Miscellaneous Patents (Class 142/1)
  • Patent number: 9718210
    Abstract: A method of fabricating a wooden perch which is affordable, has a reduced chance of infection or infestation, and provides increased comfort for animals. The method of fabricating a wooden perch generally includes the steps of providing a piece of wood and using a wood crafting assembly to create natural, randomized contours along the exterior of the piece of wood to complete the wooden perch. The piece of wood is rotated along its length across a wood crafting assembly in two opposite directions to create an interwoven sine-wave pattern along its length. Random parts of the wood are then applied to the wood crafting assembly at random angles with random pressure levels to create a natural contour along the length of the perch. Mounting hardware may be included to aid in securing the perch to various surfaces, such as an indoor bird cage or an outdoor bird feeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Parrot Wizard Inc
    Inventor: Michael Sazhin
  • Publication number: 20130000782
    Abstract: A lathe accessory for a band saw including a foundation assembly adapted to attach to a table for the band saw. A translating layer assembly engages the foundation assembly and is permitted to move thereon. A carriage assembly is disposed on the translating layer, the carriage assembly further comprising a frame subassembly and a bulkhead subassembly, the frame subassembly further comprising an endwall adapted to support a left end of a workplace, and a front frame rail and back frame rail both connected to a frame leg to thereby slidably connect the frame subassembly to the translating layer. The bulkhead subassembly forms the other side of the carriage to secure the other end of the workpiece. Internal components within the bulkhead motorize the bulkhead, such that the workpiece can be turned and manipulated in two dimensions as the bandsaw blade cuts the rotating workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventor: Martin W. Schleehauf
  • Publication number: 20090173195
    Abstract: An adjustable wood lathe includes a platform which has two ends holding respectively a head and a tail seat and also holds a cutter dock in the middle. The head and the platform may be spaced from each other by wedging a plurality of pallets of different thickness between them. The platform and the tail seat also may be spaced from each other by wedging a plurality of pads of different thickness between them. The cutter dock has the top portion couplable with sleeves of different lengths. Thus the cutter rack located on the cutter dock is movable to adjust the elevation corresponding to a working piece to do cutting operation. By increasing the distance of the platform and the center line of the head and tail seat operation range can be flexibly adjusted to do cutting operation of different working pieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Inventor: Jack Yang
  • Patent number: 7264028
    Abstract: A cutting tool piece is provided including a rear portion and a lead portion, the lead portion including a front section having an upper side angled downwardly and forwardly and a lower side angled upwardly and forwardly to form a transverse lead cutting edge. The rear portion includes a hole to secure the tool piece to a cutting tool and transverse cutting edges extending outwardly from side walls of the front section. A system is also described for cutting a bowl by coring out an interior portion of a wood block by applying the cutting tool which is curved and rotatably mounted to a post. Its lead end with the tool piece attached creates a circular groove. The cutting tool is advanced on a path which curves toward the central axis of the lathe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Inventor: Tymen Clay
  • Patent number: 6629549
    Abstract: The present invention consists of a lathe attachment for installation on a portable bandsaw mill, for turning round shafts from wood blocks on the portable bandsaw mill. The lathe attachment has an elongated chassis, a tailstock and a headstock mounted on opposite ends of the chassis for holding and rotating a wood block along the chassis. Bindings are provided to retain the chassis to the cross beams of the portable bandsaw mill. In another aspect of the invention, a number of symmetrical facets are firstly sawed along the wood block prior to turning the wood block. The turning of a round shaft on the bandsaw mill is preferably effected while the alignment of the wood block or shaft makes an acute angle with the direction of movement of the bandsaw head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Inventor: Yves Rioux
  • Publication number: 20030121377
    Abstract: A wood lathe includes a bed, a headstock mounted on the bed and having a headstock housing, a motor mounted in the headstock housing and having a driving shaft with opposite first and second output ends, a spindle journalled to the headstock housing, a first transmission interconnecting the first output end and the spindle, a cooling fan disposed in the headstock housing for cooling the motor and including a driven shaft that is journalled to the headstock housing, and a second transmission interconnecting the second output end and the driven shaft so as to permit rotation of the driven shaft when the motor is actuated, which, in turn, cools the motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventor: Juei-Seng Liao
  • Patent number: 6578455
