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 In Shop Blog, Techniques

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custom CNC

I couldn’t find a CNC designed for furniture making, so I had mine custom made. Now, woodworkers have some off-the-shelf choices that fit our special requirements.

Part Two. Decisions to Make

I’ve been using CNC services since the late ’90s to create patterns, jigs and fixture components and a few furniture parts. After years of use, the potential of a CNC as a useful tool in woodworking was obvious. But, if I was going to make the most of it, I needed get my own machine. A couple of things were holding me back. Which machine to buy was a complicated decision. I knew what I needed, but the machine I wanted wasn’t available. That said, the major reason for the delay in getting my own CNC was more about choosing and committing to an advanced CAD software package that I could live with for a long time.

Big Machines Don’t Fit Well in Small Shops

Until recently, most CNCs were expensive and designed for cabinet shops who use sheet goods and are sized 4×8 or larger.


 

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