In large furniture factories about 16 different machines are used, ranging from the simplest band-saw to the most complex computer controlled spindle moulder. The woodmachinist has to set up, adjust, operate and maintain them all.
The unprepared wood is sawn into the required shapes and sizes. It is then transported to the planning machine. If the joining of wood or panels of wood is necessary, dowel pins are inserted. Details, according to design specifications, are then marked off on the wood. The next machine is then set and adjusted to obtain the required form. The wood is held
firmly in place with set apparatus.
Some of these tasks require special skills, whilst others are completed automatically by the machine.