A woodworking machine is basically a machine designed to process wood in a very precise manner. Mostly these machines are run by electrical motors and are extensively used in woodworking. At times, grinding tools are also considered a component of woodworking machine.
In general, there are two types of woodworking machines – the universal woodworking machine and the custom woodworking machine. The universal machine can be used to work with all kinds of wood, from softwood to hardwood. On the other hand, a custom machine is specifically designed for a particular workpiece. The work piece can be any material, such as a square block, a rectangular block, a circle or a book mark. The custom machine may also be designed to remove workpieces when the required operation is complete.
There are two types of woodworking machines – the electric motor driven machine (EMR) and the chain drive electric motor driven machine (CDEM). An EMR refers to an electro-mechanical device that consists of a large number of electric motors which are controlled by a control circuit. An EMR requires extensive training before it can be used commercially, because every aspect of its operation is complex and intricate. A CDEM on the other hand, operates with the use of chains and electric motors, and these are generally less expensive than an EMR.
The three main types of woodworking machine are those based on the cutting motion, namely: blade machines, rip saws and grinders. A blade machine has both horizontal and vertical woodfeeders. The operation consists of a workpiece that is fed into the machine, and the blade does the cutting.
A rip saw is operated in much the same way as a table saw. A rip saw has a vertical blade that moves vertically in a horizontal direction. Rip saws generally have a deep diamond shape at the tip. A grinders works similarly to a router. It has a slot at the end for inserting the workpiece, and its blade spins at high speeds to grind or cut the material. A dust extractor is attached to dust collectors that can pull out the dust from the wheels of a wood grinding machine.
In addition to these general machines there are specialized ones such as those for joining and buttressing. In the joining business, the term buttressing refers to pressing two pieces of wood together. Woodworkers use them to make shelves, stretchers and boxes. Similarly, woodworkers use universal machines to join and grade lumber. They use these to make boxes, crates and furniture. A universal woodworking machine has universal motion and is versatile enough to do a host of jobs.
Many woodworkers also use hand tools to complete some of their jobs. Among these are routers, saws, sanders and chisels. Routers can be used to cross cut long boards and create intricate panels. The same tools can also be used to create intricate profiles. Chisels and sanders are used to remove minute portions of wood to build up the material for the panel or piece.
There are many kinds of woodworking machines. Most woodworkers own at least one electric drill machine. An electric drill machine allows woodworkers to quickly and accurately do woodworking cuts. The one downside to owning an electric drill machine is that it requires frequent power changes. An electric drill is usually better for beginners because it is less expensive than gas models and it doesn’t require frequent maintenance.
Woodworking machines that operate using steam or water are called steam machines. The most common use for these is to build up smaller workpieces. These include bowls, dishes and other containers. Shops that sell these kinds of supplies also usually have standup units where the workers can practice their techniques before bringing out the real machinery.
Woodworking milling machines are also used to build larger workpieces. These are more complex machines that are intended to last for several years. Most woodworkers own some type of stationary machine. Woodworking milling machines can be powered by steam, electricity, wood and gas. Stationary machines are still popular among craftsmen.
Some woodworkers prefer to use hand tools for larger projects. These are usually more expensive because wood is harder to work with when using hand tools. Hand tools need to be sharpened frequently and they take up more space than machines. However, many home-builders choose to use woodworking machines because of the difficulty in maintaining them and because they require very little space. These machines are usually powered by steam, wood and gas.