That made me realize that it's important to play with the relief angles and to approach the shaping of the tools quite differently from what I found worked so well on the lathe. I need to get back into it again.

                  If the actual process and manner of machining is a big part of why you have a metal shop you'll love using the shaper. It really is a different sort of machine with a lot of operator involvement. And VERY different in how you approach it compared to a vertical mill. From the enthusiasm in your opening post it sure sounds like that description fits here.
                  Chilliwack BC, Canada

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                  • #10
                    JCByrd check your messages. I sent info on shaper book.
                    Pete

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                    • #11
                      Nice shaper, I wish I could find one that size.
                      I just need one more tool,just one!

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                      • #12
                        Nice shaper, JC. I'm nearing completion of restoration of an earlier model of the Shape-Rite for my brother. There never was a Model A offered. The main difference between this and earlier models is the motor drive being mounted on the left side on the older ones. I've collected dozens of photos of various Shape-Rite shapers. You can download the manual for your model at http://notforsale.net/old_iron/pdf/Shape-Rite_sm.pdf.

                        Shape-rite (Havir) quit making these by the 1960's, but continued making punch presses. I believe these were made between the late 1930's and the early '60's. They went out of business in the early 1970's after being sued by a number of operators of their punch press who were injured while using them. Does yours have a 1/2 h.p. 1725 rpm motor?

                        Dan
                        Salem, Oregon

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Galaxie View Post

                          Linked below is the best book I have found. It's a pretty big PDF, about 95MB.

                          Suggested Unit Course in Shaper Work (1944):
                          http://www.lecollectionneur.ch/docum...-course-in.pdf

                          Others that you can find on the internet:
                          "How To Run A Metal Working Shaper" by South Bend
                          "Planer Work, Shaper and Slotter Work" (1914)
                          "The Shaping Machine" by Ian Bradley
                          Thank you Sir!

                          Very useful info. The Books.

                          Read them (and others) if you want to run a a small 7 inch shaper.

                          JR
                          My old yahoo group. Bridgeport Mill Group

                          https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...port_mill/info

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                          • #14
                            [QUOTE=Michael Edwards;n1910149]Kay Fisher's Metal Shaper Columns

                            http://www.neme-s.org/shapers/shaper_columns.html[/QUOT

                            Yeah, I do Like Kay's book.

                            My Logan was nice to see.

                            Still; waiting on my check, not for the photos.

                            Kidding again. My photos are mine.

                            Just my write up. JR

                            My old yahoo group. Bridgeport Mill Group

                            https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...port_mill/info

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                            • #15
                              Shaper of the month by Kay Fisher.
                              Its a silly small Logan FYI JR

                              http://www.neme-s.org/shapers/column...column_45.html
                              My old yahoo group. Bridgeport Mill Group

                              https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...port_mill/info

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