    Abstract: A wood lathe includes first and second seats disposed respectively and fixedly on two ends of a table. A first driving device includes a motor disposed on the second seat, an outer tube fixed between the first and second seats, and a rotating inner rod journalled within the tube and connected to the motor by a belt and pulley unit. An output shaft is journalled on the first seat, and is provided with a fixed first clamping element. A second clamping element is disposed adjacent to the second seat so as to clamp a workpiece between the first and second clamping elements. A second driving device is disposed within the first seat, and interconnects the shaft and the rod to transfer rotation of the rod to the shaft, thereby rotating the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Inventor: Juei-Seng Liao
  • Publication number: 20030094214
    Abstract: A wood lathe includes first and second seats disposed respectively and fixedly on two ends of a table. A first driving device includes a motor disposed on the second seat, an outer tube fixed between the first and second seats, and a rotating inner rod journalled within the tube and connected to the motor by a belt and pulley unit. An output shaft is journalled on the first seat, and is provided with a fixed first clamping element. A second clamping element is disposed adjacent to the second seat so as to clamp a workpiece between the first and second clamping elements. A second driving device is disposed within the first seat, and interconnects the shaft and the rod to transfer rotation of the rod to the shaft, thereby rotating the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Publication date: May 22, 2003
    Inventor: Juei-Seng Liao
  • Patent number: 6557444
    Abstract: A wood lathe includes a driving pulley unit disposed around a rotating inner rod, a driven pulley unit disposed around an output shaft that is used to rotate a workpiece, a V-belt unit trained on the driving and driven pulley units, and a speed-adjusting unit. When a rotary knob is rotated, amovable inner half of the driven pulley unit moves toward or away from a fixed outer half of the driven pulley unit so that the V-belt unit moves a movable outer half of the driving pulley unit away from or toward a fixed inner half of the driving pulley unit. As such, the position of the V-belt unit can be adjusted relative to the driving and driven pulley units to change the rotational speed of the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Inventor: Juei-Seng Liao
  • Patent number: 6510770
    Abstract: A wood-turning lathe includes a driven shaft mounted with a pulley unit having a plurality of angularly spaced retaining holes, a spring-biased pin and a cam member associated with both the pin and the pulley unit. When the cam member is moved to a locking position, the pin is urged by the cam member to engage a selected one of the retaining holes in the pulley unit to immobilize the pulley unit. When the cam member is moved to an unlocking position, the pin disengages from the selected one of the retaining holes in the pulley unit to permit rotation of the pulley unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Inventor: Juei-Seng Liao
  • Publication number: 20020162432
    Abstract: A wood-turning lathe includes a driven shaft and a drive shaft journalled on a headstock body. A speed change device includes a first pulley unit mounted on the drive shaft, and having a first fixed pulley and a first movable pulley that cooperatively define therebetween a first belt receiving space and that form a radially and outwardly diverging first belt-engaging surface. A control unit has an operable knob which is exposed from the headstock body and which is operably associated with the first movable pulley. A second pulley unit is mounted on the driven shaft, and has a second fixed pulley and a second movable pulley which cooperatively define therebetween a second belt receiving space and which form a radially and outwardly diverging second belt-engaging surface. A non-elastic belt interconnects the first and second pulley units, and is frictionally slidable along the first and second belt-engaging surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2001
    Publication date: November 7, 2002
    Inventor: Juei-Seng Liao
  • Patent number: 6293320
    Abstract: A precision multi-purpose machining apparatus for facilitating lathing, milling, drilling, sawing or routing operations typically using a rotary-type cutting tool. In a preferred embodiment the multi-purpose machining apparatus of this invention is characterized by an elongated support frame and a cutting tool mount cradle which is adjustably mounted on the support frame for receiving a cutting tool, such as an electric-powered DREMEL (trademark) rotary cutting tool. The support frame is capable of resting in a horizontal position, in which the cutting tool can be fitted with a cutting tool bit and the frame fitted with alternative workstock mounting attachments, to facilitate various lathing operations on a wooden or aluminum workstock. Alternatively, a saw table and saw blade can be removably mounted on the horizontal support frame and the cutting tool becomes a saw motor, the rotating shaft of which is connected to the saw blade by means of a drive belt, to facilitate various sawing operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Inventor: George M. McGregor, II
  • Patent number: 6178856
