I don't own one but have witnessed an indepth demo of the Magic Molder and
was impressed with the design and results. Way ahead of the others you
mentioned IMO. If you need such an animal it works as advertised.
I have the Craftsman and got it to make about 40 bead-board panels for a
kitchen remodel. It worked well - just hone the molding blades first before
using it. If you plan on using it a lot (say a light production shop) then
you would probably be better off with a different manufacture. Most molding
knives for the Craftsman go for under $15 for a set of 3 as I recall. Mine
came with a small selection of blades but I've only ever used the ones for
making the bead-board.
I too have the Craftsman and used it to make my own bead-board
wainscoting for a bathroom remodel. Worked like a champ. I also found
that touching up (lapping) the flat sides of the cutters on a fine stone
helped maintain the crispness of the beads.
I does make quite a whirring noise, but then again, so does my dado
Forgot to mention that when using these molding heads, the cutters are
only going to extend above the table surface at most 1/4" or so. It's
not like it's fully extended and taking big-honkin' bites out of the
wood - it's only scraping off the profile.
Upscale, I think it would certainly depend on the machining
characteristics of the wood. I was using the bead profile on MDF and
clear pine and was able to form the whole bead in one pass for both
materials. Occasionally, the pine exhibited a small bit of fuzzing
where, I assume, the grain was changing - easy to clean up with a 180 or
I guess my answer is, "it depends".
I needed to make some stock for rubber stamp holder for the wife. The only
way I could come up with with the equipment I have is a moulding cutterhead
for the TS. I have the set of cutters that are rounded on the ends. I'd
say it works pretty well, but it was a bit scary to fire up.
Thanks all for the suggestions. I guess I can find a used set of
Craftsman and give it a try. I'm a hobbiest, not doing production
work. The Molder Magic looks more stable but much more pricier.
I have a Craftsman set hanging on the wall with a "DO NOT USE!" on it. At
least not on a radial arm saw. One of the blades buried itself in the
garage door when a piece of wood bucked, even though the anti-kickback
device was down. Scared the CRAP out of me!
wrote in message
Conversation piece of course.
On one of my bulletin boards I've got a cheque sitting there for $0.05 that
some lawyers sent me when I transferred to one of their members starting his
own practice. It usually makes for great ridicule about lawyers when I point
it out to people.
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