Developed the lateral router, establishing a means for mass producing wood letters.
Created the first wood type catalog in 1828 - "In the preface to his first wood type catalog, Wells outlined the advantages of wood type. Wood type was half the cost of metal type, and when prepared by machine it had smooth, even surfaces, where the possibility of unequal cooling caused large lead type to distort." Hamilton Wood Type Museum Site
In 1834, introduced the pantograph to the manufacturing process; Adapting the pantograph to the Wells router, thecombination formed the basic machinery required for making wood type on a production basis.