    Abstract: The present invention therefore provides in one aspect a lathe including: a headstock comprising a lathe spindle; a tailstock; and a lathe bed wherein the lathe bed is mounted to be rotatable in a horizontal plane about a vertical axis. In a second aspect of the invention there is provided a lathe including: a headstock comprising a lathe spindle passing through a hollow column and within the hollow column means adapted to safely connect a vacuum to the interior of the lathe spindle; a tailstock; and a lathe bed wherein the lathe bed is mounted to be rotatable in a horizontal plane about a vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Inventors: Robert John Caddaye, Marilyn Jeanette Caddaye
  • Patent number: 6145555
    Abstract: A cutting tool for cutting a work piece and catching debris during turning operations is described herein. The cutting tool comprises a tubular cutting member having first and second ends, the first end having a sharpened edge, and a debris receiving means connected to the second end. The tubular cutting member may have a number of different cross-sections providing a number of different cutting tool configurations for use in turning operations. The debris receiving means may further include a flexible hose having a first hose end and a second hose end, wherein the first hose end is connected to the second end of said tubular cutting member. The hose may be connected to a vacuum source to more effectively collect debris generated during turning operations. The tubular cutting member could be made in a range of sizes from one quarter inch to two inches in diameter, with a nominal tube length of from three inches to twenty inches, or even larger where needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Inventor: John D. O'Neill
  • Patent number: 5992482
    Abstract: A tool rest, for attaching to a lathe or wood turning apparatus, in which a pillar for is mounted rotatable about a first vertical axis and has a first horizontally-projecting arm and further has a second horizontally-projecting portion rotatable about a second vertical axis which may be coincident with or spaced horizontally from the first vertical axis. In use, the tip of a cutting tool is rested on the horizontal arm the tool is also rested on the second horizontal portion where it is firmly held in place by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Inventor: Nigel Stuart Voisey
  • Patent number: 5878638
    Abstract: A positioning device for a driving shaft of a lathe chuck includes a casing, a motor received in the casing with a driving shaft of the motor extending through a first end and a second end of the casing, and a disk disposed to the first end of the casing and threadedly mounted to the driving shaft. The disk has at least one hole defined therethrough and the first end of the casing has a plurality of holes defined therethrough so that a pin is removably extending through the hole in the disk and received in one of the holes in the first end of the casing to position the driving shaft to which the lathe chuck is connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Assignee: Colovos Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chin Feng Wang
  • Patent number: 5655583
    Abstract: A tenonizer apparatus has a motor and a circular cutting blade assembly mounted on a pivotable platform. A radius shoulder support shaft is pivotably mounted perpendicular to the circular cutting blade. The operator pushes and rotates the log along the shafts to create the tenon. Only one tenon can be cut at a time. A minimal set up time is required to switch between tenon types. The pivotable platform allows variable length tenons to be cut. The apparatus is portable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Inventor: Michael G. Heintzeman
  • Patent number: 5435215
    Abstract: An ornamental turning device (10) comprises a shaft (11) on which is mounted a work to be decorated. The device (10) also comprises tool drive means (5) for driving a tool (7) for decorating the work (9). The driving mechanism (5) ensures that the reciprocating blade of tool (7) reciprocates at a rate proportional to the rate of rotation of the shaft (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Inventor: Martin Thompson-Oram
  • Patent number: 5244320
    Abstract: A wood tapping machine includes a cutting device formed on a machine body which has a tapping rod extending horizontally from the cutting device. A guiding path is formed on the machine body and has a toolrest which is disposed slidably thereon. The toolrest includes a base member and a cylindrical casing that has two arms extending therefrom and connected pivotally to the base member. A driving rod connects the base member and the cylindrical casing and maintains the cylindrical casing parallel to the tapping rod of the cutting device. The cylindrical casing can swing relative to the base member when the driving rod rotates about its axis. A main shaft is threadedly and rotatably disposed through the cylindrical casing. The main shaft has a chuck assembly at one end and a rotation wheel at another end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1993
    Inventor: Jeff Lin
  • Patent number: 5224529
