Does anyone have experience with the W&H molder? It seems a little lightweight and before spending $2000 I'd sure like some feedback. We are a small custom furniture shop and need to make small runs of crown molding and other profiles.
I don't know where your located but I think they are demoing that machine up in Woburn, MA today at Woodcraft.
If you have any doubts about the longevity of this machine put them aside .
We used a W&H almost daily making moldings, base, crown up to 5 1/2"and arches of all types and sizes. These may look dinky underbuilt machines but they are anything but that. I can remember doing molding runs for doors in excess of 2500 feet with not a single problem The machiine is versatile, it is well constructed and will give many years of service.
Thanks Joe for the reply.
One reply mentioned shop built fixtures... Did you have to fisture the machine?
I'm not sure if its the model your looking for or if its the right location, but someone has one the is lightly used on the Woodworkers Guild of George message boards for $1500. Been there for a while so maybe can get a better price.
I like my W&H molder a lot.
IMHO it's a good choice for a small shop w/ modest molding requirements.
There is a bit of a learning curve and the machine benefits from some shop made fixtures.
If you purchase one I'd suggest a few practice runs.
thanks for the reply. Seems that responses are very positive. What kind of fixtures for what purpose?
Have you seen a W&H molder? It's a bare bones machine.
What sort of fixtures will depend on you, and what sort of work you do with it.
The factory supplied Operations Manual discusses some of this.
At the very least I'd suggest what W&H call a 'subplate'. Basically it's a piece of
Melamine or what-have-you that is attached to the bed. It's purpose is to insure that no knives come in contact with the cast iron bed. Task specific subplates are useful for operations such as arches or raised panels.
I'd recommend saving samples of the various moldings you produce. These will help you set up future runs. For things like crown keep two samples on hand. One with just the angle cuts and one with the profile.
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