Turning, Boring, Or Drilling Patents (Class 144/365)
  • Patent number: 9649831
    Abstract: An acoustic tile used for a modular wall system includes a substrate layer having a plurality of holes that extend at least partially through the substrate layer, and a veneer layer having a plurality of microholes extending at least partially therethrough. The two layers are attached together and configured for attachment to a frame of a modular wall system such that they provide desired acoustic properties to the modular wall system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: DIRTT Environmental Solutions, LTD
    Inventors: Geoff Gosling, Mogens F. Smed
  • Publication number: 20150041021
    Abstract: A method of cutting a wood block and a veneer lathe are disclosed. Two groups of first plural contact members and second plural contact members disposed around the wood block for supporting the wood block from the periphery thereof and each having a contact portion contactable with periphery of the wood block. The first and the second contact members are spaced away from each other along the spin axis of the wood block so as to form a space between any two adjacent contact members, respectively, and arranged in such a way that a part of the contact member of one group is insertable into the space between any two adjacent contact members of the other group when the wood block is cut to a predetermined reduced diameter so that the wood block is continued to be supported further.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Masaru Koike
  • Publication number: 20140251100
    Abstract: A cutting tool component which has an ultra-thin layer of ultra-hard material bonded to a cemented carbide substrate. The ultra-thin layer of ultra-hard material has a thickness of no greater than 0.2 mm. This cutting tool is used to cut workpieces under roughing and/or interrupted cut conditions. Where the workplace is a wood product or wood composite the invention extends to cutting such workpieces in general. The ultra-hard material is preferably PCD or PCBN.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Cornelius Johannes Pretorius, Peter Michael Harden, Tom Patrick Howard
  • Patent number: 8769912
    Abstract: A board comprised of a wood structure having a first surface, a second surface, a first lateral edge, a second lateral edge and opposing ends. Sound attenuating elements embedded within the wood structure and stiffening elements positioned within the wood structure to coincide with the location of floor joist to which the board will be secured. The boards further forming a ceiling/floor structure by laying a single set of the boards adjacent to each other and securing them to the floor joists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas Spencer Stanhope
  • Publication number: 20140144549
    Abstract: A pencil sharpener powered by a drill and a method of use are disclosed herein. The pencil sharpener is configured with a cutting mechanism to sharpen a non-circular carpenter pencil. The pencil sharpener has a housing body to receive pencil shavings from the pencil. The housing body has a slotted hole configured to receive the carpenter pencil and prevent excessive rotation of the pencil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: David Kenneth Watson
  • Publication number: 20140000762
    Abstract: The bar is machined, according to a required longitudinal and/or circumferential profile, by rotating tools carried by a main plate driven in rotation on the frame, the tools being connected to the plate by tool supports radially mobile on this plate, and depending on the required profile, a radial movement of the tool supports is controlled according to the axial position of the bar in relation to the chassis and/or the circumferential positions of the tools in relation to the bar. To control the radial movement, a secondary plate is driven in rotation coaxially to the main plate. The secondary plate including a device for actuating tool supports, arranged so that the positions of the tool supports depend on the relative angular position between the main plate and the secondary plate and, to permanently adjust the radial positioning of the tools during the rotation of the main plate, the relative angular position is modified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: SIIMO
    Inventors: Christian Fromholz, Laurent Berviller, Philippe Roser
  • Publication number: 20110114223
    Abstract: A method of cutting a wood block and a veneer lathe are disclosed. Two groups of first plural contact members and second plural contact members disposed around the wood block for supporting the wood block from the periphery thereof and each having a contact portion contactable with periphery of the wood block. The first and the second contact members are spaced away from each other along the spin axis of the wood block so as to form a space between any two adjacent contact members, respectively, and arranged in such a way that a part of the contact member of one group is insertable into the space between any two adjacent contact members of the other group when the wood block is cut to a predetermined reduced diameter so that the wood block is continued to be supported further.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: Meinan Machinery Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Masaru Koike
  • Patent number: 7866254
    Abstract: A liquid may be aged and infused using a wooden infusion apparatus having grain oriented along a longitudinal axis of a rod. One preferred infusion apparatus comprises machining a grain oriented wooden cylinder into the shape of a spiral having a longitudinal central axis. A preferred method is disclosed for continuously machining wooden rods into spirals, and subsequently toasting them. Another infusion apparatus comprises a plurality of wooden discs connected by a longitudinal central axis in the form of a rod, the wooden discs which are toasted. The present invention allows for more control over the time required to properly age the wine and to impart the wood flavor by giving the producer more control over the amount of wood surface area that is exposed to the wine. The rate of infusion is increased substantially when the wood grain extends along the longitudinal axis of the infusion apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Riverside Rockets, Ltd.
