We have a wide range of specialty woodworking equipment, and we'll be using this page to
highlight them. Such items as our Rodgers Panel Saw was actually made here in
California over 50 years ago. Our wood planer is so old that the oil used in
it's gearbox was originally specified for used in steam locomotives. You will
not find equipment like this still being made, big cast iron and overbuilt, it's
still working years after the manufacturers and factories that built them have
long closed up. But they leave behind a legacy that is to be respected, and like
this equipment, we expect our furniture to last for years to come.
Powermatic No. 2-A Single End Tenoner
This is our Powermatic No. 2-A Single End Tenoner, it's used to create the rails
for the doors we make on our furniture. The rails are the horizontal pieces of
the door frame, the stiles are the vertical pieces.
Brief History of Powermatic: Leonard F. Smith was a McMinnville
lumber dealer who made and sold five planers in 1921. He started using the
Powermatic name in 1928, according to the trademark filing. In 1966,
Powermaticónow run by Smith's sonsówas sold to conglomerate Houdaille
Industries; machines were labeled "Powermatic Houdaille (pronounced WHO-dye)."
In April 1986, Houdaille sold Powermatic to Stanwich Industries, which changed
name to Devlieg-Bullard in 1989. Devlieg-Bullard re-sold Powermatic in 1999 to
machinery importer Jet Equipment & Tools. In 2002 Jet became part of the WMH
Tool Group, which now includes Powermatic, Jet, Performax and Wilton.
From the 1966 Powermatic Catalog:
Stay tuned! More to come !
The Wood Furniture Factory
926 Coolidge Ave. National City CA 91950
(619)474-4747 M-F 9:00AM-5:00PM, SAT 9:00AM-2:00PM (Closed Sundays)