Woodworking Techniques and Advice

Weighing the costs of CNC raises important questions

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.



Small shop grows with CNC purchase

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.



‘Certainty of the outcome’ boosts value of CNC

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.



Ordering tools can drive your shop’s demand

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.



Thermwood’s Cut Center shortens the learning curve

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

cuttingedgeTo successfully operate a CNC router, shops usually need at least one fully trained operator who is an expert on the necessary software. This includes the design and manufacturing programs (CAD/CAM), as well as for the CNC router’s controller.



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