John H. Gage Iron Planer, c. 1837

Description (Brief)
John H. Gage made this iron planer in his shop located in Nashua, New Hampshire. Gage’s shop is considered to be the first shop in the nation devoted to the manufacture of machinist's tools. On a planer the cutting tool stays stationary while the workpiece moves back and forth. This configuration allows for precise work on large jobs. The table’s bed length is 44 and 5/16 inches long and 11 and 7/16 inches wide. The table is driven by a 2 inch diameter screw of 1.25 inch pitch.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
machine tool, metalworking, planer
maker
Gage, John H.
Place Made
United States: New Hampshire, Nashua
ID Number
MC*315150
catalog number
315150
accession number
217241
subject
Industry & Manufacturing
Work
Machine Shop
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Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing
Machine Shop
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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