As one of the first materials worked by early humans, wood has been an integral piece to human advancement and survival. Over the centuries, tools like worked sticks from Kalambo Falls, spears from Schöningen, and wooden vessels from Kückhofen represent the use of and the working on wood has influenced human culture and advancement. Furthermore, wood was used in creating coffins, folding chairs, statues, and more. The use of wood has rooted itself in human history, and it continues to grow in use.

In this post, we’ll share a brief history on moulding machines used to work wood. Our goal is to share a bit of the past to promote the future. Electronic brakes are used to modulate speed in woodworking machines like a moulder. It’s important to understand where the machine originated to better predict where it’s going. One of those advancements is the more prominent use of electronic braking to more safely operate the machinery.

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The History of The Moulding Machine

Egypt, Rome, and China

Across many Egyptian drawings and art, woodworking is depicted. Furniture, tools, and weapons are all present in their culture. The inside of tombs, which were extravagant, in some cases, were lined with wood. Furthermore, as the Egyptians advanced their technology, so did their use of wood altogether, creating tools like axes, chisels, pull saws, and more to work more efficiently with wood.

Not only did the Egyptians use wood, so did the Romans. Across Rome, one of the primary materials was wood, and it was used for furniture, tools, buildings, transportation, fuel, and more. The study of wood, trees, and plants was prevalent across the culture, starting with Pliny.

Finally, China introduced woodworking tools like the plane and chalk line to the eventual global repertoire. Lu Ban Jing’s book was filled with dimensions for use in furniture, pots, buildings, and more, but the famous joinery know to come out of China was seemingly left out of this early recording of woodworking.

Modern Woodworking Moulders History

In 1870 America, moulding machines were introduced into the market. The first accreditation to create such a machine goes to Fay & Fisher, Lancaster, Mass. Back in 1848, C.B. Rogers began manufacturing of wood working machinery, and he soon associated himself with Fay to better his reputation and expand business.

The moulding machine continued development as more woodworkers began to discover the uses and benefits of having this machine at their disposal. H.B. Smith, specifically, has been accredited with introducing iron framing to the moulder machine. He also developed gibs and dovetail slides to be included along the frame. These two features guides the bed as it’s lowered or raised, and it reduces wear on the machine.

As the moulder advanced, so did the technology to build them. Now, we can use CNC machines to mass produce products faster and more efficiently without the waste or time consumption; however, woodworking moulders are still in use today. Skilled, handcrafted woodworking still utilizes the moulder machine to shape wood.

The Electronic Brake Experts

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