    Inventors: Russ D. Karasch, Peter S. Theisen, John A. Theisen
  • Patent number: 7819150
    Abstract: An improved machine for pointing a wooden stake having a cutting tool that includes a movable plunger having motion coordinated with the feed and ejection motion of the stakes in the machine that assures that any debris entrapped in the cutting tool is dislodged and discharged from the cutting tool during the interval between the discharge of an already-pointed stake and the feeding of an un-pointed stake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventor: Lloyd Hoover
  • Patent number: 7661451
    Abstract: A method as well as a bonding installation for machining of wood workpieces. At least one machining aggregate is provided where in the supplying and discharge region one conveying system each is arranged. Besides machining of the front end region by the machining aggregate also other machinings are carried out on the wood workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Inventor: Hans Hundegger
  • Publication number: 20090145520
    Abstract: A power tool for drilling a hole in a workpiece made of wood or a wood material. The power tool generally includes a tool housing defining a handle and a motor contained within the tool housing that includes an output shaft that spins about a motor axis. A gear housing is connected to the tool housing. An output spindle is supported for rotation about a spindle axis in the gear housing. The spindle axis is disposed about ninety degrees from the motor axis. A gear portion on the output shaft is engaged to a gear portion on the output spindle. The motor and the gear portions are configured to rotate the output spindle at a speed in range from about five thousand revolutions per minute to about twenty-five thousand revolutions per minute. A cutting member is connected to the output spindle. The cutting member includes fluted cutting blades. A carriage assembly includes a base member and a head member connected by a first post having a first compliant member and a second post.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Applicant: BLACK & DECKER Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Opsitos, JR., Christopher R. Held, Robert S. Gehret, Richard J. Heavel, Daniel Puzio, Craig A. Schell, Larry T. Albert, Thomas J. Bodine, Daniel L. Gregory
  • 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: 7147023
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method for peeling veneer from a log, wherein the centering device is calibrated during the peeling process without interrupting the production. In the method in accordance with the invention, the around-contour of the log is defined by means of techniques of prior art in the centering device by measuring the distance between the surface of the log and the rotation axis at several positions at the length of the log, and the rotation centres of the ends of the log are set to the chucks of the lathe in accordance with this determination of contour. The validity of the centering is controlled, and a correction factor for the centering of a next log is transmitted to the apparatus commanding the centering device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Raute Oyj
    Inventor: Mika Hyysti
  • Patent number: 6978814
    Abstract: Method for manufacturing wooden floor boards having an antique and used look, the boards of planed new wood being subjected to a mechanical treatment for making damages in its circumferential surface, and after that to a chemical treatment of at least the entire top surface. The chemical treatment comprises the impregnation of at least the entire top surface and applying a hard wax oil after that.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Houtindustrie Schijndel B.V.