    Abstract: A lathe tool and toolrest assembly is disclosed in which a cutting blade is attached across one end of a blade mounting shaft, which shaft may be rotated and/or slid lengthways with respect to the sleeve portion of a toolrest comprising a T-bar. A handle is attached to the other end of the blade mounting shaft for manipulating the tool. The tool may be used to remove a cylindrical core from a workpiece mounted on the lathe, or successively smaller cores so as to produce a set of nesting bowls. A set of blade attachments is also provided to hollow out a cylindrical core through a narrow opening in a workpiece. A frusto-conical core may be removed from a workpiece in conjunction with a double T-bar toolrest which serves as a universal joint when manipulating the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1993
    Inventor: Joseph A. Kenny
  • Patent number: 5186087
    Abstract: A problem encountered with wood lathes is that they frequently require longer beds, different fixed center heights of their headstocks above the plane of the bed, and bowl turning attachments which are located on the bed or alternatively on the other side of the headstock. This invention provides a lathe (10) having a headstock base (11) separate from the headstock (12), a bowl turning attachment (13) which can be located either on the bed (14) or on the other end of the headstock (12). The bed (14) is provided with alignment apertures (40) (dowel holes) so that it can be bolted to the headstock base (11) the tail end of the bed having alignment apertures (40) so that another bed section can be secured to it or in the alternative, the bowl turning attachment (13) can be secured to it thereby in each instance increasing bed length, and all corresponding alignment apertures (40) which extend longitudinally are co-axial, and the assembly is modular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1993
    Assignee: Durden & Co. Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Allan McCormack
  • Patent number: 5186088
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for forming a variable speed pulley, a variable speed drive system, a variable speed lathe, a lathe having a slidable, horizontally-rotatable headstock, and a variable speed lathe having a slidable, horizontally-rotatable headstock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1993
    Assignee: Delta International Machinery Corp.
    Inventor: Barry D. Wixey
  • Patent number: 5137065
    Abstract: A lathe tool includes a stiff shank and handle portion and, adjustably extending forward from the shank, cantilever fashion, an elongated resilient blade. The combination is configured and disposed on a tool rest so that, when the tip of the blade engages a downwardly moving surface of a workpiece, a vibration or chatter of the blade results and produces a three dimensional textured pattern on the workpiece. Pattern and texture may be selectively varied by adjusting the unsupported length of the blade (to control its frequency of vibration), by changing speed of rotation of the workpiece, by changing pressure of the tool blade on the workpiece, and by lateral and rotational manipulation of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1992
    Inventor: Dennis K. Stewart
  • Patent number: 5065802
    Abstract: A dado lathe is provided for use with a table saw in performing numerous cutting operations on a piece of wood stock. The dado lathe device includes a pair of parallel, spaced apart guide rails upon which a frame is slidably mounted. The frame includes vertically and longitudinally adjustable headstock and tailstock spindles for rotatably supporting the wood stock. A drive system selectively rotates the wood stock while moving the frame longitudinally along the guide rails. Using the dado lathe device, a square wood stock can be turned to a round wood stock, spiral and grooves can be cut in the wood stock, the wood stock can be tapered, and beading and reeding can be cut along the length of the wood stock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1991
    Inventor: Kenneth D. Peterson
  • Patent number: 5065801
    Abstract: A duplicating device for use on a wood lathe includes a baseplate for mounting behind a lathe on a table carrying the lathe, a mirror pivot ally mounted on the baseplate, and a template carrier on the baseplate between the mirror and the lathe. A template, e.g. a finished spindle is mounted on the carrier, and a blank is mounted in the lathe. By visually aligning the blank and template on a line perpendicular to the mirror, the blank can be turned to reproduce the template design accurately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1991
    Inventor: Alex Vincent
  • Patent number: 4553575
    Abstract: A dowel cutting method and apparatus comprising a stationary cutting tool having an internal bore and at least one cutting edge at its input end into which woodstock is disposed while being rotated by an electric hand drill or the like to create a finished dowel at the opposite end of the cutting tool. The cutting tool may be held in a bench vise. A sizer for dowels is also disclosed comprising a series of holes in a flat metal plate having a ground side which cuts down a dowel in a sequence of operations, if needed, to an accurate smaller dowel. A simple final sanding operation is also disclosed utilizing sandpaper and the sizing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1985
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Brown
  • Patent number: 4281569
    Abstract: A lathe comprising a rotor assembly which may be manually rotated and which has a peripheral portion around which moist pottery clay may be packed. A first cutting member can be mounted on a tool support for the lathe and used to cut grooves into the clay generally to the depth at which the surface of the object will be formed, whereupon a second cutting member with a continuous edge can be mounted on the tool support and used to cut away the clay ridges and shape the finished surface on the object. The object is then allowed to dry, which releases it from the rotor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1981
