Small Raised Panel
Machining a small (3/4 X 7 1/8 X 7 ½") cherry raised
panel (like the one shown on the right and
in a bigger picture here) on a shaper with a 7"
diameter cutter (at 6,000 rpm) can be very dangerous.
Fortunately for me, I own a Rojek KPF300 A Combination
Saw and Shaper with Aluminum sliding table.
For ease, accuracy and safety I used the sliding table as
support and to push the panel past the cutter. The 1-5/8"
long profile made manual operation out of the question for
me. I took off the two wooden guides from the shaper fence
and used the tool shroud and vacuum hose. I then set up the
wooden vertical hold down shoe to keep the workpiece pressed
to the table.
In using the sliding table, I adjusted the cross cut fence
so that the wooden end was clear of the hold down shoe. I
placed a backing board ¾" X 2" X 18" and fixed it with a clamp.
Next, for a reference point I pulled the aluminum "L" extrusion
back on the rip fence so I could place 1/8" of the rear corner
of the panel next to it prior to using the Rojek steel cam
action vertical hold down clamp on the panel.
The results are amazing. In short order I was able to shape
all four sides of the panel. The profile was very smooth and
will require very little sanding. Also there was no shaper
The same results can be done with the Rojek FSN 300FA or
a FSN 300 F with sliding table and wooden sled.