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  • CNC: Leveling an End-grain Cutting Board

    People love end-grain cutting boards. They’re exceptionally beautiful and, because they’re endgrain not long grain, they’re durable and long lasting. The same features that make an end-grain cutting board durable also make them difficult to level after the final glue up. A planer might seem like a good solution for this problem, but you shouldn’t…

  • 2021 Product Showcase: Rikon Planer

    Rikon’s new benchtop planer has a lot going for it. Let’s have a look at this machine. Specs This is a 6” x 13” machine. Thickness capacity is 6”, and width capacity is 13”. It has a 15-amp motor, and the cutter head moves on four threaded rods. Instead of knives this planer uses individual…

  • 2021 Product Showcase: Arbortech Power Carver and Precision Carving System

    Man, this is a fun tool to use. I’ve turned lots of bowls on the lathe, and really enjoy that, but carving them free form with this system is SO much fun. You can really let the wood talk to you and, in part, dictate its final shape. There’s lots of room for your artistic…

  • 2021 Product Showcase: Freud Ball Nose Bits

    You may not be good at breaking out the carving tools and carving by hand, but with the help of a CNC router and the right router bits you can easily carve incredibly intricate shapes in wood. 3D carving on a CNC router isn’t difficult to set up, but to get the best level of…

  • VCarve Pro: Importing Router Bits

    VCarve Pro is one of the most versatile software platforms on the market for controlling CNC machines, with more capabilities than most users ever have the opportunity to explore. The application includes a large number of profiles for CNC router bits so that you have the freedom to choose a bit that meets the requirement…

  • 2020 Product Showcase: ShopBot Handibot

    ShopBot’s Handibot is a very cool CNC machine. Unlike lots of other CNC routers, it’s portable. The cutting window in the machine is 6” x 8”, but work can be tiled allowing you to cut any size you want to cut. Text to 3D artwork, this machine has lots of capabilities. Driving the Handibot There…

  • Using Point Roundover Bits

    Point roundover bits provide CNC users the flexibility to add a roundover detail to a project in the same way that traditional router users can. The innovative design of point roundover bits provides the ability to follow along in a narrow CNC tool path. This is different from traditional roundover bits used in handheld routers…

  • Shaper Origin: A Handheld CNC Router?

    The Shaper Origin has been in the marketplace for some time now. It’s a very unique and interesting tool. It looks like a hand-held router, but acts like a CNC router. We want to help you understand how the Origin works so you can decide if this tool would be a good addition to your…

  • ShopBot’s New Edge Clamp Joinery Jig

    We commonly think of CNC routers as 2D platforms. Our work is mounted horizontally on the spoilboard and the CNC work is done on the face. ShopBot’s new Edge Clamp Joinery Jig changes that. Here’s what it’s all about. What it does The jig changes the CNC playing field by allowing you to mount boards…

  • CNC 3D Machine Carving

    A wide array of amazing 3D clipart is available. 3D clipart, and the resulting carvings, will add a unique touch to your woodworking projects. If you don’t like sanding (and who does?) make sure you do these carvings with the right bits to ensure the best cut quality. 3D clipart If you don’t have the…