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    Molding heads can be fun

    For those of you that work with clay, a different idea may come to mind.
    For the wood worker it is all together different.
    THese are the three, 3 wing cutters I use most frequently on my unisaw. The larger is a craftsman that a friend has me hold for him. He would rather I have it on my saw than on his .
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    As you can see in the photo below I am prepared to use the triple bead, just like one Greg Cook had shown in a recent posting.
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    Exercising caution and using safety measures at all times, the results are usually fabulous.
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    The triple bead looks good!

    Question for you.... Do you have to take multiple passes with the molding head, or can it be done is a single pass?

    thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Wright View Post
    The triple bead looks good!

    Question for you.... Do you have to take multiple passes with the molding head, or can it be done is a single pass?

    thanks!
    A single pass will work just fine, when the knives are sharp and even when they are not, it is usually just one pass.
    The table saw molding knives get us into wooden throat plates for the table saw which I find becomes a learning process too. Too exciting to be omitted.
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    Very cool, Shaz... Thanks.

    I guess I better get out my Delta, tighten everything down well and see what patterns I can make with the blades I have.

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    Is there a minimum Hp requirement for a table saw to use a molding cutter?

    Shaz, how many Hp is your TS?

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Cook View Post
    Very cool, Shaz... Thanks. ( You are welcome, exercise caution and all will work out fine.) S

    I guess I better get out my Delta, tighten everything down well and see what patterns I can make with the blades I have.
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    Is there a minimum Hp requirement for a table saw to use a molding cutter? ( This is something I do not know, but I'll bet 3/4 HP would work.) We need ask the more well versed machine people. S

    Shaz, how many Hp is your TS? ( the one I run my molding heads on is an old "Delta" unisaw that may have been up graded. I am more Artsy than motor minded, so much to other people's dismay, I dunno... ) S

    Thanks!
    Hi Sean,
    The tablesaw molding is a great compliment to the router and the shaper. The knives are usually 1" wide with a nice standard set of profiles available.
    When running stock through the table saw it is best to use the largest piece you have as this will cut down of the vibration incurred by molding a piece of wood.
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    Well, I got out the Delta molding attachment and then realized I didn't have a throat plate for it. A piece of my cedar stock and my scroll saw and I had a quick and dirty that would work. I put a sacrificial fence on and made a shallow cut. All looked good, so I raised the blade and ran the board through.

    Interesting pattern.... I've got about 4 patterns, I think, including the ribbed one Shaz posted above.













    Sean,

    My saw is a 1.5hp Delta contractor saw, running on 220VAC. The board is cedar, which is soft. I have some oak I will try later.
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    I've got one of those deals, in a two-winged cutter with various shape knives that I inherited. They scare me just laying in the box in a drawer. Dunno if I'll ever use them. Intended to once. Put on saw and started. The whizzing sound and wind it caused scared me. I shut off, removed and never tried again. Mebbe someday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Cook View Post
    Well, I got out the Delta molding attachment and then realized I didn't have a throat plate for it. A piece of my cedar stock and my scroll saw and I had a quick and dirty that would work. I put a sacrificial fence on and made a shallow cut. All looked good, so I raised the blade and ran the board through. Way to go Greg, I knew you could, I knew you could . You took the idea all the way through from setting your knives to making a throat plate and sacrificial fence. S

    Interesting pattern.... I've got about 4 patterns, I think, including the ribbed one Shaz posted above.
    Counting down to picture #5,The one with the large 1/4 round on the right of the profile, I think you will find that to be just about the max you want to cut. Those knives are used as multi purpose such as, just running the 1/4 round, or just the simple single bead but there have been times when the entire profile as you have run is used. Be creative but safe. S













    Sean,

    My saw is a 1.5hp Delta contractor saw, running on 220VAC. The board is cedar, which is soft. I have some oak I will try later.
    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    I've got one of those deals, in a two-winged cutter with various shape knives that I inherited. Frank, show us a photo of the two wing cutters, they may be like the ones I use regularly, Mine are great, DEWALTS. S They scare me just laying in the box in a drawer. Dunno if I'll ever use them. Intended to once. Put on saw and started. The whizzing sound and wind it caused scared me. I understand the noise, a real surprise difference from the whiiir of a blade. S I shut off, removed and never tried again. Mebbe someday.
    Basically, what Greg has done is discover a new and inexpensive way to make fancy base board for around the house and it is also great for long runs of a built up frieze below the crown. I use it for casing around doors and windows, for decorative touches on furniture and cabinets, to create my own beaded ceiling or paneling, so many uses. Have fun and work smart.
    Shaz
    P.S. Start by using a large piece of wood you feel safe holding on to and running through the saw/molder
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    Shaz,

    Interesting about the blades being "multi cut". However, I would think that maybe the 1/4 round would be better on a router table/bit..? I am now interesting in seeing what other blades I can find...maybe on craigslist, garage sales...etc..

    Frank,

    The blades "lock" in place with the allen set screws, so I feel pretty safe using the unit. I still remember first turning on my router...and the whirrrrrrrr sound it made. That was a bit intimidating too, but now I love using it.

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