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09-15-2021 01:45 PM

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Hi. I am going to be making a series of small boxes. I need to engrave the top, I have templates for signs but nothing small enough for a box . Does anyone know where I can find small templates, or someone in the Western new York area that can do the work for me.

I have also been looking at a small CNC machine to do the work myself I’ve been looking at shark and step craft, if you have any suggestions on these two please let me know. I will be making over 100 boxes in the next year.

Thank you for looking .

-- Joel, People ask what I make. I tell them I make sawdust, and now and then a nice box or frame,or clock, or lamp pops out.

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#1 posted 09-15-2021 05:20 PM

Maybe just gonna be location, but looking at ad space the monthly fliers I get from both Rockler, and WoodCraft the selling of CNC machines is a thing, they are both committing a lot of space to them.

I too looked hard at a CNC Shark you can trial the software used to control it, and all of the free voices are Brit English, and I couldn’t understand anything from either Female, or the one Male they had such Cockney accents. Anyhow NOT being able to figure out the software based on the free trial, I passed buying one, but when I was looking I did attend some Thursday night classes at WoodCraft held after hours. There were probably 20 to 25 owners trying to get as many tips as possible, and all of them were interested in making a few coins with them.

I have had 3 jobs done by members of those classes, and have paid less than 100 bux for 24 pieces of work. Fairly simple engravings in font of choice kinda thing. It’s gonna take me a long time to purchase a CNC at that rate of expenditure. I don’t know who to tell you to talk to, just know a lot of owners want to make a few bux to offset the cost. If you don’t have a retail tyoe place nearby, maybe CL, or other posts to ask for people with CNC’s to give references, prices, etc.

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#2 posted 09-15-2021 07:05 PM

CNC is fun but not cheap. Most software is plug & chug. Pick an image, click go, and the pattern is cut. Driving it with CAD makes it more accurate and repeatable. You can also use an inexpensive laser engraver for MUCH less than a CNC. Review HERE

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