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Blog entry by Jack Rigg posted 02-22-2019 03:33 AM 412 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The title of this blog is the lead for the advertising posts that I use on Facebook, it’s kind of a trademark of mine, although it’s not really proprietary. I was in a bit of a quandary in 2014 and needing work, having just left a fairly cushy job at a millwork company while determined to step back out on my own. I’d spent the previous 11 years programming various CNC’s, as well as other software related tasks such as AutoCAD and Inventor. Prior to that, I’d been a trim guy and stair builder since 1978, while having been in the building trades, in multiple vocations, since ‘74…

Last February I had my third heart attack, the first two were minor, if there is such a thing as a minor heart attack. The last one wasn’t… So, I’ve begun looking for something else to do related to wood other than software. That’s how I came across Lumber Jocks, I’m wanting to learn more about different aspects of woodwork that I haven’t pursued over the years, as a means of earning a bit of extra income as I advance into the late Autumn of my life. While I’m very accomplished at what I do now, I want to change course in a slightly different direction…

I feel a bit guilty, as I’m likely to receive a lot more from this forum than I’m able to give back, but there again, someone may need a hand with a set of squeaky stairs or a sassy router may bore through the phenolic and I’ll have an opportunity to give a bit back.

Now, in future posts, I’ll show some techniques that I use as a stair builder, maybe a few things even some experienced folks on here can use in their own endeavors…

-- Jack https://Carterscreekrenovations.Com



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#1 posted 02-23-2019 03:41 PM

Wow! Looks like you’ve had quite a career!
Welcome to Lumberjocks!
-Dale

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#2 posted 02-23-2019 04:14 PM

Welcome to Ljs Jack
It seems you have a lot to offer others with your programming and inventing capabilities. As for making extra money, It seems you could make products by acquiring your own CNC given the low cost of homeowners CNCs on the market now. I also think you may be able to teach individuals how to use and program their CNCs .I know my local High school shop teacher is having a tough time figuring out how to operate his newly acquired CNC.

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#3 posted 02-26-2019 03:03 AM


Welcome to Ljs Jack
It seems you have a lot to offer others with your programming and inventing capabilities. As for making extra money, It seems you could make products by acquiring your own CNC given the low cost of homeowners CNCs on the market now. I also think you may be able to teach individuals how to use and program their CNCs .I know my local High school shop teacher is having a tough time figuring out how to operate his newly acquired CNC.

- a1Jim

Thank you for the welcome Jim… My programming experience with CNCs is mainly composed of engineering parametric programs, using Boolean Code, essentially creating parameters and such, much like you would see on an Excel spreadsheet (my VBA experience is lacking except for looking up the necessary code to perform a specific task) . Otherwise, I incorporate Autocad’s capabilities into VCarve or other such software (Meshcam as an example) and lofting profiles when/as needed. I doubt I could create a square using their software (I’m an old dog that’s used to gnawing on cad for his treats), so I could likely learn a trick or two from members on that.

I intend to build a machine over the next few years, if I can continue to outrun the wind, I think that’s the best way to move into the CNC world for the backyard types that want to save a little money, build for a specific purpose and do it without a mortgage or loan. There again, it’s interesting to note that a lot of the software necessary to doing some of the more intricate work is available via subscription, but maybe is provided as a seat from some of the manufacturers, that stuff is expensive.

Inventor is an awesome software, mine if fully integrated with the suite I have. It’s functionality in the wood working world is great but difficult to learn unless you start out with it. The drawing environment is ‘different’ to what older CAD users have grown up on. There are functions that make it extremely powerful, iLogic is a major step forward, utilizing both Boolean and VBA in such a way (Forms and intuitive interfaces) that it could revolutionize the design of cabinetry and such, especially for customizing standard patterns or models with just a few flicks of a mouse’s tail. I love using it, but have found my skills slowly eroding as I don’t have a contract with a ‘Space Shuttle’ designer to utilize my talents and superior sporting abilities.

Ya’ll take care, soon to come a few awesome stair projects…

-- Jack https://Carterscreekrenovations.Com

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#4 posted 02-26-2019 03:23 AM



Wow! Looks like you ve had quite a career!
Welcome to Lumberjocks!
-Dale

- DMiller

Thank you Dale, I’ve led a sinful yet entertaining life… whilst through it all, it’s been full of blessings, rewards and regardless of circumstance, I’ve been fun to watch…

-- Jack https://Carterscreekrenovations.Com

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