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Forum topic by poopiekat posted 10-21-2010 05:13 PM 862 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-21-2010 05:13 PM

The day is going to come….when a new technology will finally arrive to woodworking. One that will revolutionize our approach to lumber sizing: Abrasive Water-Jet technology! Heck, if they can cut marble, titanium, and food(!) with it, then why shouldn’t we expect this technology to arrive at our favorite material? Of course, like anything else, it may be pricey at first, and only for well-heeled shops, but eventually it will find its way to shops owned by the average Joe. I’m not promoting any brand or anything, but this video is fascinating! There are others in the sidebar that are worth a look too. Imagine, no more fingers within inches of disaster from a rotating disc full of carbide teeth! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNGrVxQFrdI
Yeah, yeah, we can be injured from a jet of high pressure water too, but with this we move the cutter nozzle to the work, not feed the work into a rotating blade with our hands….. come to think of it, I’ve already done some rudimentary water-nozzle cutting….I accidentally sliced off the lower ends of some cedar shakes on my old house, when I used a 5000 psi pressure washer to knock off flaking paint! Nobody told me I only needed 1500 psi for that project. Way kool. Your thoughts?

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!


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#1 posted 10-21-2010 05:23 PM

I think the laser is going to arrive to us faster.
I suspect a problem with the waterjet would be geting as clean an edge as a CNC router or laser can do, since wood is not very homogeneous

But Laser is already doing engraving, and does an amazing job for cutting thin veneers for marquetry.

These EPILOG systems operate lika a Xerox machine, so I don’t think it will be long before you take a ‘blueprint’ of your parts and it cuts them cleaner, faster and with less waste than a CNC router does that job today.

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#2 posted 10-21-2010 05:31 PM

Thanks, Dave! Only issue I see there is of people complaining of a burnt edge. Though I’m sure that there will be complaints of water stains, grain raising, or other factors. No dust, though!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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