I have an old Rockwell model, probably produced in the 50's that I traded for some work many years ago. It's a one horsepower, 1/2" spindle but I've used it to make numerous doors and also for pattern shaping on chairs, legs, etc. Here's a picture of it with the parts for the barrister doors stacked behind it:
|Coped Pieces for Doors|
I feel comfortable enough using my shaper. The yellow wheels are excellent in preventing kickback and also holding the piece firmly onto the table. You can see that a lot of material is being removed at one time so a steady feed pressure is called for. In a production shop there would be a power feeder to control the stock and rate of feed. Maintaining a steady rate of feed is important in determining the final finish on the wood when using a shaper.
Since the temperature is not going down any time soon I really can't start assembling the case. In the morning I'll cut the pieces to final width and start the process of sanding all of the pieces of molding. I left the case sides and shelves an inch or so wider than needed so that I could rip clean edges after running the dado head for the grooves. Making good progress, now if only it'll cool down some so the assembly process can begin.