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US Patent: 5,908X
Machine for cutting mouldings
Samuel Kennedy - New York, NY

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woodworking machines : cutter head machines : molders


Not known to have been produced


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Granted: Apr. 10, 1830

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Most of the patents prior to 1836 were lost in the December 1836 Patent Office fire. Only about 2,000 of the almost 10,000 documents were recovered. Little is known about this patent as both patent specification and drawings are lost.

From the July 1830 Journal of the Franklin Institute: "We are told that 'the principle of the rotary moulding cutters, is the forming of mouldings, such as are used by carpenters, frame makers, and others, by a rotary motion; previous to this the way was always to stick with planes by hand.'

The claim is to the wheels used with irons or cutters to form or cut one or more mouldings on one or both sides of the board at the same time; the cutting wheels for the purpose of producing mouldings being considered as entirely original.

A similar machine has been regularly at work in New York ever since December, 1828, at which time a patent for it was granted to Mr. William Woodworth, of that state, who has since established them in other places. An account of this machine will be found at page 199, vol. iii. new series.It has been used principally for the planing, tongueing, and grooving, of flooring boards, but the 'cutting into mouldings, either plank, boards, or other material' is mentioned in the title, and is distinctly designated;in the claims made, 'the application of cutter wheels' for "cutting mouldings in wood, stone, metal, or other material," are among the terms used. We see nothing in the present machine differing in principle from Mr. Woodworth's, or which, in our estimation, can be called an improvement upon it."

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