Both processes give you great results but there are clear advantages to using a CNC to cut parts. More accuracy, a better finish and speed are three reasons I prefer a CNC for the task. And, it’s great to walk away to work on other things. To learn more about the two techniques, check out my latest YouTube video…
At some point in this online world, you face the reality that you have to do videos. If for nothing more then to explain complex subject matter better. And so, for better or worse I started to post videos on YouTube. I do promise to get better. Really.
First up, is a review of a great small shop size CNC machine: The Laguna IQ. I’ve been putting this to work for a few weeks and have found it to be solid, accurate, spec’d well, nicely engineered and well built CNC.
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Here’s a link to the channel: digital.woodworking
If you already have a CNC, then you already know what a challenge it is to select the right bit and set the right cutting speed for a given job. On the Popular Woodworking website, I’ve started a series of posts to help you make the right choices when you buy your router bits or CNC mills.
This is a multipart series that will be ongoing. Four articles so far with several more to go.
Here’s a link to the introduction…
There are some good choices in small CNCs that are well designed for woodworkers. What I’m referring to are well designed, sturdy and accurate machines in the 2×3 and 2×4 size range. One of best of them is the Laguna IQ 24″ x 36″ CNC. This machine uses a 3HP water cooled spindle, linear rails and balls screws – key ingredients that make for a high accuracy, heavy duty machine capable of serious digital woodworking. The Laguna IQ also has a feature that I really like that the other competitors don’t have – 4″ of overtravel. With that, you could add a setup to work vertically for joinery.
Good news. Between now and the end of January 2017 they are priced at $5500 instead of the normal price of $6000. Plus, shipping to your door is just $99 throughout the continental US. A good deal on an excellent woodworking CNC machine.
Here’s the link… Laguna Tools IQ
There are many types of CNCs (computer numeric control), but for most woodworkers a 3-axis CNC router is the right tool and also the most affordable. The axis are: X, Y and Z. The spindle or router travels along the long axis and on an overhanging gantry for the perpendicular second axis. The third axis is just the up and down movement of the router or spindle takes as it travels along the other two directions. [Read more…] about How do CNCs Work?