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J. A. Richards Co.
Wood Working Machinery
Jig or Scroll Saw
Die Maker's Saw
Date of Manufacturer:
5/29/2003 4:53:54 PM
If you've ever unfolded a pasteboard box or looked at the intricate cuts needed to produce a postal envelope, then you can appreciate the workmanship that a "Die Maker" used to produce the die that stamped out those pieces. The foundation of the die is a precision-sheet of many-layered thin-veneered birch/maple plywood, known as dieboard. Cut-outs are made in the dieboard, steel cutting-rule is bent and shaped to fit in the cut-out, and the remnants are trimmed and returned back into the cut-outs to support the steel rule.
The die maker would use a jigsaw and drill press many times on each job, so the J. A. Richards Co. combined the two operations into a single machine. Some even add a small diameter circular saw for tablesaw-type operations. The J. A. Richards Company began in the early 1900s and still builds modern versions of those same machine-tools:
JA Richards Saw
As seen on a vendor's site
A close-up view of an older model saw's head-end
As seen from a vendor's inventory
The 21st century adds many options to the saw
From the JA Richards site
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