Woodworking Techniques and Advice

Shaper Origin is a giant leap in CNC router technology

Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 14 November 2016 00:00

Installation of a three-axis CNC router for panel processing is, obviously, a significant capital investment. But other challenges remain, such as space and electrical requirements; dust collection and compressor upgrades; software buying decisions and employee training. There are other considerations, but this list is enough to scare off many small-shop owners.

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Thermwood’s software makes magic for shop owners

Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 17 October 2016 00:00

Of all the cabinet design and manufacturing software available to woodworkers, eCabinet Systems from Thermwood Corp. is certainly unique.

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UV flatline finishing can produce long-term savings

Written by Tim Workman Monday, 15 August 2016 00:00

UV flatline finishing technology has been around for decades and has offered finishers increased throughput and efficiency when finishing flat objects, such as doors and panels, under a spray. It has primarily been used in the manufacturing of kitchen cabinets, wood furniture and flat-wood building products. Though originally designed to operate with clearcoat solvent-based finishes, the technology saw growth as waterborne clearcoat finishes entered the market.

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Connecticut shop finds its niche as CNC service provider

Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 13 June 2016 00:00

Dave Hall’s business, Hall’s Edge in Stamford, Connecticut, is a CNC machining service provider that makes boxes for cabinetmakers, thus making those cabinetmakers more efficient and profitable. He does this with a CNC machine, an edgebander, a forklift and three CAD/CAM software packages.

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Don’t get tied in knots over spindle maintenance

Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 16 May 2016 00:00

A basic 3-axis CNC router used in the woodworking industry is a substantial piece of equipment. The frame and gantry are large pieces of heavy-gauge steel welded together; the motion control systems, rails and the trucks, are made of precision-machined high-quality steel, as are the linear-drive systems.

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