Re: [CR] was: Re: Bilaminated Frame Construction, now: shaping machine

Date: Thu, 20 May 2004 09:29:52 -0400
From: jamie swan <>
Subject: Re: [CR] was: Re: Bilaminated Frame Construction, now: shaping machine
To: Anvil Bikeworks <>
References: <000001c43e6c$9d8f2290$9569bf3f@D8W8FB21>

Shapers are still popular with the home shop machinists and model engineers who do one off work. The main reason being that you can make unusual shapes using an inexpensive single point tool. These guys are more concerned with material and tooling cost then labor costs. Shapers are also handy for making splines and key ways. In the bike world it would be a great tool to remove a frozen seat post...

Anyway, I'm not so sure this is the "shaping machine" that Mick is referring to.

Jamie Swan - Northport, N.Y.

Anvil Bikeworks wrote:
> The only shapers I familiar with these days are shaping head attachments
> that can be installed on a conventional knee mill. Basically, the device
> turns rotary motion into linear motion that in turn "pushes" a cutter across
> a piece of material. A simple analogy would be that it is much like a
> carpenter would push a chisel across a piece of wood. Shapers can remove a
> lot of material quickly and they were a lot more popular when cutting tool
> technology was not as advanced as today. Shapers are rarely seen anymore.
> My Dad used to have a big shaper in his shop when I was a kid but he says he
> hasn't used one in more than 30-years now and said that he doesn't miss
> them, modern milling machines being much more versatile and faster.
> Cheers!
> Don Ferris
> Anvil Bikeworks, Inc.
> Littleton, Colorado
> Ph: 303.471.7533 / 303.919.9073
> Fax: 413.556.6825
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> In a message dated 5/20/2004 4:39:24 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> writes:
> << H.R.Morris (titch) once told me that he used a shaping
> machine to cut his patterns for his fancy extensions (stems). >>
> What's a "shaping machine?"
> Dale Brown
> Greensboro, NC