Types of Woodworking Machine Tools

A Woodworking Machine is an industrial-type machine which is meant to process wood into various products such as furniture, car parts etc. These machines are widely used in woodworking and are operated by electric motors. In some cases grinding machines along with the woodworking machine are also considered part of woodworking machines.

Basically a woodworking machine consists of two or more workpieces which are put together either manually or electrically. There is a common term “feed roller” which is used to describe the workpiece positioned over an electric or manual chuck. The roller is then pushed back and forth by a wire feed which is attached to the chuck.

The two basic categories of woodworking machines include either a table top or a vertical machine. The table top is placed on a workbench while the vertical is carried on an electric motor which is commonly located above the table. Both have a blade which can be manipulated manually or electronically. The blade is either fixed with pins and screws or operated by a spring or chain.

The most popular type of woodworking machines in use today are table top saws and vertical planers. The table top saws are basically identical with those used for cutting wood. However, they feature a large cutting area along with a circular saw. While the vertical planer basically functions similar to the table saw except that it features a blade designed in a diamond or angle style. This type of woodworking machinery is commonly found in home workshops.

A wood cutting device which is considered an accessory to a woodworking machine is the wood drill. Unlike other woodworking machines, the drill has no physical moving parts. The electric motor is attached to the table by a cord or chain. An electric drill allows the woodworker to drill small holes accurately into soft wood and other types of wood. Unlike the drill, wood drill requires a continuous flow of electrical current and may require an external power supply such as battery or solar panel. While this type of woodworking machine may not be as powerful as the drill, it is still an efficient means of woodworking machine lubrication and woodturning.

The other essential requirement for a woodworking machine and all other hand tools is the hand tool rack or shelf. This includes a set of five to eight hand tools, such as a jigsaw, an electric sander, a hand drill, and various hand tools including a planer. Most woodworkers stack these tools on top of one another to save valuable floor space. Most woodworking machines come with adjustable racks to accommodate different number of tools.

A third essential tool for any woodworkers shop or workshop is the planer. Planers are handheld, portable devices that are designed to hold a single material while creating detailed, round shaped cuts in various dimensions. Planers can be used for wood, plastic, metal, laminate and more.

Most woodworkers begin their day with a basic planer and finish up the day with a set of circular saws. A variety of different saws are available ranging from pocket, zero turn, center feed and angle cut. Circle saws are the most versatile of all saws because they allow woodworkers to cut a variety of different shapes and sizes while maintaining accurate angles during the cuts. Woodworkers can create beautiful furniture from simple pieces of wood with a circular saw.

Woodworkers also utilize a jigsaw and power sanders for detailed wood projects. Power sanders are the most commonly used power tools by woodworkers due to their versatility and ease of use. Typically, woodworkers will use a variety of different jigsaws and sander to complete their woodworking projects. A jigsaw is primarily used to crosscut, split and level pieces of wood. Some woodworkers also choose to utilize power sander when building materials or furniture.

Woodworkers need to have a variety of machines to carry out a variety of wood cutting jobs. A table saw, drill press and band saw are some of the more popular power tools. Band saws are useful for both crosscutting and ripping wood. They typically take special sheet materials to remove excessive waste during wood cutting operations.

The last piece of woodworking machinery needed by a woodworker is the lathe. Lathes can be either motorized or manually operated. While motorized versions of these machines tend to have a variety of extra features such as automatic swing and tilt motion, they generally cost more to purchase and may require that the user have a decent level of woodworking experience. On the other hand, manually operated machines are more affordable and can usually be purchased for the same price as a mid-range portable lathe.