Old Dog, New Tricks
Issue: Issue 299
Posted Date: 4/17/2012
Last week, I
learned how to use a CNC router. As a bit of an old-time computer
geek (I was an early adopter on both the Commodore 64 and Atari 800s
- eight-bit computers were the bomb), I was confident that I would
eventually get the hang of it, and sure that it would be a rocky path
at the beginning. At the end of the day (well, three days if someone
was counting), I was able to make the machine do what I wanted -
mostly. Tool-path-wise, there are more Rubicons to cross, but I am
eager to do so.
But, as my workshop efforts often do,
this raised a question in my mind. Is CNC routing right for home
shop woodworking? Is it cheating, or just the natural next step for
technology in a shop? I am thinking that you might have an opinion …
and I would like to hear it. And, as always, if you send me a piece
of your mind, it will likely end up in our Feedback department so
that other woodworkers can benefit from your offering.
Rob Johnstone, Woodworker's Journal
P.S. Check out our blog entry - the
Journal's sister company, Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, is
planting trees in a program directly tied to wood product sales - a great idea!