• 8:27

    CNC Tips: Engraving Glass Block

    When we think of CNC routers we primarily think of cutting mainstream materials like wood or even plastic. But CNC routers have LOTS more versatility than that. In this case, we’re going to use the machine to engrave a glass block. What does the cutting? The work is done with a diamond drag. It’s a…

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  • 17:02

    Cutting Mortises On Your CNC

    There are many types of joinery that can be used in woodworking; dovetails, splines, butt joints, miters, finger joints, dados, biscuits, mortise and tenon, and others. Of all the woodworking joints, both historical and modern, mortise and tenon joints have been the workhorse of furniture construction joinery for centuries. Cutting mortises is one of those…

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  • 10:18

    CNC: Flattening Cookies

    If you’re like me, you look at a log as a cylinder full of possibilities. It’s full of planks, bowl blanks, and cookies. Yep, cookies. This is a term commonly used for the pieces you get when you crosscut a log into slabs you can use as table tops, or for a variety of other…

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  • 4:48

    Painting a Sign: Masking for Two Colors

    Sign making is a great area within woodworking. Most of us have the tools and the fundamental woodworking skills to produce creative custom signs that people love. In order to fully customize the look of your sign, it’s a good idea to apply some color. This can give it the special look that you’re after,…

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  • 16:01

    Double-sided Sign on a CNC

    One of the great things you can do on a CNC router is a double-sided sign. There are some key points to making this work, and work correctly. – Controlling depth of cut so you don’t cut through when you cut both faces – Controlling the model position in the project when you’re using 3D…

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  • 7:03

    Shopbot Desktop MAX ATC

    I was thrilled to see the ShopBot Desktop MAX ATC CNC router at the 2019 AWFS show. I’m already enthralled by the work that benchtop CNC routers can do. Add ATC to a CNC machine, and you’re really cooking with gas. What’s an ATC? ATC stands for automatic tool changer. Instead of the operator manually…

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  • 8:51

    Cutting Brass on Your CNC Machine

    When you think of a CNC machine, perhaps your first thought is related to large plywood cutting projects such as cabinets or signs; right? Those are absolutely great applications for CNC, but a CNC machine is also capable of so much more. For example, did you know that you can also cut brass on a…

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  • 3:13

    How to Remove CNC Tabs

    When you want to automate production and bring some precision to a project, nothing beats CNC technology. The world of CNC is exploding these days in a very positive way to bring a spectrum of innovative and economical solutions to production shops as well as hobbyists. While CNC routers can automate many of the tasks…

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  • 5:01

    Allowing for Router Bit Diameter on a CNC Machine

    CNC technology can add a lot of value to a woodworking shop in terms of precision, repeatability, efficiency and quality. Once you have an overview of a CNC machine, you will begin to understand the precision in place throughout the system. This is one of those “garbage in, garbage out” scenarios in which the CNC…

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