hi Richard!... you can only do one reed or one flute at a time...unless you were doing a flat piece, like a pilaster that has three flutes, for example... just grind a single knife that would have three flute cutters with the proper spacing between the cutters...adjust the height of the spindle and begin cutting... the benefit being all is done in one pass... of course, this would be done when doing a considerable amount of footage...if doing a small number of pilasters, simply cut one at a time, adjusting the height of the spindle for each flute location...but if the piece is round, such as a leg, bed post, pole, vase etc., you can only do the one cut at a time, much like you would do on a legacy... the big benefit of using this type of spindle, is that you can easily grind the knife you need to any custom shape required to do any job... and that you only need the one knife, not two, as done on today's typical shaper heads...with the key factor that you only do small milling cuts into your work piece... it's when you begin to get "greedy" and use larger knives, is when this type of set-up is dangerous to use... again, none of this is directly legacy related, but there is/was a set up for use in a router that would allow a person to grind their own profile, which would mimic this operation and thus allow a legacy user to not be confined to existing router bits or having custom router bits made to suit their project...joe b.
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