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#1 posted 07-20-2017 12:13 AM

I think there are 2 different debates going on here.

If you use a CNC on wood, it is by definition, woodworking.

If you are running a production shop, and need to churn out quantity, of course you will use a CNC, because you need to produce numbers, meet quality control, and deadlines.

I think the majority of people who are not fans, (like me) are not running a business, or do not produce high volume. They are people who do this as a hobby, full or part time, and don’t see the justification for a CNC. We make things for ourselves, family and friends, people that we see on an ongoing basis. If you have a business and sell to clients, the product goes out, and I assume you never see them again.

The picture of the carved jewelry box above posted by DrDirt is perfect example. If I made that on a CNC and gave it to someone, I would never be able to say, “I made this for you” because, to me, that implies I hand carved it. I make some Keepsake boxes with 1/8 inch finger joints that I cut on my tablesaw with a jig, if I made those on a CNC, I just wouldn’t be as personally proud of the work.

That is just my opinion, for me. Anyone else who wants to use a CNC, enjoy

One question though…. I’m guessing everyone on here was a woodworker before they had a CNC. If there was a different model that cut marble, would you instantly be a Sculptor?

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