Woodworking Techniques and Advice

The intricate science behind CNC tooling

Written by John English Monday, 13 April 2015 00:00

john_englishJohn Parsons was born in Detroit in 1913. Thanks to Henry Ford and others like him, that was a good place to grow up if you wanted to be an inventor. After two world wars and an economic depression, Parsons was working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio during the late 1940s. He and his assistant, Frank Stulen, were designing propeller blades for helicopters when Parsons conceived the notion of using nascent computer technology to control the path of a cutter.

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The CNC purchase is mere prologue

Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 16 March 2015 00:00

Introducing a CNC router to a woodworking business is more than just buying the machine and putting it in the shop. Like all management or market-driven changes to an existing business that introduces a new technology, there needs to be planning beyond the financial arrangements.

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The sound in a cut never lies

Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 16 February 2015 00:00

A good ear can help with a CNC router’s performance, but only after careful consideration is given to tooling selection, and feed and speed rates

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Getting past the spin when it comes to spindles

Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 15 December 2014 00:00

The last piece of non-consumable hardware of a three-axis CNC router is the spindle. Many woodworkers already own a spindle, though they know it as a router.

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Get a grip: Hold-down methods for CNC routers

Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00

Just like a worktable or workbench, a CNC router needs a surface on which to place sheet goods or lumber stock and a way to hold those materials in place when they are being machined.

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