Material Processing Research Portal


Material processing, the series of operations that transforms industrial materials from a raw-material state into finished parts or products. Industrial materials are defined as those used in the manufacture of “hard” goods, such as more or less durable machines and equipment produced for industry and consumers, as contrasted with disposable “soft” goods, such as chemicals, foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, and apparel.1

Shipworkers using a Ships Carpenters Adze
Shipworkers using a Ships Carpenters Adze

Materials processing by hand is as old as civilization; mechanization began with the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century, and in the early 19th century the basic machines for forming, shaping, and cutting were developed, principally in England. Since then, materials-processing methods, techniques, and machinery have grown in variety and number.1

Welcome to the Material Processing category, Please use this category for your research projects pertaining to the processes included in the manipulation and changing of the main medium of wood. The projects that may be included in this category are related to the machinery, tools and products that are used to form and shape and finish the wood. For example you may want to create a page for a specific type of tool or machine, powered by conventional means or by human power. You may also want to create a page related to a process in finishing the wood. The world of tools, machinery and finishing are vast and expansive. Name all files and images appropriately before uploading to our server. Images and files that contain arbitrary titles or naming conventions will be removed from this wiki.


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Project pages in this category

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Froe 146
03-21-2020 20:43
John Morris 11 2 1 Material Processing
Hand Tool
Glossary of Woodworking Machinery 1421
02-19-2020 19:54
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admin 22 0 1 Material Processing
Glossary of Woodworking Hand Tools 3257
02-06-2020 19:44
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Adze 4315
01-25-2020 18:44
admin 42 7 2 Material Processing
Hand Tool
Material Processing Research Portal 6448
01-12-2020 06:36
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admin 40 0 0 Material Processing
Hammer 1276
12-27-2019 07:54
John Morris 49 4 2 Material Processing
Hand Tool
Lie Nielsen No. 6 595
12-14-2019 05:20
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John Morris 25 0 0 Material Processing
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Hand Tool
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Fore Plane
Lie Nielsen No.2 321
12-14-2019 05:20
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John Morris 7 0 0 Material Processing
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Smoothing Plane
Lie Nielsen No.1 483
12-14-2019 05:19
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Axe 2538
11-01-2019 04:37
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admin 93 1 5 Material Processing
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Glossary of Woodworking Joints 1902
10-25-2019 13:07
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anonymous 52 1 1 Material Processing
Material Processing 981
01-20-2019 20:16
admin 5 0 0 Material Processing
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Files and images in this category

  ID T Name Actions
549 Shopsmith Mark 7
548 19th Century Screwdriver
The screwdriver, which began to appear regularly on the woodworker's bench after 1800, did not share the long evolution and tradition of other Anglo-American tool designs. The screwdriver in its early versions frequently had a scalloped blade for no other purpose than decoration. (Smithsonian photo 49794.)
Reference: The Project Gutenberg EBook of Woodworking Tools, 1600–1900, by Peter C. Welsh. http://www.gutenberg.org/files/27238/27238-h/27238-h.htm. Accessed 6 Feb. 2020.
546 19th Century Knowledge Woodworking Adze And Axe
19th century knowledge woodworking adze and axe
Reference: "File:19th century knowledge woodworking adze and axe.jpg." Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. 26 Jan 2014, 23:25 UTC. 25 Jan 2020, 05:06 .
Attribution: Chas. A. Strelinger & Company [Public domain]
523 Pronunciation En Froe
Reference: Team, Forvo. “Froe Pronunciation: How to Pronounce Froe in English.” Forvo.Com, https://forvo.com/word/froe/. Accessed 5 Jan. 2020.
522 Shingle Froe
The shingle froe used by colonial settlers to split shingles, shakes, and lumber for homes in early America. Today the shingle froe is still a primary tool in many traditional woodworking projects which require riving, like Windsor chair spindles and spoons. Simply pound the blade of the froe into the end of a short log with a mallet or maul. Then pull Source: Woodcraft Supply: https://www.woodcraft.com/products/shingle-froe
521 Froe (Print)
Illustration of a froe from Eric Sloan's "Museum of Early American Tools"
Reference: Poole, John. “Old Memes Never Die.” Hawkins House, 22 May 2010, http://josephhawkins.blogspot.com/search/label/Froe.
520 Pole Lathe Turners
Pole lathe turning demonstration at Association of Pole Lathe Turners meeting in Sussex England
Reference: Davis, Carolyn. IMG_1929.JPG. 6 May 2007. Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/carolynhack/489735309/.
518 Carving And Tools
Carving tools and the work of carving
Source: http://pxhere.com/en/photo/1118795
517 Green Tools
514 Ball Pein Hammer
Buck Knives ball pein hammer
Attribution: James Case from Philadelphia, Mississippi, U.S.A. [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]
Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Buck_Knives_Hammer_(5075278861).jpg


1 Britannica, E. “Materials Processing”. Encyclopedia Britannica, 24 July 2019, https://www.britannica.com/technology/materials-processing.

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