Archive for the 'CNC Machine' Category

Beyond Plywood 1

Friday, December 9th, 2016

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 […]

CNC Fails

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

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, what it can do and what it can’t do, these failures come often and can be […]

CNC – Support Infrastructure 2

Monday, June 13th, 2016

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 the efficiency of your CNC […]

CNC Machine – Support Infrastructure 1

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

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, but 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 […]

Weapons Manufacturing

Monday, April 18th, 2016

My wife teaches 10th grade humanities at a classical Christian school, the Ambrose School, which means their focus is on the ancient era, mostly Greece and Rome. The 10th grade has not had any regularly planned field trip as part of the curriculum, so she asked if we could plan some kind of trip out […]

We Almost Broke Our CNC Machine!

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

I wish I was joking when I typed out that title, but unfortunately I am not. Here is how my world came crashing down. A few weeks ago, we broke our plywood cutting bit trying to route a piece of cherry on the machine. The wood broke loose and snapped the bit. An $86 mistake, […]

CNC Machine – Arrived & Alive

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Felder Profit H08 5×10 CNC Machine The CNC arrived from Austria to our shop on January 27th, bright and early. We do not own a forklift, much to the chagrin of my employees, but across the street is an industrial steel plant, and they have been kind enough over the years to unload any machines […]

CNC Machine – The Decision

Friday, October 9th, 2015

It has been a month and a half since I wrote about how I narrowed down my list of CNC machines from nine candidates to the three finalists. Since then, business has just exploded. I have added two additional employees, bring our total head count to 5 full-time and 1 part-time, and the need for […]

CNC Machines – The Search

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

As I promised over 8 months ago, the next installment in my CNC search is going to focus on the discoveries made from seeing the actual machines while at IWF in 2014 and subsequently at AWFS this year. The list of CNC machines available to the cabinet shop is quite overwhelming, and more companies seem […]

CNC Machine – The Little Things

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

A CNC machine is the largest, most expensive, and most complicated piece of equipment found in most shops. Taking a peek under the control panel of one of these machines is enough to make my head spin. The complexity of ensuring thousands of switches and sensors are regularly communicating perfectly with hundreds of mechanical parts […]