    Inventor: Albert Eltjo Doewe Van Capelleveen
  • Patent number: 6877536
    Abstract: A device (41) for positioning a joinery fastener (74) in a joinery member (33) for later use in forming a joinery assembly. The fastener positioning device (41) includes a feed magazine (82) formed for feeding joinery fasteners (74) to a gripping apparatus (83). The gripping apparatus (83) is positioned to receive the fasteners (74) and is further adapted to releasably grip individual fasteners (74) at a position (103) below the fastener head (86) to hold the fasteners (74) in a known and controlled, indexed relation to the gripping apparatus (83). The gripping apparatus is movable between a fastener gripping position to a fastener placement position while the pointed end (88) of the fastener (74) remains in indexed relation, and a placement arm (92) is formed to urge the fastener (74) from the gripping apparatus (83) and into interference fit with the joinery member (33).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Inventor: Max W. Durney
  • Patent number: 6772809
    Abstract: The invention relates to a knife assembly for a veneer lathe, the knife assembly comprising heads having mounted therebetween a knife beam and a nose bar beam, the beams respectively supporting a peeling knife and a solid nose bar. The knife assembly is turnable about an axis of rotation aligned parallel to the longitudinal axis of the peeling knife and the nose bar, whereby the angular position of the knife assembly relative to the lathe carriage heads is adapted to change about this axis of rotation in compliance with the progress of veneer peeling. In the knife assembly, the angular position of the nose bar relative to the peeling knife is adapted changeable during peeling in order to control the angle between the nose bar and the peeling knife.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Raute Oyj
    Inventor: Jussi Puranen
  • Patent number: 6732774
    Abstract: A multi-purpose farm apparatus capable of being easily transported and which can be used to perform a variety of tasks. The multi-purpose farm apparatus comprises a trailer, a combination baler and wood splitter and a hydraulic system mounted thereon. The combination baler and log splitter apparatus includes a baling portion having a baling chamber and a first gib assembly comprising a pressure platen and is mounted for reciprocal movement within said baling chamber. The combination baler and log splitter apparatus further includes a log splitting portion having a second gib assembly comprising a splitting wedge and is mounted to said trailer for reciprocal movement. The first gib assembly and the second gib assembly are mechanically coupled to the hydraulic system for effecting reciprocating movement of the first gib assembly and the second gib assembly. The hydraulic system further comprises a hydraulic motor for driving various farm machinery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Inventor: Gary J. Seckel
  • Publication number: 20040065388
    Abstract: A lower plywood 2 and an upper plywood 3 which are set on a cylinder 1 are cut in two processes by use of a router to create a 1.4-mm-wide groove in the back of the lower plywood 2 and in the front of the upper plywood 3, thus a rotary cutting die which allows a 4-point (1.4-mm-thick) blade to be accurately inserted thereinto, a method for manufacturing the same, and a device for manufacturing the same are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2003
    Publication date: April 8, 2004
    Inventor: Toshinaga Urabe
  • 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: 6666245
    Abstract: A tree trimming apparatus is provided for preparing a tree, such as a Christmas tree, for attachment to a tree stand. The tree trimming apparatus includes a raised platform supported by a plurality of legs. The platform also includes an opening for receiving the trunk of a tree. Below the platform is positioned a jaws assembly for affixing the tree in place. Meanwhile, the tree trimming apparatus includes a saw assembly for severing the base of the tree, and a drill assembly for drilling a recess into the bottom of the tree for receipt of the spike of a tree stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: LeisureMore Corporation
    Inventors: Richard C. LaBahn, Douglas W. LaBahn
  • Patent number: 6648036
    Abstract: A veneer lathe that can provide a veneer produced by cutting out a log, which is substantially free from surface scratches, and thus can be used as a surface sheet for plywood. A roller bar drives a log while pushing its peripheral surface on the upstream side of a knife fixed to a knife carriage for cutting the rotating log in a log rotating direction. The roller bar 3 has a large number of grooves defined in a peripheral surface thereof. The shape of the grooves 5a in a section crossing the shaft centerline of the roller bar 3 is set so that an angle between a tangent at a corner portion 3e constituted by a line 3d of an outer periphery of the roller bar 3 and a line 3b extending outward from an upstream side face of the grooves 5a is 130 to 160 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Meinan Machinery Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenzo Watanabe
  • Patent number: 6640855
    Abstract: A log processing machine and associate method employs one or more log guides to make joinery cuts in a processed log which has at opposed edges of the processed log the raw log's natural external contour. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, each log guide includes a straight edge and is attached to the processed log to create an artificial straight edge for guiding the processed log through the joinery machine. Prior to attachment, centerlines are marked on the log guide and the processed log, and the centerlines are aligned when the log guide is attached to the processed log. The processed log, with the log guide attached, is then moved through the machine with the aid of computer control while the straight edge of the log guide follows a fence. In this manner, the position of the processed log and its centerline are always known so that the computer can make the programmed joinery cuts with high precision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: Hearthstone, Inc.
