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Offline mattbyington

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[Project 34] Cherry & Sapele Coffee Table
« on: July 16, 2020, 01:00 PM »
Well, I got the Shaper Origin recently. It is an absolute blast so far.

To celebrate, I wanted to make my first piece of furniture that incorporates a curve. It is crazy to think that I have not made anything with a single curve yet!

I designed a coffee table in Fusion 360 ... and off to the races we go.

Matt




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Offline mattbyington

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Re: [Project 34] Cherry & Sapele Coffee Table
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2020, 01:07 PM »





Offline ear3

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Re: [Project 34] Cherry & Sapele Coffee Table
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2020, 01:37 PM »
Nice. Shaper makes adding curved elements relatively trivial. I tend to prefer cutting a plywood template with the shaper, then using a flush trim bit to cut the wood. I find the cut quality us better than cutting directly with the shaper bit. For those sorts of atretchers/frame members, whether im cutting directly with the shaper or with the template, I also like making a final trimming cut with the miter saw so I get a perfectly straight registration surface for dominoing. Using stops to make the cuts ensures you're still getting identical lengths.
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Offline tallgrass

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Re: [Project 34] Cherry & Sapele Coffee Table
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2020, 04:09 PM »
I love the shaper. I had mine since the beginning. It has come a long way and is a great tool. The station they now sell is also a great piece of kit. Keep up the great work.

Offline ear3

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Re: [Project 34] Cherry & Sapele Coffee Table
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2020, 04:27 PM »
Just looking a bit closer at the design -- have you thought about thickening up those legs?  They are very thin for this sort of piece.  Could still be done by laminating a few boards together, though you would have some sanding to do to get the curves to line up after the glue up.  Or, as mentioned in my previous post, you could switch to the shaper-made template method and pattern rout them from some 6/4 or 8/4 stock.
Kapex KS 120 w/UG Cart and Extensions • CXS Set • T 18+3 w/Centrotec Installer's Set • PDC 18/4 • TID 18 • TS 75 • TSC 55 • HKC 55 w/250, 420 and 670 FSK rails • Carvex 420 w/Accessory Kit • Domino 500 Set • Domino 700 XL • OF 2200 w/Base Accessory Kit • OF 1400 • OF 1010 • MFK 700 EQ Set • LR 32 • MFS 400 w/2000, 1000, and 700 extensions • Rotex 90 • Rotex 150 • LS 130 • ETS-EC 150/5 • ETS-EC 150/3 • Pro 5 LTD • RTS 400 • RAS 115.04 • RS 2 • HL 850 • Vecturo OS 400 • AGC 18-115 • CT 26 w/BT module • CT Sys w/Long-Life Bag • MFT/3

Offline mattbyington

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Re: [Project 34] Cherry & Sapele Coffee Table
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2020, 02:02 PM »
@ear3 thanks so much man! I do wish I made the legs thicker...I wanted something I could cut out with the shaper without much extra sculpting. Oh well.

@tallgrass yeah it has been so much fun!! Station on the way for me ... ETA October, they say.

More progress on this thing.

Matt






Offline rmhinden

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Re: [Project 34] Cherry & Sapele Coffee Table
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2020, 03:07 PM »
@ear3 thanks so much man! I do wish I made the legs thicker...I wanted something I could cut out with the shaper without much extra sculpting. Oh well.

Curious, how deep a cut can it make?   

Bob

Offline tallgrass

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Re: [Project 34] Cherry & Sapele Coffee Table
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2020, 04:10 PM »
the depth of cut varies. Material and cutter and so on. The Shaper is not for hogging material. You are better removing less material per pass.

Offline tallgrass

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Re: [Project 34] Cherry & Sapele Coffee Table
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2020, 04:14 PM »
Matt, I recieved one of the first batch. Which was lucky. I actually love it. Making a station for it. This way I can have all the Shaper components in one roller cart. I am going to use Festool systainers and drawers. I am an organizational freak.

Offline ear3

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Re: [Project 34] Cherry & Sapele Coffee Table
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2020, 05:20 PM »
@rmhinden  1" is technically the max.  There are ways of tricking it into making a slightly deeper cut by artificially zeroing out the cutter to a different starting plane.  But yeah, if you want to work on thicker material, you have to go the template route.

@ear3 thanks so much man! I do wish I made the legs thicker...I wanted something I could cut out with the shaper without much extra sculpting. Oh well.

Curious, how deep a cut can it make?   

Bob
Kapex KS 120 w/UG Cart and Extensions • CXS Set • T 18+3 w/Centrotec Installer's Set • PDC 18/4 • TID 18 • TS 75 • TSC 55 • HKC 55 w/250, 420 and 670 FSK rails • Carvex 420 w/Accessory Kit • Domino 500 Set • Domino 700 XL • OF 2200 w/Base Accessory Kit • OF 1400 • OF 1010 • MFK 700 EQ Set • LR 32 • MFS 400 w/2000, 1000, and 700 extensions • Rotex 90 • Rotex 150 • LS 130 • ETS-EC 150/5 • ETS-EC 150/3 • Pro 5 LTD • RTS 400 • RAS 115.04 • RS 2 • HL 850 • Vecturo OS 400 • AGC 18-115 • CT 26 w/BT module • CT Sys w/Long-Life Bag • MFT/3

Offline Svar

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Re: [Project 34] Cherry & Sapele Coffee Table
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2020, 05:37 PM »
It seems straight and simple curve cuts like these are faster and easier to do with traditional tools. Less waste too.

Offline mattbyington

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Re: [Project 34] Cherry & Sapele Coffee Table
« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2020, 01:50 PM »
@tallgrass post pictures of that when you're done, I am curious to see it!

@rmhinden sounds like this was already answered. I think the *total* depth of travel is 1.75" on the Shaper but as already mentioned, that doesn't mean you can cut 1.75" deep unless your cutter is long enough that it is touching the material when the shaper is fully retracted, which is not really how it's designed.

In my opinion <1" is a good depth for Shaper. I usually do .75" max.

@Svar I think you're probably right. I was just having fun playing with the new tool.

Matt






Offline mattbyington

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Re: [Project 34] Cherry & Sapele Coffee Table
« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2020, 01:53 PM »





Offline cpw

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Re: [Project 34] Cherry & Sapele Coffee Table
« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2020, 02:25 PM »
@rmhinden  1" is technically the max.  There are ways of tricking it into making a slightly deeper cut by artificially zeroing out the cutter to a different starting plane.  But yeah, if you want to work on thicker material, you have to go the template route.

@ear3 thanks so much man! I do wish I made the legs thicker...I wanted something I could cut out with the shaper without much extra sculpting. Oh well.

Curious, how deep a cut can it make?   

Bob
I don't have a shaper (I'm quite on the fence), but having watched some of their videos.  For making these pieces, I think the better strategy would be to use the shaper to cut a 1/4" or so groove to define your curve.  Then cut the piece out with a bandsaw and use a flush trim bit to get the rest of it.  The shaper define the final curve for you, and you can use a faster tool for hogging out the bulk of the material.

Offline mattbyington

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Re: [Project 34] Cherry & Sapele Coffee Table
« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2020, 02:30 PM »
@cpw that's exactly what I did on every part of this project!

Matt