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Because the forum is still quiet I'm re-posting this project which may be of interest to
some members. Jim, on the OTHER forum later told me that he had the slots laser cut.
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Or just have David Falkner cut you one out and pop it in the mail. That's one of his specialties. Lot less hassle.
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Or just have David Falkner cut you one out and pop it in the mail. That's one of his specialties. Lot less hassle.
We're up to about 130 but I have more to cut this week. Good use of the CNC!

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Or just have David Falkner cut you one out and pop it in the mail. That's one of his specialties. Lot less hassle.
"Less hassle"!!!
THIS is a ROUTER forum John where would be routologists come to learn routing other than just routing fancy edges.

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In woodworking there are always new ways to do old things. When CNC Routers first started gaining popularity a few years ago I saw magazine articles and posts that CNCing was not wood working. Well as beauty is in the eye of the beholder so is CNCing. I do a mix of what you would call analog and digital work. I mix media all the time between making things by hand, machine and computer. Learning the basic skills of hand tools are foundational for wood working. As modern machinery has become available many new woodworkers do not own a hand plane. With a CNC you are still using a router but instead of hand guiding the router the computer is guiding it.

There are many skills like chip carving that take a long time to master. With a CNC you can master them in considerable less time. Is CNCing cheating or just the newer and faster way of carving. Sometimes a combination of machine and hand work is the best approach but sometimes the machine beats your hand work.

So as they said in the service "If you got em, Smoke em" So if you got a CNC use it or if you got an electric router use or if you got a hand plane or router use it. In the end it is all fun and a learning experience.
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Very true. But I prefer, "In woodworking there are always old ways to do new things".

That and the fact that CNC machines are suspected cootie hazards. Better safe than sorry.
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I built one to have another tool in the shop and open up a whole new arena of woodworking. Yes, woodworking. I'm working with wood and even though I cut the Longworth chucks on the CNC that's just one of the tools I use. I also use the table saw, drum sander, 6x48 stationary sander, air compressor, drill press, and ROS.

The CNC router is just another woodworking tool in our shop. It might be the coolest tool and the one everyone wants to see run but in the end it's still just another tool in the shop. I turn it on, cut some wood, turn it off, and then move on to other operations to complete the job at hand. I can't toss a piece of wood on the CNC and have it cut what I want all by itself but I also can't do that with my table saw, bandsaw, jointer, etc.

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I'm not in any way against CNC routers, industry couldn't survive without them. As a hobby I'm not against them but the majority of this forums membership do not have CNC routers and most join because of the name, wanting to know more about routing OR passing on their knowledge to beginners.

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Both are valid points of view. I suspect that knowing how to do many of the processes by hand makes the CNC learning curve easier.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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I have been infected with cooties since the 3rd grade. I may never recover (sigh).
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