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Blog entry by Ron Messersmith posted 01-12-2019 06:15 PM 479 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 1 year ago, I asked for input on incorporating CNC into your woodworking. I’ve been away for a while and just returned to Lumberjacks. I see many responses to my blog and appreciate them all. I made the decision to include CNC into my woodwork after watching a you tube video by a fantastic woodworker, Anthony Pitts, of Squim, Washington. He had posted a video on his “Insignia Box” that he had constructed using a desktop ShopBot. I had just completed a similar box for a customer whose daughter had recently entered the Navy’s flight training program. It took me about 1 week to complete the box. I was pretty proud of my results. I watched Anthony’s video and was amazed at the beauty of his box and more amazed at the fact it only took him 7 hours to make it. I decided to purchase a machine because of the ability to incorporate embellishments such as letter engravings, etc.
I chose Legacy’s 3×5 Maverick. Legacy is known for it’s ornamental mills which I have used for many years in my furniture restoration business and I admire their company. They are located in Springville, Utah and include a fantastic training support for their machines. I have owned the machine for 7 months and still learning how to use it. I consider it as just another machine that enables me to incorporate additional techniques to expand the projects I want to attempt. I will be adding additional information about my experience with the machine and projects in the future.

-- Jupiter



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#1 posted 01-13-2019 01:43 PM

Looking forward to hearing more on the topic. Am thinking of adding CNC and interested in hearing how you accumulated the other digital skills to use the machine. What software do you have to learn to be able to use the tools well. How do you integrate the tool into your other woodworking?

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#2 posted 01-13-2019 06:19 PM

In response to jensenms: Thanks for the comment. I was also assuming you needed considerable computer skills to run a CNC machine. I watched many you tube videos and discovered that the majority of small wood shops used the software VCarve Pro or Aspire to run their machines. These are programs from Vectric which is a company out of the UK. I purchased my machine from Legacy Woodworking out of Springville, Utah. The software, Aspire, came with my machine. Legacy also offers a 2 day free workshop for new owners that introduces you to the basics. They also have a great training program that is free for anybody interested in owning a Legacy machine. Most of my training has come from watching you tube tutorials about CNC Woodworking. The Vectric software also includes many training videos. You do not need to know “G” code to operate your machine. The software does that for you. As far as incorporating the tool into my other woodworking: I have used it for those woodworking skills that I lack such as carving. I do not own the tools that would enable me to engrave or to carve 3-D objects into a project. The CNC allows me to personalize projects with lettering in any style font imaginable. My very first project that I completed in the first week after receiving my machine was a sign for the owners of a horse farm. The sign was 3 feet x 5 feet and included a 3D carving of a horse. I was able to complete the project with absolutely no training other that a tutorial I watched from Vectric. I also make many toys and found that I can easily produce parts such as wheels for train sets with much more realistic designs. One feature that I find fascinating is your ability to design a project and preview the actual results before committing the project to the machine. I recommend that if you own a computer, to just watch a few videos by Vectric.com or Legacy Woodworking Machinery.com. These will help to introduce you to the basics of CNC woodwork. Good Luck

-- Jupiter

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#3 posted 01-16-2019 03:59 AM

Jupiter – thanks for taking the time for a very detailed reply. I’ll definitely take your recommendations and hope to learn enough to post something here.

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