On April 27-28th, I’ll hold an exclusive two-day class for 2-4 students in my shop. We’ll cover basics, beyond the basics and advanced techniques in Digital Woodworking. The syllabus and schedule will be coming soon. Contact Tim for more information.
I’m teaching two classes at the Marc Adam’s School of Woodworking this year. The first is June 18-22, 2018. It’s an intermediate class, Transitioning into the World of Digital Skills, Tools and CNCs for Today’s Woodworker. The class is designed for woodworkers and furniture makers who have or will soon have a CNC, has some experience in CAD software.
The second class is CNC Jigs, Fixtures and Layout for Digital Woodworking. The dates are June 23-24. This is for CNC owners who’d like to learn how to use CNC precision to your advantage. How to modify your CNC bed for a custom pin registration system. Various jigs and fixtures to register on the bed. Included will be customized spoil board/ clamp fixtures. Jigs for machining multiple parts at the same time and my own clamp making jigs. The system I use on my own CNCs makes accurate setup, alignment, zeroing and clamping fast and easy.
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.
Digital woodworking tools are a challenging, sometimes frustrating and always a lot of fun to work with. But, it’s easy to be distracted by cool high tech hardware, computers, CNCs, laser cutters, digital routers and miss the most important tool of them all: CAD design software. Without it, you won’t get very far. But with it, it’ll take you and what you want to make as far as your imagination will go. If you take the time to learn how to use it. There’s no question about it. If you want to make cool stuff in digital woodworking, you’ve got to design it first. And, CAD is the place you do it.
Good CAD software is worth far more than whatever it costs. Actual price is not measured in dollars. It’s about the vast quantities of time you’ll spend learning it, using it and pushing it to the limits of your skills and imagination. Pro tip: don’t be cheap. Get the one that can take you where you want to go not just today, but tomorrow, too.
Think of CAD as an investment in your future. It’s the place you’ll be living in for a long time. Might as well make it enjoyable and productive. Divide the upfront cost over the many years you’ll use it and you’ll discover it’s a bargain. Invest wisely.
I confess. I sometimes have a problem with self-induced volunteerism. Throughout my adult life, I’ve been consumed many times by a project, cause or group in need of something I could contribute. One of my latest adventures was to design and build 9 workbenches for a community woodworking group. Good folks. Happy to help. But, like a lot of things, I’ve taken it way over the top.
So, besides a new bench design each one got their own unique vise chop. Designed in Rhino3D, programmed in RhinoCAM and machined on my CNCs. I’ve been writing about this project over several blog posts at Popular Woodworking’s online site. Here’s a link if you missed it. And, here’s a link to photos of the vise chops.