I’ve been writing, editing and YouTubing a new series on my CNC grid system. Always a very popular subject in my digital woodworking classes, these methods for setting up your CNC make setting up, aligning and positioning parts a piece of cake. Watch my blog at Popular Woodworking for more.
Always wanted your own CNC? Want to get started in digital woodworking? Here’s your chance. Inventibles is having a contest looking for cool ideas you might have to make use of a CNC. Register to win one of their X-Carve CNCs by March 31, 2018. Feeling lucky?
Open House woodworker tour of my shop in Indianola, WA April 28. 2018
Personalized Introduction to Digital Woodworking, Indianola, WA June 2, 2018. This class will be limited to two to four students and focuses on getting new or intermediate digital woodworkers on the right track. No digital woodworking experience necessary. We’ll discuss options and demonstrate CNCs, CAD and CAM software and much more.
See the events page for more information.
Recently, I spent time with the Shaper Tools Origin. It’s a hand-held CNC. At first glance it’s router that thinks it’s a CNC. Or, maybe the other way around. Either way you look at it, it really works. A remarkable tool, well executed with serious possibilities for creatives and room to grow and enhance for the developer . For my Popular Woodworking Magazine, click here.
I did a minor tweak to the Shapeoko XL CNC. Cleaning up wiring, connectors, cable track to keep the dust away. The price of woodworking on a CNC is always lots of dust. I’d like to keep dust off of collections of fine cable, which the Shapeoko has plenty of. So, I covered them up. About 30 minutes with various sizes of split loom cable cover and it’s done. I did a review for the December 2017 issue of Popular Woodworking magazine. It’s a well designed and executed machine that a great place to start for new digital woodworkers and makers. And, I see plenty of possibilities for enhancements. Here’s a YouTube video of covering exposed wires.