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Underdog

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107 days ago

Hi guys and gals.

My name is Jim Underwood, and I really like woodworking. I like woodturning and carving in particular.
I also enjoy CNC woodworking, which is what this introduction is about.

If you have a CNC router, introduce yourself with a picture of your machine or projects and tell us a little about yourself.

I’ll start off.

I work in a medium sized cabinet shop in Georgia as their technical manager. In my previous life I was an auto-mechanic for 14 years, so I ensure that the machines in our shop do their thing. This includes the KOMO 5’ x 10’ 3 axis CNC router as well as a HolzHer Edgebander, and a 42” Houfek Widebelt Sander. (And yes, I’ve been deep in the guts of all three machines. Cursing is a hazard of the trade.)
In addition I’m the “go to” guy for our Cabinet Vision design software. If the software or the user has a problem, I’m there to implement changes, report issues, write some code, or find a workaround.
I also use ArtCAM and AlphaCAM upon occasion, but not nearly enough to satisfy the creative urge… There are so many things I’d love to make, but we’re focused on cabinets.

At home I have the proprietary CarveWright Router, with it’s proprietary “Designer” software and the STL importer, as well as access to the ArtCAM dongle and software. So I can create anything that fits the parameters of the Carvewright.

While I’ve made quite a few projects on our machine at work (not to mention umpteen zillion cabinet jobs) I’ve only made a few on my CW at home.

Here are a few projects:


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Handtooler

1054 posts in 730 days


#1 posted 107 days ago

Simply WOW! I really really like the oak leaf acorn cabinet door. Truly magnificent. Did you write the code for those designs? If so, you are the craftsman of the year; accept the award.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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RockyTopScott

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#2 posted 107 days ago

I agree Handtooler, the door is fantastic.

I was considering a CNC to be able to do work like that for customized box lids.

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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Underdog

501 posts in 633 days


#3 posted 107 days ago

No code writing here guys. I’ve muddled with G-code a tiny bit, but mostly it’s modeling, and the software writes the code…

You guys interested in CNC Woodworking?

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Artz

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#4 posted 107 days ago

I Know nothing about CNC Machining But can see that they are another tool and in the right hands can do magic. Do You Know if there are places that will take a drawing and do CNC cutting to reproduce the drawings?

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Underdog

501 posts in 633 days


#5 posted 107 days ago

Absolutely. May be some in your area; cabinet shops, sign shops, independent operators.

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brentmore

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#6 posted 107 days ago

Hi Underdog

I’ve got a small desktop-sized CNC machine with a Kress spindle (spindle not mounted in this pic).

http://www.brentmorelabs.com/2012/05/the-new-cnc/

This is my second – I built my first one but it didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped.
http://www.brentmorelabs.com/2012/01/my-first-cnc-machine/

I’m planning on getting a larger one once I move back up north in a few months.

-- Brent, http://www.brentmorelabs.com

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degoose

6972 posts in 1952 days


#7 posted 107 days ago

Hello from down under…
I have a CNC router… 3 HP 3 phase with inverter… Made right here in Australia.. actually just down the road from me…bought it 6 moths ago… about…. it also has a 4 th axis… rotary device…
I also own a 4 foot by 3 foot Chinese laser engraver…. 80 W Reci tube….I imported this direct… and have been using it for about 18 months or so…
Waiting on deliver of a new laser next week… made in Taiwan by Great Computer Corp… GCC…
12 inch by 18 inch C180II with 30 W Synrad laser tube…
All the bells and whistles and portable… hope to run it at some wood shows…
I also have all the usual woodworking machines and tools…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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SugarbeatCo

125 posts in 866 days


#8 posted 107 days ago

Hello, Kevin & Courtney here from Sugarbeat & Co Woodworks. We run a shopbot PRS Alpha 96”x 48” with a PC router . I’ve only had it running about 8 months now but we’ve made some fun stuff with it. I have no complaints about the shopbot. We upgraded to aspire 4 to open up some new possibilities.. I do a lot of traditional woodwork as well, a hybrid I guess you’d say. I got the shopbot as an employee.. One that wont call in the day after the superbowl.. The only errors it makes are my fault. And I can cut absolutely perfect panels every time 1000 times if need be.. Heres some of our work, I will get some pics of my machine soon

-- Always one more tool away from being an excellent woodworker...

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Jerry

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#9 posted 107 days ago

Kevin and Courtney, my wife and I need an employee like your employee.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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Jerry

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#10 posted 107 days ago

Underdog, you mention the Komo 5’ X 10’, I seen one of those at a current auction at http://www.machinerymax.com/detail.asp?id=7186&n=Komo-VR512-MI-CNC-Router-Reserve-Met

Probably a good machine, but looks bigger than what we need for our shop.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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SugarbeatCo

125 posts in 866 days


#11 posted 107 days ago

Kevin and Courtney, my wife and I need an employee like your employee.

Haha, we do sub out its services!

-- Always one more tool away from being an excellent woodworker...

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Underdog

501 posts in 633 days


#12 posted 106 days ago

I don’t know what the market is like right now, but right after the housing crash (2008) you could find used CNC routers for cheap, as many cabinet shops and woodworking outfits went under, and didn’t come back.

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Rick M.

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#13 posted 106 days ago

Congrats on the CNC forum. I love that cross at the top of the page, it would look fantastic in bronze (not that it doesn’t now.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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matt5

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#14 posted 106 days ago

Love the CNC forum. heres the mill. Is a three axis Roberts bed mill. Its not built for wood working, but if the dust is controlled it works great!!

-- I've cut it twice, but its still to short....

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matt5

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#15 posted 106 days ago

-- I've cut it twice, but its still to short....

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