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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-04-2009, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
 
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Anybody feeling the pinch of a down economy? How are all the professional woodworkers doing??
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Business? I'm retired.

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Hi Scott: Icant speak for the rest of the country but here in southern California things are real bad. I went to a supplier the other day to pick up some stuff, they are located in a rather large industrial park, and I was driving around in there it seemed like every other business was closed or going out of business. So I started checking out other Industrial parks as well and found the same thing everywhere I went. I talk to other cabinet makers and they say its very difficult to find work anywhere. I have never seen it this bad before!
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The things I make go out the door as fast as I can make them. Of course, my "customers" are my wife, kids and grandkids.

The cabinet shops here are hurting big time. No building and very little remodeling.

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I only do this part time, on the side, I suppose fortunately at this point. Local cabinet shops are doing poorly here as well. My best customers are also those in my house, but outside of that.......

The timeframe for recovery doesn't sound good either. I hope people can get by.
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Hey Scott: really nice looking CNC, can you post some pictures of it from all angles? I want my next one to be larger and I think I will go steel frame like yours and a movable gantry. Wsa learning the software pretty easy?
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I don't know much about the woodworkers in my area and how their businesses are doing, but my freelance web design is actually doing quite well, still a steady flow of new clients looking for web development.

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I'll need to get some pictures for you. Anything in particular you want to see?

I had about 6 months of CorelDraw experience when I bought it. But learning the rest of the software wasn't too bad. I am usually comfortable with most software I use though. Learning everthing I needed to be comfortable with the machine took about 6 months of weekends. I feel about 90% sure of myself when I run it now. I am mechanically declined however!
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Hi Scott:I was trying to figure out how your movable gantry was held in place, or how the thing rolled back and forth. But you had posted thier website on another thread, and I looked it up that way. Rack and pinion gearing real nice any free play?
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It is really tight. There is little if any play at all. The rack is about twice as wide as a shopbot, or so I am told.
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