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US Patent: 223
Machine for planing boards, &c.
Whitney's improved planing machine
Patentee:
Samuel Whitney - Dunstable, NH

USPTO Classifications:
144/118, 144/246.1

Tool Categories:
woodworking machines : cutter head machines : wood planers

Assignees:
None

Manufacturer:
Not known to have been produced

Witnesses:
William Bishop
William P. Elliot

Patent Dates:
Granted: Jun. 03, 1837

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Description:
This planer bears more resemblance to a Daniels planer than a Woodworth planer. The 1878 book, "History of the Town of Townsend, Middlesex County, Massachusetts", by Ithamar B. Sawtelle, says, "Samuel Whitney, of this town, was the inventor of what is known as the Woodworth planer. He spent considerable time and money on this machine. He had a model made by a competent machinist, which did the work admirably, and he intended to secure a patent on the same, but while he delayed in attending to that business, and dreaming about the fortune he hoped to make by it, a dishonest man stealthily invaded the premises in which the model was stored, took drawings and admeasurements of it, from which another model was made and sent to Washington, and a patent was taken out in another man's name." It is highly doubtful there is any truth to this story. The patentee of the Woodworth planer, William Woodworth, was an impoverished carpenter in Hudson, NY, 180 miles from Dunstable (now Nashua), NH. In the aftermath of one of the lawsuits related to his invention, Woodworth reportedly admitted that he had stolen the idea from the Shakers, and they were all following in the footsteps of Englishman Samuel Bentham.

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