(Ed. Note: This week 360 Woodworking releases another new article – it happens every week on Friday. The newest article focuses on CNC woodworking. It’s written by Darrell Peart. He runs through questions that he asked and features he found important as he moved toward the purchase of his first machine.These are questions that you should ask yourself if you’re looking at this area of woodworking. As I read and edited his article, I felt compelled to share Darrell’s thoughts on CNC woodworking, an area often looked down upon today.)
CNC woodworking has forever changed the way I do things. It continues to offer both challenges and solutions to complex problems that arise every day in the shop. It has not become, as some may think, a way to turn off your mind and let the machine just do the work. Quite the opposite has occurred. It has fired my imagination like no other tool or machine. The creative side of CNC offers a way to look at woodworking as never before.
Powered by imagination, my machine offers a way to implement creative approaches to every aspect of woodworking. The most precise jigs, templates, odd shaped clamping cauls, auxiliary fixtures and more are accessible at a moment’s notice.
There is no one right or wrong way to do things in the CNC world. There are infinite possibilities.
— Darrell Peart
This is an excerpt from my upcoming article at 360 Woodworking (360woodworking.com). To discover the questions that I asked and the answers I found as I moved toward my first CNC purchase, click here and join as an Enthusiast or Fanatic.