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I have been making wood lids shown in the photos. I found a hole saw where the cut out is A perfect size. Then I use a 1/4” round over for the top and 1/4” straight bit for the bottom. Process can be time consuming, I have never used a cnc router but would a cnc work well for this application? Make the round cutout (1/2” thick wood), 1/4” round over, then 1/4” straight. If so what is a good machine to use?

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When it comes to CNC's I prefer using... a friends CNC! lol ......... Excuse me Charlie, I'm just entertaining myself.
I think your process though time consuming produces a good lid. I don't know CNC's at all but when you add in programing your software and the cut time the saved time may not be that substantial unless your making 100 of the same size?

I find in my wood working what I think will take an hour takes 5 to 7 over a two or three day period. In my situation I believe I have an old operator going bad.
 

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Marco is right, a CNC would make sense for quantity production, or, if you don't make many at once, do you make them over time? I think most CNC systems allow you to keep a program for a pattern. In that case, if you come back after a time to make another one of the same size and shape, you can pull up the code for the pattern, load it and cut it. If you start to use the CNC for very many things, you can build a library of parts, which could save time.
 

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Sorry about the 12/2 romex part it was something I had cut to be pasted elsewhere. In their wisdom the owners of the site won't let you edit a post once you hit the post reply button.
 

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Yes I intend to produce a lot of these. I have made a couple hundred so far. I need a better drill press or drill press operator as that seems to take too much time as I think I need one that is a little more powerful. I get quality “scrap” wood from a friend who has a small local mill. If I were to use a CNC router one day, can anyone suggest a good one that would be inexpensive and easy to operate
 

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Make two round patterns. One the outer dimension of the lid and the other the inner dimension. Rough cut the round lid with a band saw, jig saw or even make a jig for the table saw or band saw. Double side tape the large pattern to the rough lid and use a pattern bit to finish the outer cut then use a round over bit to finish the outside of the lid. Remove the large pattern. Install the small pattern on the underside of the lid using double side tape. Use a rabbiting bit to recess the inner edge--be very careful the bit will want to grab the piece and fling it or grab your fingers. If you have a rabitting bit that has interchangeable bearings you can make the recess incrementally. Or, to recess the inner edge make a jig for the table saw. You can make one for it laying flat on the saw or vertically and make the recess using a dado blade. Raise the blade incrementally.
 

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I have made a lot of bowls with a CM template kit I bought at Rockler. After I glue up my blank I rout the inside then I double sided tape the lid blank on. I finish sand the bowl and lid together, then I take it to my router table and put a round over on the lid before separating them. Then I separate them and use a straight bit to rout the inside. This is the safest way I have found.
 

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Ps. The kit instructions say to glue up a solid blank then hog out the inside. This waste a lot of wood. I take my blank material and rough cut the center out of it. This way I have blanks for smaller bowl’s
 
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