Patents Examined by W. Donald Bray
  • Patent number: 6712104
    Abstract: A router jig apparatus for forming dowel which can be used for stair railings, in particular. The router jig apparatus includes a support table having a tabletop and leg members for supporting the tabletop; and also includes a router assembly including a motor being attached to an underside of the tabletop and also including a router bit being actuated by the motor; and further includes a template assembly including a plate being movably disposed upon a top of the tabletop, and also including a work piece support member being disposed upon the plate for supporting a work piece to be routed by the router bit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Inventor: John E. Latshaw
  • Patent number: 6712106
    Abstract: A dust bag for wood working machine includes a first open end with which a mounting piece is engaged so as to be mounted to a blow outlet of the wood working machine, and a second open end which is cooperated with a securing device such that the second open end is secured to a bucket. The dust bag is made of air-permeable material and the wood shreds are blown into the dust bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Inventor: Chin-Feng Wang
  • Patent number: 6708743
    Abstract: A stump-grinding apparatus includes a block having an inner surface and an outer surface. The inner surface is adjacent to a side of the wheel between the center of wheel and the peripheral edge. The outer surface defines both a groove and a first aperture in the groove. A tooth is received into the groove. The tooth has a first end and a second end spaced from the first end. The second end defines a second aperture that can align with the first aperture. A fastener extends through the first and second aperture to fasten the tooth to the block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Bucktooth Grinding Company LLC
    Inventor: Robert P. Ziehm
  • Patent number: 6705363
    Abstract: A log processor and log processing method scans a log (L) at a first station (18) so that the longitudinal centerline (32) and a sawing scheme for the log can be automatically determined by a controller (4). The log is oriented at a second station (24) so that the longitudinal centerline is oriented with respect to a vertical plane passing through the feed line. The position of the log is automatically adjusted at third and fourth stations (36, 42) so that the saw blade path (56) through the log is generally parallel to the feed line as the log passes a log exit (12) and through a saw (14). The sawing scheme can include variable tapering sawing from split taper sawing to full taper sawing. Differential steering chain assemblies (37) may be used at the fourth station and may each include continuous loop, log-engaging chains (106) which engage the log above and below the log. Log chipping, profiling heads (62) may be used on either side of the feed line, such as at a fifth station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Inventors: Ronald W. McGehee, Rory M. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 6705364
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for splitting logs which includes a combination of an impact wrench and a conical screw-form wedge. A first step involves providing an impact wrench and a conical screw-form wedge. A second step involves coupling the conical screw-form wedge to the output coupling of the impact wrench. A third step involves placing the apex of the conical screw-form wedge against a log and activating the rotary and reciprocating movement of the impact wrench. The combined rotary and reciprocating movement of the impact wrench drives the conical screw-form wedge into the log. The described combination is a compact, portable and comparatively inexpensive log splitting apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Inventor: Charles Robert Ellison
  • Patent number: 6701984
    Abstract: The process is used for making individual wood boards (52) from a plurality of wood pieces (10). In this process, wood pieces (10) of similar length and are joined side by side so as to form a panel (30). The panel (30) is then cut in a longitudinal direction with reference to the wood pieces (10) into panel sections (40) having a similar width. These panel sections (40) are jointed end to end to form a continuous wood board (50), which is then cut into individual wood boards (52). This process allows to manufacture wood boards (52) with a high degree of structural integrity and dimensional stability. It also allows to efficiently use small wood pieces (10) that could have been considered otherwise waste or low-grade materials, thereby increasing the yield of the sawmill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: 9069-0470 Quebec Inc.
