Woodworking Techniques and Advice

Carbide cutters aren’t always what they seem

Written by John English Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00

john_englishRouter bits, shaper cutters, molder/planer knives and saw blades are constantly being asked to cut, mill or shape new products in new ways. From plastics and resins to manufactured sheet cores, the tooling that we use is continually facing new challenges as material technology advances. Most of the tools we use in woodshops are carbide-tipped, carbide inserts or milled from solid carbide. Knowing something about the way that carbide is produced and graded might help a shop owner make more informed choices when buying bits and blades.

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CNC and your ROI

Written by John English Monday, 17 February 2014 00:00

john_englishThe following is a starting point for shop owners thinking of making the leap into CNC machinery. It might also be useful for shops that are already up and running as they can use it to introduce new employees to the process.

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Staying on the straight and narrow

Written by John English Monday, 18 November 2013 00:00

john_englishMaintenance costs time and money. But if we don’t do it, the cost goes up.

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CNC tooling manufacturers plan for a boom

Written by John English Monday, 19 August 2013 00:00

john_englishWith housing starts strengthening, manufacturers of CNC tooling are planning for a period of sustained growth in the woodworking world. So far, the major emphasis seems to be at the lighter end of the tooling scale and often on sets of cutters.

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Profits start to add up with an aggregate

Written by Bob Barone Monday, 15 July 2013 00:00

baroneWikipedia states: “An aggregate is a collection of items that are gathered together to form a total quantity.” OK, I can work with that, although it’s probably not the best description of a tool for our industry. An aggregate or angle head, as the metal working industry calls it, is a device that is attached to the spindle drive of a CNC to allow the user to rout or drill at different angles other than where the spindle is orientated. They are almost always used in conjunction with a tool change format like HSK, ISO or BT.

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