Woodworking Techniques and Advice
Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 11 April 2016 00:00
Mention a CNC machine to most woodworkers and they will envision a large machine with a sheet of plywood being cut with a router. For the most part, that is an accurate image of a CNC machine in the woodworking industry.
However, there are many unique and specialized CNC machines in the woodworking industry that are smaller in size and rarely, if ever, see a whole sheet of plywood. In addition, there are numerous accessories and options that can significantly extend the capabilities of any CNC router.
Some are a fourth axis (rotary) that acts like a lathe, while fifth and sixth axes can be attached to the Z-axis for it to cut horizontally in the X-Y plane, which is the plane of the table.
There are also CNC machines that are configured differently and approach the use of how to use fourth, fifth and sixth axes in a different manner. One such manufacturer is Legacy CNC Woodworking of Springville, Utah. And if that name rings a bell, Legacy is the inventor and manufacturer of the Legacy Ornamental Mill, which is one of the more unique methods of controlling and using a typical router for a wide variety of creative woodworking tasks.
Legacy has a wide variety of CNC machines that perform three-, four- and five-axis cutting operations. Its production models range from a 2’ x 2’, 3-axis benchtop model to a 4’ x 8’, five-axis floor model. Custom-sized models are also available.
Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 14 March 2016 00:00
Does every shop need digital fabrication capabilities? While I can make the argument that it will eventually improve anyone’s bottom line, there are exceptions.
Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 15 February 2016 00:00
A CNC router can give a small shop big capabilities. As proof, I submit John Lesage’s 900-sq.-ft. space in Guilford, Conn.
Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 18 January 2016 00:00
RES Woodworking in Clinton, Conn., has a well-equipped shop. On a recent visit, I quickly noted a SawStop table saw, Altenrdorf F45 slider, 36” wide belt sander, dovetailer, Kreg multi-spindle pocket hole and 4’ x 8’ face-frame table, and several shapers and router tables. It actually took a minute to find the Omnitech Selexx Pal CNC machine, painted bright orange with a 5’ x 10’ worktable.
Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 14 December 2015 00:00
Not all aspects of digital fabrication have to do with tools and manufacturing. There are also tools available that assist in the initiation of product demand and order management, for example.
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