Well, we all have big dreams on what tools we would like to have in our shops. This is one I would like to get – CNC Router by Shopbot. Imagine being able to cut your project by simply laying the wood on the table, turning on the machine, and go get a cup of coffee or a soda while the machine does the work. When you return, the pieces are cut out, ready to sand and assemble. If done right, the accuracy should be better than you can get by hand.
Ok, so part of me loves that idea. The improved accuracy, the duplication of parts, the elimination of all the cutting on the table saw or miter saw, the time savings. At the same time, another part of me says that takes the fun/enjoyment/feel out of woodworking. It makes it more mechanical, less “human”. But, is it the journey of making the product, or the end product that we want most. And, since you still have to glue it up, sand it, and finish it, not to mention design it, doesn’t that make it your creation as well?
Well, until they are more affordable, it is back to the manual labor for me. What do each of you think?
-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com