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OrvsR4me

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#1 posted 08-10-2016 07:40 PM

Woodworking is a fickle business, I think. I have a sub $5k cnc and it can do a lot of things for sure but I haven’t mastered it enough (in 2+ years) to feel it was a worthy investment yet. Software is a B(female dog). If you worked with it exclusively and didn’t have to relearn every time you started it, maybe. My machine’s precision is about a 4/5 out of ten and I’m not smart enough to know what I don’t know.

Try to find items roughly comparable to what you are thinking of making and look at their prices. You have to be able to be lower cost or appreciably better quality with a still attainable price point. And without a doubt, you have to have a natural creative eye for designing.

On the upside though, CNC work usually results in a product that would be difficult or impossible to duplicate by hand. People can recognize that and are willing to pay more for things they don’t understand & how it was done and the costs involved. Example: I make and sell (occasionally) cutting boards with different CNC’d custom inlays. But I’d be homeless if I had to make a profit on selling red oak cabinets.

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