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Northfield Woodworking is one of the last remaining machinery manufacturers who’s machines are entirely built in the US. They have been in business since 1920 and have operated out of the same facility in Northfield Minnesota since.

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50 COMMENTS

  1. Now that was cool. I wish you could have seen where I worked Matt, at GE Steam turbine in Schenechtady NY. Everything there was cololassal. I have never in my life been around engine lathes so massive in my life, let alone machining centers large enough to mill generator cases verticlally in one pass. It was utterly mind blowing.

  2. I never saw this video until it popped up as a recommended. Super cool. Jeff is a great tour guide, and the facility is impressive. A tour here with a group from OWWM was the last thing I did before all the Covid lockdowns lol

  3. I never saw this video until it popped up as a recommended. Super cool. Jeff is a great tour guide, and the facility is impressive. A tour here with a group from OWWM was the last thing I did before all the Covid lockdowns lol

  4. Im from Covington KY ( northern Kentucky, just across the Ohio River, from Cincinnati Ohio).
    I remember when I was younger, the majority of the buildings in Down town Covington KY were machine shops of some sort.
    Also, the area of Down town Cincinnati Ohio, that is at the bottom of Price Hill, there were machine shops every where for a few miles in almost every direction.
    All of these shops are about gone, and or shutting down.
    The awesome machines that were in these shops, and the history behind them!!!
    I'll also say, the shop in this video, you could have putt 10 of them in just one shop that I'm talking about.
    None the less, the shop in this video, is somewhere, that I would love to work, if not just visit.

  5. Since they are probably one of the last remaining pattern makers for their products, I wonder if they might ever consider resurrecting one of the holy grails of woodworkers and home-hobbyists: The pattern-maker's vice.

    Try to find an Emmert for anything under $800 that's worth buying!

  6. Point of contention: That "Radial arm saw" is actually known as a "Unipoint" saw. It's set up so that, no matter the angle or bevel of the blade, all cuts will intersect at the face of the fence. It's a really slick design.

    I'm surprised you didn't walk out back into their seasoning field. Last time I was there, I was astounded to see a couple acres of meadow strewn with tons and tons of cast iron. They take the pieces right out of casting, and just heave 'em out back for a few years to sit out in the weather, go through a whole bunch of time in Minnesota's brutal winters and unreasonably hot summers. This goes a long way toward relieving internal stresses before they ever see a machining table, and is part of the reason why they are able to hold such tight tolerances over the years.

  7. Thank you for making this video show casing American Made equipment. It's guys like you and videos like this that can raise an awareness that can bring manufacturing of high quality equipment back to the US. Edwards Iron workers made in MN, Ellis metal band saws made in WI, TW90 belt grinders. All very high quality equipment made right here in the USA

  8. Did he ever tell you how many people are employed there? I also wonder who has the knowledge and secrets to take the business forward. It would be a shame to lose that man's knowledge and not pay it forward.

  9. Matt's version of the Great Northfield Raid. Awesome shop. I have operated several of those radials and the Blanchard grinder. Conventional machine tools still make the world go around.

  10. There are actually several wood working machinery manufacturers still in the United States! Diehl Machines on the banks of the Wabash in Indiana makes ripsaws, gang ripsaws, tenoners, and splicers.

  11. I love machines but this place put me off.. The whole shop needs renovation due to health, safety and fire hazard issues.The poor workers must be deaf from the extreme high pitch of the old machinery………Please more nature and trees Mr Cremona thank you.

  12. Dude, thanks for this.

    I've been wondering if there were any manufacturers left here in the states.
    I wish I had the overhead to purchase an entire line of solely their machinery.

    The fact you can call them with a serial number and they can tell you everything about it is amazing and speaks volumes of the way things used to be.

    An 8" joiner that weighs half a ton?
    Yeah, I'll take it.

  13. I used a Northfield tablesaw (12" blade I think) at Faribault, MN Vo-Tech Cabinet-Making / Carpentry classes during my 1971 to 1973 studies. It was a remarkable tool! Turn it on and it hummed rather quietly, no vibration or other noises, always accurate to my settings. Excellent, excellent tools!

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