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Posted on Automation. Taking jobs aways from the skilled

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#1 posted 02-17-2017 06:45 AM

As you just said, it is too labor intensive. What is happening is you are now producing more with less labor. It works better for you, because it s your business. But when you can produce more with less work, it means someone else won t be paid to do it. Works great for you, but not for the guy who loses his job.
- clin

You have it completely backwards. I m now able to produce products that otherwise would have been too labor intensive to produce. For example, I just took an order of 150 live edge cribbage boards. They could never be made on a drill press or with a jig profitably. With the CNC I can drill all the holes and the pockets for the magnets and pegs in minutes. But I still need people to run the blanks through the jointer, plane them, sand, debark, etc. I m actually adding employees because Ive expanded my capabilities and added other facets to my business that otherwise would not have been possible without the CNC. I m about to go begging the local college to see if they have any decent design kids coming through.

- Logboy

I agree with Logboy. I’ve been making lots of items that are now within the price range of people who normally could not have afforded the things I make. So now my sales have increased and I’ve responded by purchasing a lot more materials from my suppliers to fill these orders. So that’s more jobs upstream from my shop. I’ve also just hired a guy who starts tomorrow because I can’t keep up. I’m sitting on quote requests because current orders are taking up all my time.

I’m sure many woodshops without a CNC are hurting but some of them just buy components from me. One of my clients treated me to lunch the other day and told me that if I ever closed shop, he’d shut down his business. Most of his labor-intensive woodworking is done by my company nowadays.

People have lots of disposable income these days because basic necessities are so cheap. Much of the excess money is being consumed by Apple, Starbucks, and Comcast but it’s out there.

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