CNC Carved Parts, Cheating or Not? – 360w360 E.159

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In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, the 360 guys talk about whether using CNC carved elements on a fine piece of furniture is cheating or not.

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2 thoughts on “CNC Carved Parts, Cheating or Not? – 360w360 E.159

  1. If all you are using it for is the grunt work, I think it may be acceptable.
    But I’ve only seen finished product pieces coming off those machines.
    But thinking about it, how do you learn to do the initial forming work which leads you to the finished product if you are having a machine do that for you?

    1. Eric,

      Regardless of whether I have a CNC available or not, I’m carving my initial prototype. CAD programs are fine in many instances, but there’s nothing like working out the kinks in real life. Even on large runs of chairs, I carved the initial pattern for the legs, crest and other parts before they went off to the dupli-carver for roughing out. Drawing something only lets you work out the details to a certain point, but size and proportioning are always best viewed in 3D.

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