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#1 posted 04-05-2021 09:47 PM

I think CNC stuff is fine. When people say “By hand” do they mean no electricity.. like a molding plane?
Or does “By hand” mean you can use a table saw, hand guided router, etc?
Because there’s really no difference in appearance between a CNC made thing and a tablesaw/hand router.

Most people can not tell the difference between mdf and solid wood, so of course they can’t tell the difference between a table top that was hand planed or ran through a power planer and sanded. or flattened wtih a CNC and then sanded..

How does it differ? When you use a CNC, you spend a lot of time on CAD drawing the part and on CAM generating the tool paths. Then you have to be careful to do all the prep work correctly (homing the axis, making sure the wood to be cut is secure).. Then you push the button, and if you didn’t make a mistake , it comes out perfect.

By hand? Well, it’s just a different kind of skill. You have to make sure the board is against the table saw fence as you push it through.. “By hand” is actually more dangerous, so you have to be careful. “By hand” can sometimes be more enjoyable as a hobbyist. It all depends. When I make dovetailed drawers, I put them in the CNC and they come out perfect in minutes. so I love that. Other people really enjoy cutting dovetails by hand and have invested a lot of time in that skill and are proud of their results. They would not enjoy cutting them on CNC.

It’s all personal perference, really. I hope that helps.

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