Published by Stobart & Son Ltd London
As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 138
The Spindle Moulder (or Shaper if you prefer the American term) is an extraordinarily powerful and versatile machine. It is also regarded as one of the most dangerous machines in general use by woodworkers.
Most of the spindle moulders discussed in this book are large. They are therefore capable of a much wider scope of work than those commonly employed by recreational woodworkers. But the principles remain the same.
The Spindle Moulder Handbook is a revised edition of an earlier (1986) smaller format book by Eric Stephenson and carries the recommendation of the (UK) Health & Safey Executive.
The Chapter headings indicate the subjects that the book covers: Machine Setting, Cutter & Grinding Wheel Materials, Face and Profile Grinding, Straight Moulding, Jigs and Fixtures, Circular Work and Attachments and Variants.
The text is clearly written and each chapter is well illustrated with many new photos and diagrams compared with the previous edition. Throughout the book there is a constant emphasis on safety.
While anyone who is serious about understanding the operation of Spindle Moulders and learning to operate them safely and efficiently will first wish to read the book from cover to cover, it is probably as a reference that the Spindle Moulder Handbook will achieve its greatest long term value.
Chapter 1 - Introduction
2 - Machine Setting
3 - Cutter & Grinding Wheel Materials
4 - Face and Profile Grinding
5 - Straight Moulding
6 - Jigs and Fixtures
7 - Circular Work
8 - Attachments and Variants