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Forum topic by BJM97 posted 05-20-2019 03:12 AM 228 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-20-2019 03:12 AM

Hey everybody,

Me and a couple others are in the beginning stages of trying to produce nicer hardwood flooring, base boards, & crown molding. Ideally we would want to grow to a more industrial scale, so we are looking into ways to move boards across different parts of the process. Right now we want to stay away from just buying a power feeder. We have seen some DIY builds and are wondering if anyone else has any ideas or builds of their own.

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#1 posted 05-20-2019 08:15 PM


Buy a moulder..

there is a reason they have been used to produce millwork for over 130 years.

You could get a decent condition modern-ish one for $20,000, Or a nice flat belt machine from the 1900s for $750.

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#2 posted 05-21-2019 03:20 AM

If this is a business venture, buy a moulder for the stick work and a 4×8 or 5×10 CNC for curved and detail work. Don’t even consider trying to build what has already been perfected by others.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#3 posted 05-21-2019 04:58 AM

A 4 head molder like an older XL or check used industrial machinery.

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#4 posted 05-21-2019 10:20 AM

Avoid power feeder? Easy, use a powered conveyor on a dedicated multi-head machine!

+1 Commercial production should use a molder machine.

They are very common in used market. There have been 7-8 of them sold at 3 different auctions here in AZ in last 7 months. Most sold for less than 10K, as they were configured for simple wood shutter parts.
There are a lot of hidden costs buying used molder tools. In recent local sales, the cost for rigger to tear down and move the machines was more than what machine sold for. And then you have buy tooling for molding heads.

Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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