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Greetings one and all,

 

Has anyone had experience of, or have owned, the Proxon MT 300 Micro Shaper?

 

I am considering buying one but thought it best to consult my peers first.

 

I look forward to receiving words of wisdom.

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Mike. 

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Mike,

 

Hmmm, no I have not heard of this tool. But you spiked my interest as well.  This may be informational for you

 

 

Possibly other members could address how this tool works with much much smaller wood pieces for adding trim detail to planks?

 

R/

 

Michael

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Thanks QA but these are both too big for what I have in mind. It is micro/minature shaping that I am looking at. I have used and owned my fair share of normal router tables, even made my own on a couple of occasions, and I still possess a pair of ELU tools. What I have in mind is the batch production of such items as knees and corner braces that can be produced to shape in a length of say 10 x 10mm material and then simply sliced up by saw.

 

Thank you for your interest and I hope I do not sound ungrateful.

 

Mike.

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Have a look at this Mike.

 

http://miniatures.about.com/od/cuttingtools/f/Where-To-Find-Router-Bits-Or-Cutters-For-Scale-Mouldings-And-Dolls-House-Trims.htm

 

There also seems to be a limited range of 3.2 mm shank cutters so make sure you can get the profiles you need. Must say I was unaware that you could get miniature moulding cutters with 1/4" shank.

 

Found this as well.

 

http://www.wealdentool.com/acatalog/miniature.pdf

 

http://www.wealdentool.eu/press/WWP_50th_issue.pdf

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Thank you cees,

 

My mind is made up .....nearly! I will probably end up with three more Proxon tools to go with my scroll saw.....or maybe four more. Happily retired as I am and with no major financial worries I still feel guilty about spending money on such things. Does anyone know a cure for this condition?

 

Mike.

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Mike, you got me thinking. I think a laminent cutter set in a small bench top router table would be perfect. plenty of power to cut fine details in hardwood. The chuck would be much smaller as well. I will probably make my own table that attaches to the front of my workbench for flexability :)

 

 

Bill

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thank you Nigel. There are two Proxxon machines on their web page and the dearer one is over $ 1,600-

They have two other Milling machines, the FF230 and FF500. Both of these are Milling Machines designed to cut metal, hence their spindle speeds of 180-2500 and 280-2500. The MF70 is really an overhead router given the 5000-20,000 spindle speed so seems to be designed for cutting wood and plastics. Ideal for most miniature wood working.

 

My Milling Machine only goes up to 2540 rpm but seems to cut wood fine, but I hasten to add the smallest cutter I've tried in it was 1/2" diameter!

 

If I need to cut really small soft stuff I'll mount a dremel on the head!

 

This is mine, probably a bit big for you :-)

 

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Thank you cees,

 

My mind is made up .....nearly! I will probably end up with three more Proxon tools to go with my scroll saw.....or maybe four more. Happily retired as I am and with no major financial worries I still feel guilty about spending money on such things. Does anyone know a cure for this condition?

 

Mike.

 

I think Dr. Per can help: http://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/474-therapy-for-shipaholics/

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  • 7 months later...

I have a number of Proxxon tools (9) and am very happy with them. I have mounted my Proxxon Router into a home made router table. It works well.

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I have used Perspex on the table top and to contain sawdust at the rear of the table. It hooks into a vacuum cleaner.

The aluminium fence is adjustable with a couple of wing nuts.

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The Router is easy enough to mount and access for height adjustment

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It is great for fine cuts such as the steps to my Cutter Mermaid which were 2 x 2mm

 

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I have the Triton Work Centre and the Triton 2400w saw to go with it - beast of a thing! The only time it would be useful for ship modelling was if you were building 1:1 - or maybe Noah's Ark!! I looked at the plunge router and table but the cost and limited amount of use I would have for it meant that couldn't justify its purchase (very unusual for me! :))

 

I have however purchased a Ryobi 350W Trimmer/Router (model EVT359RG). It was inexpensive ($100 at Bunnings) and easy to mount into a homemade table similar to the one I made for the Proxxon Mini Plunge Router. I use it to make display bases for my models - which are outrageously priced in hobby stores! - It paid for itself after 3 bases!

 

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The pedestals I knock up on my proxxon wood lathe

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