Rex Lumber Company has the end matching equipment to apply T & G profiles to the ends of flooring and paneling. Prior to end-matching the material to be end matched is run through one of our moulders, the ends are trimmed square, and the material is possibly defected depending upon our customers specifications.
The end matcher is a feed through machine. The stock is fed in, face down, from one side and a head carriage runs across the end of the piece. The carriage carries a scoring blade, which is used to minimize tear out on the end grain, which followed by a cutter head similar to a moulder head. The cutter head cuts a tongue profile on the end of the stock. The stock continues to feed through the machine. As the tail end of the stock passes the head carriage a second piece is fed into the machine. At this time the carriage comes out and scoring saws trim the ends, and the cutter heads not only cuts the tongue on the new piece, but it also cuts the groove on the first piece. The first piece is then fed out of the machine, the second advances into a machine, and a new piece is fed in. This process continues until all stock has been end matched.