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Blog entry by Michael smith posted 02-15-2015 01:32 PM 2491 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

CNC machine in the shop!
I get tons of advertisements on CNC machines
I guess I am from the old school. I love making things out of wood BY HAND or with power tools to some extent.
I can’t see where using a CNC computer run machine offers any skills (except setup & computer skills)
For centuries man used tools and added a personal touch. He can say he made it, using planes,gouges,saws etc.
That is where the enjoyment & fun is.
Maybe I am not up with the times.
Just my point of view.

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#1 posted 02-15-2015 04:22 PM

A CNC machine can’t carve perfectly voiced violin, mandolin or guitar plates …. yet. Top end ” factory ” guitars are barely touched by human hands. When the same CNC components go to the ” custom shop ” they are hand voiced by ear, one at a time. A skilled human has made the difference. That is just one of the new kinds of ” hand made”. I would like to have a CNC but I can only just get by with an ordinary computer.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#2 posted 02-15-2015 04:52 PM

My passion for woodworking comes from the hands on enjoyment, pride and relaxation I get from being completely involved in designing and creating each step by hand. This is what motivates me…but everyone is not the same.

My computer interests are very basic…email, web site looking and some basic spreadsheets to keep stuff organized. I dislike sitting in front of a computer screen and therefore have no interests in learning the CNC shills such as sketchup etc. But for those individuals with more computer interests… the CNC machines are good. They don’t have to be involved in all the “hands on” steps but just the end product.

I’m still waiting to see someone create a box like this one on their CNC

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Don Niermann

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#3 posted 02-15-2015 07:47 PM

After 50+ years of working with computers I do not want a CNC in my wood shop. It does not need wood working scills.

-- WOOD/DON ( has the right to ones opinion but not the right to ones own facts...)

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#4 posted 02-16-2015 01:14 AM

I am PRO CNC – The question of whether it belongs in fine woodworking or ???? Since I am trying to persuade woodworkers to SEE if this will benefit them- I suggest watching videos on Andrew Pitts Furniture maker. Here is an example of a traditional furniture maker ( he even mills his own lumber ), who has one and inspired me to get one.
CONS: Pricy, time- yes you can easily get started BUT to make the good stuff you will need lots of it.
Conclusion: Yes to the CNC if you will use it.
MY machine is a Laguna IQ hhc- 5 stars, quality and customer service. Software- Vetric Aspire 4.5- 5 Stars. Tool bits- Amana 5 Stars.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#5 posted 02-17-2015 04:51 AM

I say do it up man! Only person you have to please is yourself! It’s on my list to do as well…............but then again, I like gadgets, electronics and what not.

-- Jim, Michigan

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