    Inventor: Randy K. Giles
  • 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: 20030102052
    Abstract: A method for producing a processed substantially continuous veneer ribbon is provided. The method comprises providing a plurality of debarked wood logs. A substantially continuous veneer ribbon is separated from each of said plurality of debarked wood logs. The substantially continuous veneer ribbons is conveyed to a plurality of storage locations. A system is provided for processing the substantially continuous veneer ribbons introducing a plurality of the substantially continuous veneer ribbons from the storage location to the continuous veneer ribbon process system. A processed continuous veneer ribbon is formed from the plurality of the substantially continuous veneer ribbons in the continuous veneer ribbon process system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2002
    Publication date: June 5, 2003
    Inventor: Jerry Lee Lines
  • Patent number: 6561238
    Abstract: A door preparation station includes a data processing control system that drives a display for presenting sequential series of menu selections that illicit operator information that is used as control data to configure the station for preparing a door for receipt of predetermined door hardware (e.g., locks, hinges, etc.) of one type or another. Based upon responses received at the menu selections, the processing system positions and operates various door preparation cutting and drilling elements for the door preparation procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: Norfield Industries
    Inventor: Charles A. Knighten
  • Patent number: 6539992
    Abstract: A radial overarm router is disclosed. The radial overarm router includes a machine base with a work surface, a vertical column, a bearing housing, a slide assembly, and a carriage subassembly. The bearing housing is mounted to, and may rotate about, the vertical column. The slide assembly mounts to the bearing housing and in combination with the bearing housing, the slide assembly has translational and rotational motion relative to the column. The slide assembly includes a carriage subassembly that houses a router. The carriage subassembly is configured to allow pivotal and vertical or plunge type motion of the router. The carriage subassembly further provides for transverse movement of the router. Locking knobs and adjustable limit stops are provided for all directions of movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Inventor: Bart Andrew Nuss
  • Patent number: 6484768
    Abstract: The invention relates to a veneer lathe knife assembly comprising supported by a frame assembly a knife mounting beam (4) and a nose bar beam (5), both of which having a front portion (4′; 5′) for holding a cutting knife (6) and a nose bar (7), respectively, and a stiffening rear portion. The knife mounting beam (4) and the nose bar beam (5) are adapted movable relative to each other on the frame assembly so as to permit adjustment of the knife gap formed between the cutting knife (6) and the nose bar (7). Heat transfer means (2, 2′, 2″, 2′″) are adapted to the stiffening rear portion of both the knife mounting beam (4) and the nose bar beam (5). Both the knife mounting beam (4) and the nose bar beam (5) have placed thereon, in a close vicinity to the knife (6) and the nose bar (7), at least one first set of temperature sensors (3, 3′) disposed in predetermined positions along the length of the knife and the nose bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: Raute Oyj
    Inventors: Jussi Puranen, Seppo Vartiainen, Jarkko Hyttinen
  • Patent number: 6412529
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for determining the starting point of rounding turning in the turning of veneer. For turning a log, the knife carriage of the lathe is withdrawn into a home position before starting the turning of a new log and, during the initial phase of turning, the knife carriage is driven from the home position forward into the starting position of rounding turning at a fast rate. During the initial turning phase, the intensity of knife carriage vibration is monitored and the thus obtained intensity value of knife carriage vibration is used in the determination of the initial position of the log rounding phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignee: Raute OYJ
    Inventor: Jussi Puranen
  • Patent number: 6401772
    Abstract: An apparatus for cutting dovetail joints comprises one or more trapezoidal mortising chisels mountable on a drill press, each trapezoidal mortising chisel having a trapezoidal cross sectional shape with a particular slope or “pitch” on its non-parallel sides. The trapezoidal mortising chisels are used to cut sockets in the tail board of a dovetail joints, where the sockets have a trapezoidal shape with sloped sides. A given slope can be selected for the sides of the sockets by selecting a trapezoidal mortising chisel having the given slope. A washer is also provided which is mountable about the tilt axis of a tiltable work table of the drill press. The washer has a set of holes located at an angle about the washer on either side of a reference radius, where the angle correspond to the slopes of the non-parallel sides of the trapezoidal mortising chisels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Inventor: Terry J. Beitl
  • Patent number: 6390159
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatically cutting a drawer slide groove and drilling a drawer-securing pin hole in a drawer with a bottom with a number of edges extending downwardly from the bottom, and a rear wall. The apparatus includes a support, the drawer resting on the support during the cutting and drilling operations; a power saw having a moving blade adapted for cutting a groove in the drawer; a first guide mounted on the support and adapted to engage one of the plurality of downwardly extending drawer edges, thereby positioning the saw blade adjacent the downwardly extending drawer edge; a drill carrier movable in a first direction and a second direction relative to the support; and a power drill mounted in the drill carrier and having a drill bit adapted to drill a drawer-securing pin hole in the rear wall of the drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Inventor: Thomas G. Pinske
