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Advanced Mortise and Tenon Joinery with Shaper Origin

Level up your mortise and tenon joinery with Shaper Origin. In this show, we'll show you how to design and cut advanced mortise and tenons for casework using Origin and Studio. Plus, get a sneak peek at our latest project with Phil Morley!

June 13, 2024

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Your First Mortise and Tenon with Shaper Origin

Get started cutting your first mortise and tenon with Shaper Origin, as we show you step-by-step how to set up and route a perfect joint, including material selection, workspace setup, and a variety of router bits to help you get the job done. Even if you've cut dozens of mortise and tenons on Origin, make sure to tune in to see what you might be missing to improve your process.

May 30, 2024

Router Bit Deep Dive

Find the right router bit for the job with this in-depth explanation of router bit geometry, materials, and more.

May 16, 2024

Dovetail Joinery with Origin + Workstation

With Shaper Origin, cutting dovetails has never been easier — regardless of your stock dimensions, bit selection, or joint design. In this show, we'll demonstrate our best tips for several styles of dovetail, including half-blind dovetails and joints with unequal spacing.

May 2, 2024

Domino Joinery with Origin + Plate

Festool Dominos are a great way to join everything from cabinetry to furniture, and our latest addition to the Hardware Catalog makes Dominos easy to install with Shaper Origin. Tune in to see three ways to install Dominos using Origin and Plate, including a great trick for installing Dominos in the middle of a panel.

April 18, 2024

Studio Update - Single Line Fonts and Reference Paths

This week on Sessions, we're diving into Studio and checking out a few recent updates. Reference paths help you draw over Trace captures. Single line fonts assist you in engraving names, dates, and more. Expanded character sets allow you to work in a wider variety of languages. And last but not least, our new font picker makes it easier than ever to find the fonts you're looking for.

April 4, 2024

Inlay and Marquetry with Shaper Origin

Inlays are a great way to level up your woodworking, and Origin makes it easier than ever to get started. In this show, we're covering all our tips for inlays and marquetry, while walking you through one of our favorite projects from start to finish.

March 8, 2024

Grids, Small Parts, and Vertical Workholding with Workstation (Candy Machine Part 3 of 3)

We're wrapping up our candy machine build with Shaper Workstation, our solution for fixturing a wide variety of parts. In this week's show we'll cover setting up for small parts and vertical parts, along with a deeper dive into Origin's Grid function.

February 23, 2024

Cutting Acrylic with Shaper Origin (Candy Machine Part 2 of 3)

Did you know that you can cut acrylic, soft metals, and other materials besides wood with Shaper Origin? This week, we're continuing our three-part series taking you step-by-step through a great starter project - a plywood candy machine. This Thursday, part two will be covering how to cut acrylics and other plastics, correct bits and settings, as well as a special announcement for an upcoming contest!

February 9, 2024

Cutting Plywood with Shaper Origin (Candy Machine Part 1 of 3)

Ever wondered where to get started with Shaper Origin? This week we're starting a three-part series taking you step-by-step through a great starter project - a plywood candy machine. We're kicking it off by routing the plywood parts, and while we're at it we'll show you how to deal with some of the most common beginner's mistakes.

January 26, 2024

Meet the Hosts

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Jake

Jake is a Senior Applications Specialist at Shaper and is fast becoming one of the most experienced Origin users in the world. Outside of Shaper, Jake is an artist and an avid wood turner.

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Russ is a designer and engineer who uses the latest manufacturing technology to bring humanity to our manufactured world, from generative organic shapes to customizable parametric designs. He began working at Shaper Tools in 2021.

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Sam was raised on a farm in rural New Zealand and trained as an architect. He’s previously worked as a technical director in the film and advertising industry and now works at Shaper Tools as a product futurist. When not in the Shaper workshop, he can usually be found working in his home shop.

Shawn is the Product Lead for Origin. He came to Shaper via the worlds of movie magic and consumer electronics in 2017. His favorite thing is to use Origin to bring an idea to life in less than an hour.

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I just want to give you guys HUGE KUDOS for the Shaper Sessions series and the amount of other videos available. They have been tremendously helpful to me as I learn to use my SO. Love this tool and I learn how to incorporate it into my design and work more and more each day. Thanks again!

Hud Peters

As a Shaper owner, I wanted to thank you for the Shaper Sessions—I have found them very useful and inspirational for how to use Origin.  I’m typically not able to watch them live, but have gone back and viewed almost all of them later on.

Adam Woodbury

Another interesting presentation form the Shaper team and their guest! These sessions are great for introducing new ideas to people like myself who would never have thought of this type of application. Thanks!

Peter Quinn

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