Woodworking Techniques and Advice

‘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.

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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.

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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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Sharpen your skills with a CNC metal-cutting machine

Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 19 October 2015 00:00

It’s not unusual for a woodshop to call on a metal shop for help with a project. Maybe you need a custom range hood, some metal railing or a stronger method to hang some cabinets.

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Brushless motor spindles are quietly efficient

Written by R.W. Lee Monday, 14 September 2015 00:00

Many of today’s digital fabrication technologies are not all that new, just a variation on a theme. For instance, electric motors and methods of controlling their speed have been around for more than a century, but new technologies in motor types and their control are critical to the operation of CNC equipment.

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