Woodworking Techniques and Advice

Next-gen joinery system can save time and boosts profits

Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 16 January 2017 00:00

NextWave Automation has paired a fence and router lift to create the Ready2Rout joinery system, which makes setting up a router table to cut blind and half-blind dovetails, box joints, dados and rabbets as easy a pressing a button.

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3-D modeling programs add a new dimension

Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 12 December 2016 00:00

When woodworkers hear “CNC,” they usually think of a large 3-axis machine zipping back and forth cutting sheet goods into parts. In their mind, most machining is at 90 degrees in the vertical and horizontal planes.

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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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