    Assignee: Custom Concepts, Incorporated
    Inventor: James F. Kubiatowicz
  • Patent number: 4217799
    Abstract: An upright box-like housing, having a forwardly open front, is supported by a base overlying a horizontal surface. A base mounted motor rotates an elongated candle blank within the housing about a vertical axis when interposed between a motor drive shaft supported spindlehead adjacent the bottom end wall of the housing and a tailstock journalled by the housing top end wall. A cutting tool guide and shavings shield, coextensive with the housing height, is pivotally supported at one side of the housing for movement toward and away from the vertical axis of the candle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1980
    Inventor: W. Frank Faris
  • Patent number: 4146350
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming solid bodies by removing material from solid workpieces. A workpiece is situated between oppositely rotating tools which remove material from the workpiece, these tools having hollow interiors facing each other and each conforming to the configuration of one half of the finished body. The hollow interiors of the tools have teeth for removing material from the workpiece, and while the tools are rotated oppositely the distance therebetween is due so that from the workpiece a body is gradually formed, this body finally becoming almost completely enclosed within the hollow interiors of the tools, whereupon the latter have the distance therebetween increased so that the body formed thereby can be removed. These tools are adapted to form from a workpiece bodies of full circular or ring-shaped configuration, and the hollow interiors of the tools are provided with raised teeth similar to file teeth, for removing material from a workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1977
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1979
    Assignee: Metzeler Schaum GmbH
    Inventor: Horst Bokelmann
  • Patent number: 4133357
    Abstract: A rest for a hand held wood turning tool which facilitates the forming of concave and convex surfaces has a horizontal rest bar comprising two joined and oppositely curving arcuate portions of different curvature in the general form of a letter "S," with a bevelled tool rest surface extending continuously along one side thereof and an intermediately positioned downwardly extending cylindrical mounting post. A simplified modification has a single horizontal arcuate rest bar with bevelled tool rest surfaces extending along both sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1979
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: George J. Groya, Curtis J. Eccardt
  • Patent number: 4082126
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing a plurality of concentric, cylindriconical, annular rings from plywood or other wood material for use in constructing cylindriconical wood products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1978
    Inventor: Robert W. Bebout
  • Patent number: 4061165
    Abstract: A portable apparatus for reducing the dimensions of a workpiece using rotatable work means. The apparatus comprises in combination: a portable electric drill motor having a shaft-receiving chuck; a work means rotatable about its longitudinal axis and supported by the chuck and a journalled support member; a guide member supporting the drill motor; a base member adapted to receive and support (1) the guide member adjacent one end, (2) the journalled support member adjacent the other end, and (3) a working element support between the guide member and the journalled support member; the base member having retentive parallel positioning rails extending longitudinally along each lateral edge of a face of the base member; the guide member being slidable longitudinally of the base member whereby the drill motor is adjustably positionabletoward the journalled support member to allow the working means to be rotatably supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1977
    Assignee: William James Harwood
    Inventors: William James Harwood, Robert P. Snyder
  • Patent number: 4002193
    Abstract: At least one workpiece is rotated synchronously with a model in a contour-copying lathe. A feeler engages the model and is linked to a tool similarly engageable with the workpiece so that as the feeler rides up and down and travels along the model the synchronously displaced tool similarly shapes the workpiece. Those preshaped regions on the model corresponding to the surfaces on the workpiece which are not to be shaped are provided with extensions so that the tool is lifted from the workpiece at these preshaped surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1974
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1977
    Assignee: Maschinenfabrik Zuckermann Komm. Ges.
    Inventor: Erich Schmidt
  • Patent number: RE31130
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing a plurality of concentric, cylindriconical, annular rings from plywood or other wood material for use in constructing cylindriconical wood products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 25, 1983
    Assignee: John Totten
    Inventor: Robert W. Bebout