Rieger Tour - Wood

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05.jpg (10344 bytes) Behind the main factory building is the wood barn. Here, stocks of raw lumber from forests around Europe are stored outdoors for several years to properly season.
06.jpg (16708 bytes) If the wood is not seasoned like this, it will be unstable and will warp, crack and otherwise do undesirable things when used to make the various parts of an instrument.
07.jpg (16856 bytes) Here, you can see where cracks in the ends of the boards have been arrested  while the lumber continues to season. Of course these metal clips and the cracked ends are not used in the finished product.
08.jpg (13534 bytes) When stocks run low inside the factory, lumber is brought out of the barn and loaded into the heated factory.
09.jpg (15623 bytes) Here, wood is further seasoned in an indoor environment.
10.jpg (20576 bytes) Lumber spends another year or so indoors before being used. Here you can also see one of the large band saws and a traveling crane.
11.jpg (20547 bytes) Part of the wood shop. In the foreground is a large planer for smoothing the rough lumber. At the right is a long, automatic saw which is very handy for starting a smooth edge on rough lumber. Overhead, you can see the sawdust collection pipes leading to a large vacuum.
12.jpg (17248 bytes) The control panel of the automatic saw. A laser beam is projected on the lumber to show precisely where the saw will cut. Boy is that great!
13.jpg (16002 bytes) Workers feeding a board through the planer. The surface comes out so smooth that is scarcely requires sanding!
14.jpg (18842 bytes) An industrial, production drill press makes cutting the thousands of holes precise and expedient.
15.jpg (20176 bytes) Some of the finished product, some interior brackets.

Virtual Tour of Rieger Orgelbau 1999 Richard Crowley