    Inventors: Ghislain Lamontagne, Oliver Lamontagne
  • Patent number: 6701983
    Abstract: A peripherally driven veneer lathe employs a knife with an improved shape which increases the deflection resistance of the cutting edge and improves its cutting ability. A cutting edge (7c) is positioned on the flank side a predetermined distance (H) away from a point (X) of intersection of an extended plane of a cutting face (7a) and that of a flank (7b) of a knife (7) toward the downstream of the rotation of a log. The cutting face immediately following the cutting edge (7c) is formed as a connecting curved surface (7d) coinciding with a concentric arc distanced from the trajectory (G) of rotation of piercing projections (4a) of a peripheral-drive member (4) with a predetermined gap (S). Preferably, the angle (&agr;) formed by a line (D) tangent to the connecting curved surface (7d) at the cutting edge and the flank (7b) is roughly equal to the sharpness angle (&bgr;: 18° to 25°) of the conventional knife.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: Meinan Machinery Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Masaru Koike
  • Patent number: 6699108
    Abstract: A rotary woodworking machine includes first, second and third rotary woodworking members, and a dust collecting mechanism. The dust collecting mechanism includes first, second, and third dust collecting units for collecting wood dust generated during a woodworking operation of the first, second and third rotary woodworking members, respectively, a dust accommodating unit for receiving the wood dust from the first, second and third dust collecting units, and a blower mechanism which is connected to and which is in fluid communication with the dust accommodating unit and which is operable so as to draw the wood dust in the dust accommodating unit out of the rotary woodworking machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Inventor: Pei-Lieh Chiang
  • Patent number: 6698478
    Abstract: A mobile silvicultural apparatus for use in a land of trees comprising mature trees and immature trees. The apparatus includes a steerable wheeled support frame, an articulated boom, a motor system, and a control system. The steerable wheeled support frame has a horizontally extending ground-clearing section, and first and second opposite vertical side sections. The ground-clearing and side sections define a tunnel-shaped passage through which the immature trees are allowed to pass as the support frame travels thereover. The articulated boom is mounted to the support frame for selectively manipulating the mature trees. The motor system is used for imparting motion to the support frame and the control system is used for controlling the steerable support frame, the motor system, and the articulated boom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Les Equipments Nokamic, Inc.
    Inventor: Louis-Phillippe Nault
  • Patent number: 6698476
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a structure supporting a circular blade, a carriage on the structure for linear movement relative to the blade, and a lathe mounted on the carriage, the lathe rotatably supporting a workpiece in proximity to the blade. In one aspect, the support structure is pivotally connected to the carriage to allow pivoting of the lathe between an orientation for engagement of the workpiece with the blade and an orientation in which the workpiece is supported remote from the blade to facilitate operations on the workpiece with a tool implement other than the blade. In another aspect, the support plate is moveable with respect to the carriage in a direction orthogonal to a line parallel with the direction of allowed movement of the carriage relative to the frame, and a pattern plate is mounted to the support plate to control workpiece depth of cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Inventor: Eric J. Baculy
  • Patent number: 6698479
    Abstract: A log catcher for catching and holding logs which fall from a log splitter which is supported upon an I-beam. The log catcher comprises five parallel cylindrical rods each having two ends, a horizontal first cross-beam attached to the rods at one end, and a horizontal second cross-beam attached to the rods at the other end. The log catcher further comprises an angular cross-beam having evenly spaced holes through which the rods extend at a point which is substantially closer to the second cross-beam than to the first cross-beam. All five rods are evenly spaced throughout. Each rod has a right angle bend, thereby forming a curved portion, wherein the falling logs may be effectively contained. In use, the log catcher is positioned below the I-beam, and the second cross-beam and the angular cross-beam effectively bracket the lower surface of the I-beam, thereby imparting additional stability to the log catcher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Inventor: Warner Kelso
  • Patent number: 6694566
    Abstract: This invention relates to a two-piece grommet adapted for holding a cable in an aperture, such as in a desk or work surface so as to absorb any strain imposed on the cable and to provide an attractive covering for the hole drilled to pass the cable. The grommet consists of two portions. The first portion comprises a cylindrical sleeve having a circular lip. The second portion comprises a cap having an extended flange and adapted to frictionally fit into the cylindrical sleeve and against the lip. The cap has an aperture cut into it through which the cable passes. A pivotal tab is connected under the cap to close the aperture when no cable passes therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventor: Douglas A. J. Mockett
  • Patent number: 6695021
    Abstract: A molding machine for machining workpieces of wood or plastic material has a transport path for transporting workpieces in a transport direction and adjustable spindles arranged sequentially in the transport direction on the transport path. Tools are fixedly connected on the spindles. Adjusting elements are drivingly connected to the spindles. First indicator devices are coupled to the adjusting elements and indicate a position of the spindles relative to a reference point of the machine, respectively. At least one data storage device is connected to the indicator devices and configured to save position data of the spindles and to allow retrieval of the position data of the spindles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Michael Weinig Aktiegesellschaft
