As a custom furnituremaker, integrating CNC (Computer Numeric Control) technology into my shop has allowed me to become far more profitable without compromising quality. During the last few decades, there have been many technological advances that have provided even the smallest of shops with powerful recourses that have helped level the playing field. These innovations together, represent a new way of doing things that I like to call “precision woodworking.”
Precision woodworking is much larger than can be covered in a single article. My purpose here is a brief introduction, while highlighting some of the basic principles and capabilities.
It is not easy for the independent woodworker to compete against the likes of big industry. Low price and high volume are not our realms – we will never win against those with enormous resources. Highly custom pieces, made with the utmost quality and attention to detail, is an arena in which we can compete. To earn a living wage, we must be efficient.
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