Woodworking Techniques and Advice

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.



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.



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.



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.



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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