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Northrop, E. B.; Chittenden, H. A., Jr. (ed.) / The Wisconsin lumberman, devoted to the lumbering interests of the northwest
(July, 1874)

John S. Loomis' sand-papering machine,   pp. 365-366 PDF (696.6 KB)


Burnettizing,   pp. 366-368 PDF (999.5 KB)


Page 366


366                 2he Wisconuin
will thoroughly and perfectly sand-
paper thirty thousand feet per hour
of any style or form of mouldings.
The corners of the mouldings are
left remarkably clear and sharp-
more so even than when sand-pa-
pered by hand. The surface of the
moulding is left much smoother than
ordinary hand work and is preferred
by painters. One machine will sand-
paper for at least four moulding ma-
chines and will not use over ten cents
worth of sand-paper per day. A
boy can use the machine as well as a
manl-saving skilled or expensive
labor. Of so great value is the nma-
chine that until the present time Mr.
Loomis has never consented-al-
though often asked-to allow his
patent to be constructed for general
use; preferring to have the exclusive
use and control of his valuable in-
vention.  So great has been the
desire of parties interested in wood-
working to secure machines, that
Mr. Loomis has concluded that he
will soon allow them to be placed
upon the market.   So rapid and
perfect is the work accomplished by
these machines that Mr. Loomis
really owes it to the trade that they
should come into general use; and we
are glad to chronicle the fact that he
intends placing them within the
reach of the moulding and wood-
working mills. The mill belonging
to Mr. Loomis employs one hun-
dred hands constantly and does an
annual business of $250,000. Illus-
trations of the sand-papering ma-
chine will soon appear in the Wis-
CoNsBI LumBimmAN, when we shall
expect to give a full and accurate
description of it.
* Lumberman.
BURNETTIZING.
The process of " burnettizing"
timber and lumber has as yet been
little introduced in the west, or in-
deed but little understood or ap-
preciated.
When we consider the enormous
consumption of lumber, with its
great variety of uses and frequent
exposure to the destructive action of
moisture, heat, and imperfect venti-
lation, the importance of some pro-
cess to preserve it from decay can
hardly be estimated. The value of
such a process is not simply in the
cost of the material preserved, great
as that may be.  Its greatest econo-
my consists in saving the expense of
reconstruction, as well as the incon-
venience and delay of frequent re-
pairs. In bridges, railroad tracks,
ships' timbers and spars, sills of
houses, &c., the cost of replacing is
much greater than the first cost of
the lumber. It should be borne in
mind, however, that many of the
cheaper kinds of lumber, when bur-
nettized, are more durable and much
cheaper than the more expensive
woods, unprepared.
In the case of bridges, another
consideration deserves metion. Of
the many terrible disasters occas-
sioned by the giving way of these
structures, under a loaded train of
cars, most have risen from the gradu-
al and unnoticed decay of the tim-
bers, which might have been pre-
vented by subjecting them to the
preserving process.  As burnettized
stuff is also comparatively uninflama-
ble, another danger to which rail-
road bridges are exposed, that of


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