Shop Antics V1

Sunday, August 20, 2017 7:02 AM Comments 0

There are countless articles and books written about the importance of creating and nurturing a distinct culture (or atmosphere) in the work place. Thankfully, we are lucky to have one of those distinct workplace cultures. In fact, it arose quite organically, with no poking or prodding from yours truly. Several guys (and the one gal) […]

Beyond Plywood 2

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 9:39 AM Comments 0

Mirrored Bench We had a client on Long Island that commissioned us to build a small bench out of white oak, with metal bars joining the legs, and recessed pockets on the faces of the legs and top to accept 1/4″ thick antique mirrors. Problem: Trying to manually route out a 1/4″ deep recess from […]

Beyond Plywood 1

Friday, December 9, 2016 7:50 AM Comments 0

CNC & Furniture One of the great things about having a CNC machine is the ability to exploit its uses for all kinds of other projects besides just cutting up melamine and plywood. We design and build a lot of custom furniture, and it has been so fun to figure out how to use the […]

Industrial Chest of Drawers

Monday, October 10, 2016 10:15 AM Comments 0

Last summer, I purchased this industrial chest of drawers at a garage sale for a sweet $20. Since these cabinets are obviously great for storing a huge amount of stuff, my original intent was to put it into the backyard shop at my house. After completing our home remodel this spring, we realized we really […]

IWF 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 8:10 AM Comments 0

At the risk of this entry being completely irrelevant, given the fact that five weeks have already passed since IWF ended, I wanted to collect my thoughts and recount a few highlights from this year’s show. This is the fifth show that I have attended, with IWF 2012 being my very first experience. This was […]

Dining Table Experiment – The Base

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 9:26 PM Comments 1

My Personal Dining Table A few months ago, I wrote about designing and constructing a new dining table top for our recently remodeled living/dining room. I started by building the top (since we were tired of eating on the couch), but my wife was not to impressed with the sturdy (yet utilitarian) melamine boxes we […]

CNC Fails

Sunday, July 31, 2016 7:31 AM Comments 1

CNC Fails As I chronicle our journey of acquiring and implementing our CNC machine, no story would be complete without a rundown of our “fails”. Early on, while you are still learning the ins and outs of the machine (and what it can do and what it can’t do), these failures can come often and […]

CNC – Support Infrastructure 2

Monday, June 13, 2016 7:36 AM Comments 0

In this entry, I want to look at the final infrastructure items related to setting up our CNC machine. Most of these items were quite inexpensive compared to the punch list we looked at in the first installment, but they can have just as big of an impact on the efficiency of your CNC machine. […]

CNC Machine – Support Infrastructure 1

Saturday, May 21, 2016 6:54 AM Comments 2

When I placed the order for our Profit H08, I knew the machine itself was going to be the most expensive piece to the puzzle. However, there were other pieces to be considered in order to make it the functional powerhouse we needed it to be. POWER We do not have the benefit of unlimited […]

Dining Table Experiment – The Top

Sunday, May 1, 2016 8:44 AM Comments 0

My Personal Dining Table Last summer we embarked on (and are still finishing up) a huge remodel of our 1,100 square foot home. The remodel ended up reconfiguring our front room, which consists of our entryway, living room, and dining room). As such, it was out with the old dining table and in with a […]