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#1 posted 07-19-2017 01:00 AM

No, CNC is not woodworking.

CNC is a tool.

Making something out of wood using a CNC is woodworking. You were not expecting me to say that, were you?

It is like the debate between those who only use hand tools compared to those who only use machines. neither are considering efficiency as a factor. I frequently cut large boards with a hand saw (rough cuts) because it is too much effort to set up the board to cut it with a circular saw. I often chamfer wood by hand because it is quicker than setting up the router table. I use machine sanders for the bulk of my sanding and there are things that I can do on my table saw that I would hate to do by hand.

I have a job on the go at the moment where a CNC would be a wonderful thing to have. As it is, I am going to have to do the work with a hand-held router and a jig that I still need to make – and then I will throw away. that’s inefficient.

Perhaps I can sum it up this way, which is not very different to what Horizontal Mike was getting at. There are tools and there are skills. It is the skills applied at using the tools to make a wooden product that makes it woodworking.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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