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.

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.

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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Bench Plane

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Project pages in this category

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Glossary of Woodworking Hand Tools 663
06-01-2019 09:43
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admin 132 3 0 Material Processing
Hand Tool
Glossary of Woodworking Machinery 321
05-21-2019 04:22
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Adze 1941
04-25-2019 19:54
admin 30 7 2 Material Processing
Hand Tool
Axe 884
03-27-2019 03:09
delieted intro
admin 74 1 3 Material Processing
Hand Tool
Hammer 564
01-20-2019 20:49
admin 29 4 1 Material Processing
Hand Tool
Material Processing 253
01-20-2019 20:16
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Hand Tool
Lie Nielsen No. 6 158
01-17-2019 21:35
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Hand Plane
Bench Plane
Fore Plane
Material Processing Research Portal 1987
01-17-2019 21:18
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Glossary of Woodworking Joints 472
01-15-2019 04:27
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Lie Nielsen No.1 122
11-15-2018 23:13
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Hand Plane
Bench Plane
Smoothing Plane

Files and images in this category

  ID T Name Actions
89 The Adze And The Ungrooved Axe Of The New England Indians
244 Lie Nielsen Sharpening Instructions
255 Disston Saw Tool File Manual 1953
A general manual on the techniques for sharpening the Disston saw.
Reference: Henry Disston & Sons, Inc. Disston Saw, Tool and File Manual. 1953. Internet Archive, http://archive.org/details/DisstonSawToolFileManual1953.
280 Pronunciation En Axe
66 Pronunciation En Adze
Reference: Team, Forvo. “Pronunciations for Adze (from Adze to Adze).” Forvo.Com, https://forvo.com/search/adze/. Accessed 1 July 2018.
88 Pronunciation En Hammer
Reference: Team, Forvo. “How to Pronounce Hammer in English - Definition and Synonyms of Hammer in English.” Forvo.Com, https://forvo.com/word/hammer/. Accessed 1 July 2018.
269 Card Scraper On Violin
Building of violin - Arching is finished with a card scraper; a thin piece of steel with a sharp edge. It works almost like an ultrafine plane.
Attribution: Violinmaker Jacob von der Lippe [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Card_scraper_-_making_violin.jpg
270 Card Scraper
17 Ships Carpenters Adze
Ship carpenters use adzes on structural timbers for Constitution‘s extensive 1927-1931 restoration. [Courtesy U.S. Navy]

Reference: “Axes and Adzes.” USS Constitution Museum, 28 July 2015, https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org/2015/07/28/axes-and-adzes/.
274 Felling Axe
Felling Axe
Attribution: [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], from Wikimedia Commons
Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Felling_axe.jpg


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