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I am looking to see how many people have CNC routers in their shops? How many are actually using them and how many have them sitting in their shops wishing they had work for them or don't completely understand how to use them? Do you do outside work or only woodworking with them?
 

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Welcome to the forum. I don'have an CNC for two reasons. The cost is really high and if I did have one I would not have a clue hoe to use it.
 

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I have one. For me, it's just another tool in the shop. I don't use it just because I have it; I use it where it does things better or faster than I can by hand. For example, drilling a flat bottom hole. A forstner bit leaves a hole where the pilot bit cuts. The CNC cuts a flat bottomed pocket that doesn't have that center hole. The CNC can do any diameter hole/pocket I need; I don't need to have a bit of that size. I make a repetitive item that has 42 5 mm holes in it. I used to spend the time at the drill press boring each hole. Now I clamp a piece of wood in the CNC, start the program and work on something else while it does all the holes.
 

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I have 2 working CNCs in my personal shop. The second one I bought mainly just for more cutting area than the first one had. The second one turned out to have more usefulness due to it's design which lets me open up the bed to cut parts clamped vertically or at almost any angle. I teach furniture design to college students and use my CNCs to cut joinery and textures and rotary examples to show my students their potential. I also often am cutting parts for the students simply because the 3 small CNCs we have at the university are booked solid.

I'll also use mine for creating jigs and templates that may be used on a CNC or with other shop machines. Theys also come in handy when I'm working on a personal project and the CNC can do something that would be difficult or time consuming or impossible using other tools.

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Welcome to the forum. I don'have an CNC for two reasons. The cost is really high and if I did have one I would not have a clue hoe to use it.
Both those reasons, plus I don't want one, period.
 

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Theo we'll eventually have to develop a new title for for certain forum members. It will be "Official Wet Blanket". I like to keep things simple too but the term " to each his own" also applies.
 

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Theo we'll eventually have to develop a new title for for certain forum members. It will be "Official Wet Blanket". I like to keep things simple too but the term " to each his own" also applies.
Oh, I don't have a thing against other people having CNCs, they are just something that I personally don't want for myself. They have their uses, can't argue against that. Just a personal choice. So, don't think I'm trying to spoil your fun.
 
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I got one, and I want another one. Just trying to prove to Mama that I really really need it!!!
 
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Isn't it nice to have trolls that come into a CNC forum and say "I don't own one. I'll never own one, but I'll read and comment negatively on posts pertaining to using a CNC." Why do you bother?
 

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Welcome to the forum.
 

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I don’t have one yet, but am looking. My budget is almost nonexistent, so looking to start at low end. Wife owns a small store downtown and sells an enormous amount of small signs and plaques both routed and painted, thought I will get in on the action and make custom signs also. If the CNC works I should not have a problem, I program and operate CNC metalworking machines at work.
 

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Isn't it nice to have trolls that come into a CNC forum and say "I don't own one. I'll never own one, but I'll read and comment negatively on posts pertaining to using a CNC." Why do you bother?

Those two guys are just lovable curmudgeons stuck in a time warp. Lots of things I don't want to change either, but can't do anything about it. If the old timers had the tools we have today, they would have used them, sure as heck. They just made use of what they had and tried to improve on it. Unfortunately, craftsman today means computer. Just a different skill to master, or at least try.
 

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ssbackwards, I have a question for you. There is no information in your profile; are you requesting this information for your personal use or for some type of research?

I do own a cnc router which is only for my personal use in making furniture and gifts. Hands down the best money I've spent on equipment in 55 years of woodworking!
 

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I built one last year and use it a lot. But it's just another tool in the shop. It might be the coolest tool in the shop but I use it when it makes sense, which is often. I do work for others and for myself.

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I don't have one, but I want one really bad!!!!

Like others here I have to convince my wife that it is necessary. Tools -necessary? Tools are always NECESSARY! She just doesn't understand.....

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Hey Mrs Larry - - - - - a CNC IS A NECESSARY TOOL. Guarantee you he will spend many many hours with it, thereby staying out of your hair. And he'll even make you a thing or two that will be really cool!!!!
 

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Hey Mrs Larry - - - - - a CNC IS A NECESSARY TOOL. Guarantee you he will spend many many hours with it, thereby staying out of your hair. And he'll even make you a thing or two that will be really cool!!!!
I hope Larry's wife reads the forum! lol Mine doesn't however she does enjoy the items I make for her.:smile:
 

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Isn't it nice to have trolls that come into a CNC forum and say "I don't own one. I'll never own one, but I'll read and comment negatively on posts pertaining to using a CNC." Why do you bother?
Just in case you didn't know, "JOAT" is not a troll, but a long time member of this forum. Just want to set the record straight.

And yeah, he is an old fashioned type of woodworker. CNC's don't appeal to him.
 

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ssbackwards, I have a question for you. There is no information in your profile; are you requesting this information for your personal use or for some type of research?
Crickets?

Troll or what? When I post a question to a forum, any forum, I watch and hope to read responses and always thank the folks for their time. Maybe this guy lost his password! >:)
 
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