Gould Shaper, 1860

Description (Brief)
This shaper was built by Ezra Gould in his Newark, New Jersey shop, the shop later became Gould and Eberhardt, a major builder of machine tools. This shaper was used to machine flat surfaces in metal. On a shaper the cutting tool moves and the workpiece stays stationary. Conversely, in a planer the workpiece moves and the cutting tool stays stationary. This design difference allows for precise work on small pieces. This shaper could plane 6 inches long and 14 inches wide.
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Object Name
metal shaper
date made
ca 1860
Gould, Ezra
overall: 51 1/2 in x 20 in x 33 in; 130.81 cm x 50.8 cm x 83.82 cm
Associated Place
United States: Massachusetts, Worcester
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Industry & Manufacturing
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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