14 October 2010

Woodworking course - 6

This session we discovered the last main machine of the workshop, a shaper.

 With this we were able to make a groove and a small profile (rabbet) in the face  of our joint.  As the picture shows there is room for improvement. I did improve it a little afterwards by paring the back shoulder and cutting the style to length.

After doing (messing up) this joint I looked online for a shoulder plane.  Axminster had a cheap copy of the Record 311 to sell until last week .  But now there is only the more expensive Clifton 3110 (3 in 1) in the catalogue and the much cheaper Axminster No. 19 (Stanley 92) Shoulder Plane.  But alas, Derek Cohen is not very happy with the Stanley 92, as remove for honing means "undo the main screw… undo the small screw… remove the lever cap… wiggle out the blade. All settings are lost."

The better mouse trap
That's it for machines,  we have seen all the major machines of the workshop.  There are some more like a bandsaw and large sanding machines.  But the main activity is centred on the classic five that are also present on combination machines:  tablesaw,  jointer, planer,  horizontal morticer and shaper.  Where the tenon machine is more specialised.
On the long run it is a mouse trap as I become dependent of professional workshop machines.  One solution is to look out for a used combination machine, most are tri phased and that is an extra problem.  The feeder on the profiler is a safety must and is certainly complex and expensive.   The other solution is to focus on routers,  the woodrat for example goes a long way to cover most problem operations if the limited mortice depth (< 5cm 2") is not seen as a problem.

Still standing on the side line,  bandsaw and sander.