Woodworking Techniques and Advice

Rendering can seal the shakiest of deals

Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 14 August 2017 00:00

You are at the end of a long design process for a large and very profitable job. The client has not been the easiest to work with, but you and your staff have persevered. The process is at the point of signing the contract and getting the first deposit, when the client says: “I’d really like to see what the finished kitchen will look like.” You close your eyes, take a deep breath and struggle for a response.



SketchUp makes CAD learning comfortable

Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 12 June 2017 00:00

When @Last Software released SketchUp in 2000, woodworkers found an alternative to the high price and learning obstacles of CAD programs.



When is buying a used CNC your best option?

Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 15 May 2017 00:00

Sticker shock is a predictable reaction from small shops looking to purchase their first CNC setups for cabinet parts production. New high-end American- or European-made machines are in the neighborhood of $125,000 to $250,000. Mid-range machines with fewer features and options range from $75,000 to $100,000.



Honesty is the best policy for a good CNC sales rep

Written by Jay Hilligrass Monday, 10 April 2017 00:00

The question I’m most often asked is, “What should I consider when buying a CNC router?”



Easy learning curve for Cabinet Vision software

Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 13 March 2017 00:00

Some cabinetmakers view design software as too complicated and hard to learn. However, if they would take a moment to think about how they learned their trade and their knowledge of parts manufacturing and assembly, it might not seem so daunting.



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