CNCs in woodworking #1: Making a Debut at Maleny Wood Fest.

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Blog entry by degoose posted 05-09-2012 12:09 AM 3723 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of CNCs in woodworking series Part 2: My new CNC router... »

Once more Keith has come up with a winning machine… first the RouterMaster, then the SlabMaster and a few years ago, the Torque WorkCentre… many of you know I bought one and love it…...

Now the machine we have all been waiting for… the CNC Router…Making its debut at the Maleny Wood Expo last weekend…

Keith has been making industrial CNC machines for many years and is his passion…this is his first foray into the smaller more affordable machine… he has been working closely with Bruce and David to bring out this fabulous machine…

Bruce is a sign maker and has been using the Shark Pro but he say this out performs anything he has seen.

David is the Computer guy..

The dust guard and collection was removed for the demonstration…

For those who are wondering…C.S.I. in this sign stands for Can’t Stand Idiots…

This is one heavy duty machine…. the set up can be expanded to a full 1200 by 2400 mm work surface… and can include a vacuum table..

All the components are very good quality and the machine itself is probably over engineered for its size…The spindle is 4HP but there is talk of a lighter CNC router for the hobbiest which will be cheaper than this one…

Price is going to be around the $9,000 to $10,000 mark… and this will include the machine, computer, a selection of cutters and software…there will also be drawers in the cabinet to keep all the tools you will need..

Speaking of software… Mach 3 and V-Carve Pro will be included…

All in all a great package… but the proof is in the routing…using Red Ironbark as the blank…

This is after roughing out… the outline of a beaver is easily seen…

The machine parks itself for tool change after each toolpath is completed..

Now after the fine cutter is fitted..

Very fine details can be seen… even the hair on the beaver’s back…

Bit of a rough head but the sign is fabulous…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 05-09-2012 12:15 AM

Luv it Larry! C.S.I. – mine would be I.C.S.I.E. I Can’t Stand Idiots Either

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#2 posted 05-09-2012 12:20 AM

That looks like a great router Larry. love that sign.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#3 posted 05-09-2012 12:51 AM

Hi Larry that is an interesting CNC machine. The wood working show also appears to be much larger than the ones we have here in Calgary.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#4 posted 05-09-2012 12:52 AM

Darn fine machine. Looks like it could take the paint off a skyscraper. I’ve been watching the CNC market to see when they become reasonable enough for a small shop….I would love to have something like this to add some accents to my projects….mayhaps when they get their smaller unit. The pricing for this unit is very good by the way…it is way better then the Laguna at roughly the same price. Laguna does not give you software or a table…etc..

By the way….my sign says “Working with Idiots can kill you – be proactive – reduce the idiot population – spay or neuter an idiot today.” This sits on my desk holding my business cards and pencils….

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#5 posted 05-09-2012 01:11 AM

Looks good Larry. The wave of the future ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 05-09-2012 01:15 AM

Looks really good, been itching to get a cnc machine. This might be the one to push me over the edge. Any idea’s when specs/options/pricing will be available?



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#7 posted 05-09-2012 01:52 AM

what a great machine, but i do like beavers also, and the guy holding the sign, well he’s a cool dude …and one heck of a wood worker…thanks for the pictures and preview of this cnc…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 05-09-2012 03:52 AM

That is One Super system!

Really COOL!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#9 posted 05-09-2012 04:23 AM

That is a great machine, Larry. I can see you having one in your shop! You horizen will broaden immediately. The sky is the limit on creativity with a CNC router!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 05-09-2012 06:20 AM

Pretty good, Larry, but I’m afraid I haven’t got a spare $9-10K hanging around!....besides those CNC’s take all the fun out of it, you can’t call it “hand made”can you? I hope you got permission to cease shaving?
Last Fri. night at the Naval Assoc. a bloke had a DVD of the JR’s 50th Anniv. Reunion…..didn’t spot you anywhere?

-- yesterday today was tomorrow

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#11 posted 05-09-2012 10:07 AM

A fabulous machine and great results Larry. Now the question is; will machines like this make handwork obsolete or even more valuable? I would guess the latter.

Is this machine suited for wood only, or will it do metal, plastics and other materials too?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 05-09-2012 11:51 AM

It is a fabulouse machine and the production of new computerised clever technology, but for the hobbist carver, it is the excitement killer, I think.
The excitement for the hobbist will be only by PUSHING THE BUTTON and go for a cuppa. He will not be able to say ” I carved it “

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#13 posted 05-09-2012 12:11 PM

It is just another tool in your workshop.
It will be interresting to see what you do with it.

Very nice looking machine, and strong too.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 05-09-2012 12:45 PM

When I was working in the engineering field back in the 1970’s, we used CNC machines to make parts for the machines I designed. I wish I had the hindsight then to have it adapted to the woodworking field. Today’s machines are turning out great looking pieces.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#15 posted 05-09-2012 03:58 PM

Looks great Larry.

I have been wanting one for a long time. Maybe someday it will happen.


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