What Types of Machines Are Used in the Woodworking Industry?

Woodworking is a popular profession and hobby. No matter your project, there are a variety of machines for woodworking available to use. Thanks to advancements in the industry, woodworkers have a variety of high-caliber tools and machines at their disposal. Manual and automatic woodworking machinery make completing a wood project simple and effective.

Below, we’ll unpack various types of woodworking machines and accessories, essential to any woodworking business.

Types of Woodworking Machines

If there’s a project you need to accomplish, you may be debating which machine to use. Check out this list of common machines for woodworking and determine which one is the best woodworking machine for your project.

Wide Belt Sanding Machines

woodworking rubber belt

Wide belt sanders are popular machines in the woodworking industry. Most commonly used for finishing and deburring wood and metal parts, wide belt sanding machines create even surfaces on solid wood materials (plywood, boards, etc.).

Wide belt sanders are a versatile option for many woodworkers because they have multiple configurations. This sanding equipment can be found in the production of:

  • Hardwood floors
  • Cabinetry
  • Edgebanding
  • Profile sanders and shapers
  • Deburring
  • Metal finishing and stamping


Brushing Machines

woodworking brushing machine in use

Brushing machines create a uniform workpiece surface finish after undergoing turning, punching, milling, or machining processes. Removal of dust or impurities is a secondary application of brushing machines in woodworking


Planing Machines

wood planing machine in use by a woodworker

The woodworking planner machine is used to create a linear reciprocating motion between the tools and the workpiece. It also has an auxiliary movement (infeed motion) to plan horizontal, inclined, dovetail, T-shaped, V-shaped, and vertical groves.

Often used to create wood joints for cabinetry making or any other type of wooden furniture, woodworking planner machines are an absolute must to create precise cuts. Plus, there exists a wide range of joinery machines from industrial machinery to handheld planning machines.


Wood Lathe Machines

wood lathe machine in use to shape wood

A wood lathe is a versatile tool used in the manufacturing industry designed specifically for woodworking applications. It’s used to cut, sand, drill, face, turn and deform workpieces. Though smaller and simpler than their metal counterparts, they operate similarly by exposing a rotating workpiece to a stationary cutting tool.


CNC Machines

wood cnc machine used to shape wood

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines are tools that cut or move material as programmed on the controller. The type of cutting can vary from plasma cutting to laser cutting, milling, routing, and lathes. CNC machines can even pick up and move items on an assembly line.

Below are basic types of CNC machines:

  • Lathes
  • Routers
  • Milling
  • Plasma Cutters
  • 3D Printer


Common Types of Woodworking Accessories

That pretty much was the major woodworking machines, used daily for all kinds of projects whether that is crafting cabinet doors, boxes, or simple wooden planks. Now the question is, how do these woodworking machines function? Well, there is a key component to the most used woodworking machines: woodworking belts. Let’s introduce the main types of belts you may find in the woodworking industry.


: Truly endless feed belts used in slicing and supersurfacing machines

Truly endless feed belts are used in slicing and super surfacing machines. They’re mostly used to produce veneer, flooring, and wooden laminates.


Rubber and Metal Rollers

Sanding, contact rollers, pressure or feed wheels

These components are for sanding, contact rollers, pressure, or feed wheels. They’re also applicable for roller pads, tracks, and molded items for edgebanding, squaring, tenoning, and sanding/calibrating machines.


Sandbelt /Sandroll

woodworking wide sander belt

Truly endless pressure belts with felt chevron or strip profile are used as support belts of the abrasive paper in sanding-calibrating machines. Sandbelts are fitted with either diagonal or V-felt stripes.



Moviroll MRE Roll pusher

Safely and effectively transport racks and carts with the Renova MoviCart unit. This accessory reduces forklift traffic and eliminates worker strain.



wood grip woodworking belt

These feed belts are for edge and profile sanding machines with an integrally molded v-guide on the inner side. OEM supplier for Delle Vedove, and Makor machinery.


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