A Perspective on CNC Woodworking

(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.)

P1CNC 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.


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3 thoughts on “A Perspective on CNC Woodworking

  1. Have to admit. I’m still on the side of it NOT being real woodworking.
    That opinion may change as time and innovations develope, and prices come down. But for now, I like the way I do things.

  2. If a person uses a lathe to turn a rosewood blank into a pen, is that woodworking? What if the blank was acrylic? Power tools (machines) vs. hand tools. There is skill required for using each type. So, I would suppose CNC falls somewhere in the woodworking spectrum. If I could afford one, I would buy a new table saw because that is my need right now. If my need was for a CNC and I was in the market, I suppose I would get one for my shop and call it woodworking. I do like the idea of precision templates, jigs, cauls, etc.

  3. I was watching a wood working show several years ago. The craftsman was building a Shaker chair. The interviewer said “… the shakers would not have done it that way. …” The craftsman said ” … the shakers would have used electricity if they had it, they were practical people…”
    I can’t remember the show or the craftsman.

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