  • Patent number: 6357496
    Abstract: A veneer lathe comprising a piercing roller and a guiding member for producing a veneer which is free from piercing scars. A third rotational shaft (25) is raised from the position where the piercing projections (27a) of the piercing rolls (27) are pierced into the outer peripheral wall of the log (3) to a position which enables the distance between the tip end of the piercing projections (27a) and the backing plate (5a), the concave portion (4) and the guide member (6) to become larger than the thickness of the veneer (T1), and then, the third rotational shaft (25) is moved away from the log (3) up to a position which makes the piercing projections (27a) impossible to pierce the outer peripheral wall of the log (3), after which the log (3) is rotated to perform the cutting by means of knife (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Meinan Machinery Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Masaru Koike
  • Patent number: 6305448
    Abstract: To make coincide cutting centers of two end surfaces of raw wood with the axis of spindles of a veneer lathe, at least two axial corrections which are performed in a state in which the raw wood is held by centering spindles are required. Conventional apparatuses suffer from too complicated structures and enlargement of the cost because of the complicated structures. A correction operation of an axial direction of correction operations in the two axial directions is performed such that only a movable centering spindle is moved in a direction intersecting a direction in which holding arms are extended/contracted. Another correction operation in another axial direction is performed by extending/contracting the holding arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Assignee: Meinan Machinery Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Takashi Ota, Tsuyoshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 6305446
    Abstract: A cutting machine comprises first (10) and second (12) work piece support means, said means including opposed surfaces operable to grip a work piece and move it in a controlled manner in a first dimension, and first (14) and second (16) cutting tools disposed substantially between the first and second work piece supported means such that they are operable to approach and cut the work piece from opposite sides, wherein each cutting tool is movable in second and third dimensions that are substantially orthogonal to the first dimension and to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Inventor: Nicholas Timothy Showan
  • 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: 6206061
    Abstract: A nose bar device for a veneer lathe which is equipped with a knife carriage movable toward and away from a log from which a veneer sheet is cut, and a knife mounted on the knife carriage and having at the tip end thereof a cutting edge extending horizontally across the direction in which the knife carriage is moved. The lathe further includes a plurality of nose bars juxtaposed along the cutting edge of the knife and mounted to a block which forms a part the knife carriage and is adapted to be movable independently of the knife carriage. Each nose bar has at the lower end thereof a pressure edge located adjacent to the cutting edge of the knife for pressing against the log periphery adjacent to the knife cutting edge. There is provided a mechanism for independently adjustably moving the pressure edge of at least one of the nose bars toward and away from the cutting edge of the knife.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: Meinan Machinery Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Masaru Koike
  • Patent number: 6176282
    Abstract: A pair of centering spindles are disposed away from cutting spindles and movably in the direction of Z or parallel with the axial center line of cutting spindles. A plurality of log center detecting means are disposed along the Z direction in relative to a log chucked by the centering spindles. A pair of holding members are mounted movably in the directions of X, Z, and Y including components orthogonally intersecting the X and Z. By way of controlling means, the centering spindle holding a log is caused to rotate at least one revolution thereby enabling the log center detecting means to determine each position of axial center which is assumed to constitute the axial centers at both end faces of the log, the virtual line passing through every positions of axial centers in Z direction is aligned with the Y, and the holding members are moved in the Z direction to hold the log, after which the chucking of log by the centering spindles are released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: Meinan Machinery Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Nakamura, Shunichi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 6142196