    Inventor: Heinrich Englert
  • Patent number: 6691751
    Abstract: The subject of the invention is a grapple harvester which is equipped with a felling and cutting device (14), a feeder (12) and delimbing devices (9, 10, 11, 13). The grapple harvester according to the invention is equipped with a bulk handling device (4) which is arranged to grip together several trees, which are usually gathered one by one and, preferably, whilst in the vertical position, for cutting by the grapple harvester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Outokummun Metalli Oy
    Inventors: Veikko Kettunen, Kari Kinnunen, Jussi Makkonen
  • Patent number: 6688349
    Abstract: A hand planing machine has a housing composed of a plurality of shells tightly connected with one another, a planing shaft, a motor for driving the planing shaft, means forming a chip withdrawing opening, the motor and the chip withdrawing opening being arranged axes-parallel to one another and extending outwardly at a same side, the shells including a single cover shell which simultaneously surrounds the motor and the chip withdrawing opening and forms a lateral outer surface of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Shila Roshilavati Razlan, Juergen Gairing, Juergen Stoeger, Marco Braun
  • Patent number: 6688352
    Abstract: The invention relates to a work center for wood working including: a support base (1) for the pieces to be worked; a structure (6), mobile along said base in the direction of a first numerically controlled axis (X); a support (12) of a tool group (13) mounted on said structure and mobile, under numeric control, along a second axis orthogonal the first two, wherein a second tool group (15) is provided, mounted on said support (12), said second tool group (15) being mobile between a first position in which it fits completely within said support (12) and a second position in which said second tool group protrudes from the said support (12). According to a second preferred embodiment, the machine includes, mounted onto the same structure (6), a second carriage mobile along said second axis and supporting a second tool group mobile along said third axis (Z) orthogonal to the first two.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Uniteam S.p.A.
    Inventors: Sante Marchioro, Valentino Borriero
  • Patent number: 6688351
    Abstract: An adjustable profiling head for a wood cutting apparatus. There is a first body portion for carrying a plurality of first knives and a second body portion for carrying a plurality of second knives. The cutting edges of the knives define respective cutting surfaces of revolution about an axis that have different mean diameters for the two body portions. In one aspect of the invention, the body portions are adapted to receive the respective knives by associated knife clamping mechanisms that are adapted to be removably mounted to the body portions with one or more first control plates therebetween, for adjusting the radial positioning of the knives. In another aspect of the invention, the body portions are adapted to be removably mounted to each other so that the body portions are disposed axially adjacent one another with one or more second control plates therebetween, for adjusting the relative axial positioning of the knives of one of the body portions with respect to the knives of the other body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Key Knife, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley R. Stager, John S. Luecke
  • Patent number: 6684923
    Abstract: A feed roll for tree handling has a number of resiliently mounted strips which substantially cover its outer face. The strips have leading and trailing edges shaped to interdigitate with one another. A layer of resilient material is located between the strips and a drum. The resilient material has a hardness of 80 or less on the Shore scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Risley Enterprises Ltd.
    Inventor: Reggald E. Isley
  • Patent number: 6685116
    Abstract: A crushing apparatus is provided for crushing a printed circuit board on which electronic components are mounted into pieces of a size ranging from a few to ten centimeters square and separating some of the components and sheathed wires from the printed circuit board. The crushing apparatus comprises a rotor 3 having a substantially conical or truncated conical projected center 6 mounted at the center of rotation thereof, a plurality of extensions 3a thereof extending from the conical projected center 6 radially and horizontally, and studs 3 and 4 mounted on the extensions 3a thereof. A drive motor 8 is provided for rotating the rotor 3, a cylindrical case 1 accommodates the rotor 3 therein, and a plurality of studs 2 mounted are on the inner side of the cylindrical case 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takao Hisazumi, Takeshi Uemura, Nobuo Terada, Yoshiaki Furuya, Shoichi Irie, Kaoru Shimizu, Norio Hirata
  • Patent number: 6681818
    Abstract: The two boom members and hydraulic cylinders of a knuckle boom tree harvesting machine are so arranged and proportioned that with a single control movement during reaching and retracting actions the working tool head is made to travel in an approximately horizontal path. The cylinders and control valve are so connected that during horizontal reaching action load-supporting pressurized oil from a collapsing cylinder is not required to be dumped to the reservoir in the conventional heat generating manner, but is rather shunted directly to an extending cylinder where it continues to do useful load support work. Energy waste to hydraulic oil heat and fuel consumption is significantly reduced. Although these advances have been particularly developed for disc saw felling and stroke delimbing of trees they can also be applied to other knuckle boom applications where horizontal reaching is a major function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Tigercat Industries Inc
    Inventor: John Kurelek