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A. Church. Jr. Wood Molding MAchine, No. 296, PAtented July 29, 1837. (Ambrose Church, Jr. - Canandaigue, NY) Source: DATAMP

In 1848 C. B. Rogers, of Norwich, Conn., commenced the manufacture of wood working machinery and soon after associated himself with J. A. Fay, who was located at Keene, N. H.

The first successful sticker was produced at Norwich. Other wood working machines were added, and their business grew until a third shop was opened at Worcester, under the management of E. C. Tainter, who was then known as “Eph” among the old wood workers. This shop was discontinued in 1858. Upon the death of J. A. Fay. his stock and fixtures were removed to Norwich. Tainter later became associated with L. Power & Company, of Philadelphia, under the name of Power & Tainter.

The development of the Moulding Machine was continued by H. B. Smith, of Lowell, Mass., early in the ‘60’s. To Mr. Smith it is believed belongs the credit of introducing iron frame machinery exclusively. He developed the dovetail slides and gibs on the frame, which guide the bed as it is raised or lowered, and compensates the wear.

Heavy moulding machines were introduced in 1870. The first attempt to make such a machine is accredited to Fay & Fisher, Lancaster, Mass. C. B. Rogers, S. A. Woods, Of Boston, and C. R. Tompkins, of Rochester, N. Y., were the first to interest themselves in heavy inside machines.

A Short History of Woodworking Machinery, from the 1920 edition of the William H. Field Company Field's Wood Working Machinery Reference Book, Old Woodworking Machines


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