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Is CNC Woodworking?

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posted 07-17-2017 05:04 PM


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#101 posted 07-26-2017 06:04 PM

MT- “Some of this stuff I couldn’t have done freehand or with a router table.” Exactly :)

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#102 posted 07-26-2017 07:38 PM


The same way that buying a canned program of an intricate scene, then running that code on a CNC using a basic wood blank, with nary a thought of any other woodworking process, shows a complete lack of creativity and imagination, but, is still technically woodworking.

On this point, I agree completely. I have never bought or even cut a design from anyone else except by contract. My wife is a professional graphic artist and she creates all of our designs. Many of our products are designed for and unique to a single customer. I don’t find scenes bought and reproduced straight from a 3-D clipart store to be very appealing.

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DS

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#103 posted 08-07-2017 10:42 PM

Perhaps, I view CNC Woodworking different than many. I think of computers handling the mundane repetitive tasks that we humans would rather not have to be bothered with. (Applies to most all applications and not just CNC).

So, for me, when I am designing a new piece, I can focus on the larger picture. I spend next to ZERO time trying to ensure I am getting square cuts, or my dadoes are the right depth or the dovetails fit nicely or I have the correct adjustable shelf hole spacing.

Rather, those details are ensured by the software and by the machine. (Of course the panels will be square, the dadoes will fit, the dovetails will be perfect as will the spacing and depth of my adjustable shelf holes)

An added benefit is that with a CNC, complex geometric shapes cut just as easily as rectangles. Tons of extra math, story sticks and templates are just eliminated.

I am then free to envision the larger scope of the project—Enabling my creativity to express a theme, or focus on specific design elements of the piece.

I don’t really need to prove to myself that I can cut all these parts on my table saw. I spent the latter half of the 1980’s doing just that very thing.

Also, I can get more done in less time without needing extra helpers in the mix.

If it is available to you, why wouldn’t you have the CNC do the mundane boring work?
(Didn’t we used to just give that work to the “new guy” anyways?)

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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CherryWood

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#104 posted 08-17-2017 05:59 PM

Is CNC woodworking?
Is CNC craftsmanship?
Is CNC taking away jobs?

Hmmmmmm – I am a bit surprised that this is still an issue.

It’s a tool, just like a table saw, or band saw, or any other tool.

What the heck is Craftsmanship anyway? What is woodworking?

Is using a hand held electron burning PC 690 router Woodworking? Is it craftsmanship? No, it’s a tool and the level of work that the operator does with the tool is what is under consideration.

I have been CNC for nearly 4 decades, professionally, metal cutting. I have been CNC 10+ years in my home shop making signs and crafts that I sell and enjoy. I also use hand planes, and had training by an old gent that apprenticed in England to teach me how to fettle and fine tune the tool. I like hand tools and use them often. I like finishing and often buff my finishes. I like dyes, and painting, and glazes.

CNC? There is nothing wrong with that tool, I use it all the time as well as all mu other tools.

Just like ANY other tool, it’s all in how it’s used.

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Joe Lyddon

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#105 posted 08-17-2017 08:23 PM



Is CNC woodworking?
Is CNC craftsmanship?
Is CNC taking away jobs?

Hmmmmmm – I am a bit surprised that this is still an issue.

It s a tool, just like a table saw, or band saw, or any other tool.

What the heck is Craftsmanship anyway? What is woodworking?

Is using a hand held electron burning PC 690 router Woodworking? Is it craftsmanship? No, it s a tool and the level of work that the operator does with the tool is what is under consideration.

I have been CNC for nearly 4 decades, professionally, metal cutting. I have been CNC 10+ years in my home shop making signs and crafts that I sell and enjoy. I also use hand planes, and had training by an old gent that apprenticed in England to teach me how to fettle and fine tune the tool. I like hand tools and use them often. I like finishing and often buff my finishes. I like dyes, and painting, and glazes.

CNC? There is nothing wrong with that tool, I use it all the time as well as all mu other tools.

Just like ANY other tool, it s all in how it s used.

- CherryWood

AMEN!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: https://www.ncwoodworker.net/forums/index.php

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#106 posted 10-08-2017 05:36 AM

I can’t wait until someone posts a 3D printed wood project with the wood resins that are available!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Desert_Woodworker

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#107 posted 10-08-2017 03:22 PM

I have seen some of the 3d printed with resin not for me as of yet…
Here is a MDF cnc 3d model with metal coatings and patina

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#108 posted 10-08-2017 05:24 PM

This discussion is totally subjective so there is no specific answer.
There are those who think any tool used on wood that was made after about 1800 (before power tools) is not “real” wood working.
I think it is all about the satisfaction you set from what ever process you use to create a wood artifact.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#109 posted 10-09-2017 06:32 PM

CNC is just another tool, like a chisel, plane, saw, etc. They ALL require skill to use, but the result is the same, a piece of wood that has been worked by a ( )tool; you fill in the blank.

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