    Abstract: A machine for forming a bottom rail and a valance for a window blind unit. The machine has a support member upon which a length of wood ultimately destined to be a bottom rail or a valance can reside while cutting occurs, and includes at least one laterally movable saw blade for cutting a selectable wood segment at a selectable angle up to 90.degree.. Such angular cutting permits a mitred junction of corners in a formed valance. The machine also has at least one wood boring device and at least one wood drilling device to provide for pull cord anchoring whereby cords are passed through a drilled aperture and knotted such that the knot is housed in a bored compartment. The machine can be incorporated and automated for inline inclusion with automated components of a window blind manufacturing and assembly system to provide finished bottom rails and packaged valance components for final installation at a site of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: 3 Day Blinds, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur I. Schumann, Michael J. McCarty
  • Patent number: 6102089
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a new and improved modification for converting a drill press into a wood lathe. Further, the present invention relates to an adaption kit for the modification of a conventional drill press into a general-purpose wood lathe. A drill press is modified for use as a wood lathe useful for shaping wood stock with a shaping tool. A driving spur is affixed to the chuck of the drill press for engaging one end of the wood stock. An adapter plate is affixed to the platform of the drill press. A tailstock is removably attached to the adapter plate for engagement of the opposite end of the wood stock. A tool rest is affixed to the adapter plate for use with a shaping tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventor: Matthew Colin McCormick
  • Patent number: 6092446
    Abstract: A tailstock assembly mountable on a machine tool and cooperable with a headstock assembly for retaining a workpiece inbetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Thermwood Corporation
    Inventor: Michael P. Hardesty
  • Patent number: 6015247
    Abstract: An article assembly an alignment machine includes a table comprising a base frame and a work surface mounted thereon. A jig system includes X-axis and Y-axis jig subsystems each including clamps slidable on the work surface. The jig subsystems are actuated by pneumatic piston-and-cylinder units. An article forming system includes a gang drill mounted on the base frame below the work surface and adapted for raising and lowering between engage and disengage positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Inventor: Vincent E. Branaman
  • Patent number: 5992485
    Abstract: A workpiece processing apparatus for processing a predetermined plate member and a sawing process method therefor. A workpiece processing apparatus which includes a workpiece mounting assembly for receiving a workpiece; a tool assembly having a tool mounting element configured for rotational and reciprocal motion, the tool assembly positioned adjacent to the workpiece mounting assembly; the workpiece mounting assembly being movable relative to said tool assembly to position the tool mounting element adjacent the workpiece; and a tool positioned in said tool mounting element and defining a longitudinal axis, said tool having a drilling portion and a cutting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: SDS USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Byung-Jun Song
  • Patent number: 5971045
    Abstract: A veneer lathe comprising a knife (2) for peeling a log (1), which is secured rotatably to a knife stock, and a roller bar (3) disposed to press a circumferential surface of the log (1) at an upstream side, in relative to said knife (2), of a rotational direction of the log (1). The roller bar (3) has a diameter of not more than 30 mm, and is provided on the circumferential surface thereof with a large number of projections (5) whose height is not higher than the circumferential surface of the roller bar (3). The roller bar (3) is sustained in a sliding bearing (9) and adapted to receive a rotational force from a driving source. The roller bar (3) functions not only as a pressure bar but also as a power transmitting media to rotate the log (1), thereby preventing the generation of lathe check of veneer to be produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Meinan Machinery Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenzo Watanabe
  • Patent number: 5967208
    Abstract: An improved apparatus and method for use in the rotary cutting of wood veneer is disclosed. The improved apparatus and method are preferably employed in connection with a conventional lathe having a pressure bar. Such a lathe is of the type that is used to produce wood veneer from a workpiece of wood, such as a log. The improvement is characterized as maintaining a preselected pressure of the pressure bar against the wood, and subsequently adjusting the preselected pressure bar position by using means for doing so, thereby producing wood veneer of uniform thickness and surface quality, independent of variations in wood density and wood hardness, such variations resulting from natural growth conditions and temperature of the wood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Calvert Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Harry B. Calvert
  • Patent number: 5941291
    Abstract: A machine for carving workpieces having substantially similar configurations generally including a base member, means disposed on the base member for retaining at least one workpiece thereon, means for rotationally indexing the workpiece disposed on the retaining means, about an axis, a working tool operatively engageable with a workpiece disposed between the retaining means, supported on the base member and displaceable along x, y and z axes pursuant to a programmed sequence of motions coordinated with the workpiece indexing means for shaping the workpiece in a selected configuration, and at least one means for successively positioning a plurality of similarly configured workpieces in a selected orientation including a support member, a jointed linkage supported on the base member, supporting the support member and manipulatable to position the support member into a support relationship with an initial one of the workpieces disposed in the selected orientation and held by the retaining means, means for fixin
