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#1 posted 07-17-2017 06:59 PM

IMHO with CNC someone with zero ww ing skills can create perfect projects and carvings.

- rwe2156

My experience differs on this point. Of course, there are pre-made designs one could buy and run on a machine and your statement could be quite true. However, if this carving is an apron panel on a very ornate side table, someone without woodworking experience would have a board that was machine carved, but not a table with appropriate joinery and proper accounting of wood movement et al that makes it a functional piece – a.k.a. woodworking.

That said, I find it easier to make ornate carvings by hand rather than by CNC. However, I have spent most of a week once programming the tool paths and running multiple test pieces trying to get things just right for a nice carving. PIA for that work IMHO.

I don t have a CNC, and therefore have never used one. Yes they do incredible work, but if I ever made something on one, I would never be able to be proud of it as my own work. I didn t make it, a computer did.

- EricLew

EricLew, I have never seen a computer make or design anything by itself. I have never met a computer programmer that could design and build any woodworking project remotely functional without any prior woodworking experience.

There IS some element of woodworking required to make it happen.

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