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US Patent: 78,215
Improvement in machines for polishing wood
John S. Loomis - Brooklyn, NY

USPTO Classifications:
144/38, 451/172, 451/446, 451/66

Tool Categories:
woodworking machines : sanding machines


Not known to have been produced

James P. McLean
James Younie

Patent Dates:
Granted: May 26, 1868

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This machine was written up in the July 1874 issue of "The Wisconsin Lumberman": "The Brooklyn (New York) Moulding and Planing Mill, belonging to Mr. John S. Loomis, is one of the most extensive establishments of its kind in the United States. In the line of mouldings, especially, a reputation has been built up by this factory which causes its products to be particularly sought for by the more thoroughly informed builders of the middle and eastern states. This desired reputation has been secured principally by the use of a machine which thoroughly smooths and perfects every piece of moulding manufactured. The machine is called Loomis' Sand-Papering Machine and is the invention of John S. Loomis, Esq. Letter patent were granted on the 26th of May, 1868, and improvements thereon, August 29, 1871. So many points of merit and value are observable in the machine that mention of them will interest the readers of the Wisconsin Lumberman. The machine will thoroughly and perfectly sand-paper thirty thousand feed per hour of any style or form of mouldings. The corners of the mouldings are left remarkably clear and sharp—more so even than when sand-papered by hand... So great has been the desire of parties interested in woodworking to secure machines, that Mr. Loomis has concluded that he will soon allow them to be placed upon the market. So rapid and perfect is the work accomplished by these machines that Mr. Loomis really owes it to the trade that they should come into general use; and we are glad to chronicle the fact that he intends placing them within reach of the moulding and woodworking mills. The mill belonging to Mr. Loomis employs one hundred hands constantly and does an annual business of $250,000. Illustrations of the sand-papering machine will soon appear in the Wisconsin Lumberman, when we shall expect to give a full and accurate description of it."

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