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: Thermwood Corporation
    Inventor: Michael P. Hardesty
  • Patent number: 5927360
    Abstract: A centerless rotary veneer lathe comprises a slidable backup device which is disposed on the opposite side of a peeler log from a knife carriage of the lathe. The backup device has a pair rotatable rolls located one above the other with the axes thereof extending in parallel to the axis of the log. The paired rolls are disposed such that the axes of such two rolls are spaced at substantially the same distance from an imaginary line extending perpendicularly to the axis of the log and in parallel to the direction in which the backup device is moved. In operation of the veneer lathe with the rolls set in contact with the log periphery, the knife carriage and the backup device are moved synchronously at such a variable controlled rate that causes peeling of veneer with a predetermined thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Meinan Machinery Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Nakamura, Kazuya Kawai
  • Patent number: 5890521
    Abstract: A multi-use craftsman table (10) for connection of at least one of a plurality of tools (14) for performing a variety of operations on wood work pieces is disclosed by the present invention. The multi-use craftsman table (10) includes a tool table top (16) and a bracket (78) having at least one clamp (80, 82) for releasably securing at least one of the plurality of tools (14) thereto connected to the tool table top (16). The tool table top (16) includes a face side and a bottom side. The face side includes a recess (25) extending therethrough, and first and second grooves (28) extending on either side of the recess (25) and along the length of the face side. The bottom side includes means for connecting (106) the bracket (78) thereto wherein the at least one of said plurality of tools (14) is aligned with the recess (25). At least one leg (18) is releasably connected to the bottom side of the tool table top (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Inventor: Scott Allan Dunn
  • Patent number: 5819828
    Abstract: The present invention includes an apparatus for preparing a flitch for slicing where the flitch includes a veneer-producing zone and a staylog-engaging zone. The apparatus comprises a drill mechanism for drilling a plurality of holes in the flitch and a mechanism for holding a flitch in a predetermined orientation relative to the drill mechanism. The holes are arranged in a predetermined pattern and extend from a flitch mounting surface to the veneer-producing zone so as to define a boundary between the veneer-producing zone and the staylog-engaging zone. A method for preparing a flitch for slicing comprises the steps of positioning the flitch in a preparing position and forming a plurality of dog-receiving holes in the flitch in a predetermined pattern so that each hole extends through the staylog-engaging zone to the veneer-producing zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Capital Machine Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert D. Brand
  • Patent number: 5806269
    Abstract: A method for providing a fixture mount can be used to provide a flush surface adjacent the ridge of a cathedral ceiling at the position where a ceiling fan or light fixture is to be supported. The method can be used to fit any common cathedral ceiling pitch and allows the user to mount a ceiling fan or fixture in a location such as the center of a room in an aesthetically pleasing manner. The method can employ a monolithic member or, alternatively, a base mount member and one or more pitch mount members stacked sequentially, with each successive pitch mount varying the pitch of the fixture mount employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Inventor: James M. Corridon
  • Patent number: 5791388
    Abstract: A method of controlling the feed of the backup rolls of a log backup apparatus for use in a veneer lathe for preventing a log from bowing while veneer is peeled from the log. The method comprises the step of centripetally feeding the backup rolls from a control-start diameter .PHI. at a provisional feed rate f which is higher than a predetermined feed rate F by a feed rate of a pre-selected correction value .alpha. per log rotation. The aforementioned control-start diameter .PHI. is slightly larger than the diameter of the log at which the backup rolls are brought into contact with the log. The method further comprises the steps of stopping the centripetal feeding of the backup rolls at the provisional feed rate f when the bowing is eliminated from the log and thereafter centripetally feeding the backup rolls at the predetermined feed rate F, thereby eliminating the bowing that occurs during the veneer peeling from the log.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: Meinan Machinery Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Takashi Nakaya
  • Patent number: 5787949
    Abstract: A method of controlling the clearance angle of a veneer knife in a veneer lathe under a spindleless condition is applied to a veneer lathe that includes the veneer knife, at least three rollers, feed mechanisms coupled to at least two of the rollers for feeding the rollers, and a drive system coupled to at least one of the rollers for rotatably driving thereof, wherein the rollers to which the drive system is coupled supplies all the driving force required for rotating the log while each roller to which the feed mechanism is coupled are fed to hold the log while the log is peeled by the veneer knife.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: Meinan Machinery Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Masaru Koike, Takashi Nakaya