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Video: How I use a grid system to make digital woodworking easier

CNCs are wonderful machines. For woodworkers who want to combine traditional woodworking with digital techniques, they can do all kinds of useful tasks. But, they can be challenging tools to master. Certainly, the technology is intimidating for some, but even if it’s not, I’ve found that some of the everyday tasks you do to prepare, set up, align and hold the wood to be ongoing challenges.

Positioning, aligning, registering and holding parts

Sure, wood is not as difficult to machine as metal, but cutting wood on a CNC is not as simple as you’d think. Wood machines fine once you learn how to mix a combination of bits, spindle speed, and feed rates. It’s all the other challenges that keep you on your toes. Wood is thick, relatively large, a lot of mass and weight and the physics challenges that come with it. Add that it’s slick and really wants to move while being cut.



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