Craftsman Shaper Question
I had seen the question about using router bits with a Craftsman shaper from 2007, but thought I'd see if anyone might have fresh ideas.
I just got a deal on one of these that came in a bundle that made it basically free to me. My father has a cheapo shaper that you can chuck router bits right into, so I figured this would do that same. It doesn't!
I has a 1/2" fine threaded shaft that is about 3 1/2" tall. I can easily take the table top off and can block it up enough so that if I can thread a 1/2" collet adapter onto it, I could use it with router bits.
Has anyone seen anything like this out there? I'm thinking of buying an extension from MLCS and taking it to my machinist and having it modified to add a nut replace the shaft.
In that older post from 2007, someone suggested using a screw on drill chuck. Is that safe on something with router bits? That would be easiest to do.
I've seen other posts where people said it is underpowered. It only came with one bit, a 3/8" cove, and I used it on Oak and it seemed plenty powerful with that. Most of my uses are pretty small, rounding over edges, making slots, etc, so I don't really need a powerhouse. But I don't want to invest a large amount of money making it useful when I can buy one used for a few hundred dollars.
Thanks in advance