|Forum topic by Jerry||posted 05-25-2014 07:06 PM||1200 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
05-25-2014 07:06 PM
With reading about the CNC threads on here, I have decided to buy a CNC very soon. We are planning to pay cash and plan to purchase a 4 by 8, maybe a little larger, CNC router in the next month or so. I plan to utilize the CNC to cut out cabinet boxes and flat cut dovetail drawer boxes (I do understand flat cut dovetail on CNC is not true dovetail). With the addition of a CNC and also a Edgebander, we will begin to produce frameless cabinets for full overlay customers, and face frame cabinets for other customers.
While the CNC will greatly increase our speed and accuracy and efficiency with cabinets, I also know it will not be fully utilized. We will typically do between 75-100 LF of custom cabinet per month and I know the CNC will cut those parts out likely in a day or two depending on size of project. So I am wondering what else I can do with the CNC that can keep it producing product for sale.
I consider advertising for cutting sheets for other shops.
I have also considered setting up another web site that could offer for sale fully custom high end RTA cabinetry for shipment across the U.S. On that site a customer from Florida could send me the wall dimensions or just a list of cabinets they wish to purchase and the configuration of doors / drawers and also custom openings such as for built in microwaves, ovens, drawer warmers, etc… We could cut out the cabinet / drawer parts and ship everything including doors and drawer faces, face frames flat packed and ready for simple assembly. We could even ship the custom moldings of customer’s choice in 8’ sections. Of course the customer would need to hire a contractor for stain/paint finish application
Then I have thought maybe there are other smaller things the CNC could produce for Ebay sales, such as carvings.
Then lastly I think I would advertise under “Services on CL” for CNC services.
What types of things do you all CNC owners do to make some money with your CNC?
-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net