Woodworking is a lost art.
There is something to be said for working with your hands. You get to feel the woodcut, see the inconsistencies in the stroke. There really is something majestic about it. But the thing that stands out the most is that it takes a ton of time to finish any projects. Woodworking as a hobby can be very rewarding. I am sure you got started in boy scouts with the pinewood derby races. If only I knew what I know now then. I would destroy the other scouts now…lol We would all like to pass on our trade and hobbies to our kids.
You might be asking well what do I know now. Well, a lot has since I was younger. Woodworking isn’t as popular and companies like Ikea have made cheap furniture cool. The only thing keeping it alive might be the hipsters that can’t stand when they have matching anything. I personally love it cause I’m awkward sometimes. Enough about me!
I want to talk about the woodworking CNC. This machine can allow us to make simple furniture or intricate wooden sculptures. Your imagination is really the only limitation. You wouldn’t be here if you were not good with your hands. Here is a DIY CNC mill that you can use for woodworking.
Most people know about the large CNC machines that are built to cut metal. Many times they are used to make parts like the one above. these are heavy duty machines. They are super tough.
If you have ever been in a machine shop you will see how big some of these CNC machines are. With that size comes a sizable price tag. A decent 3-axis CNC will cost you the price of a luxury car in America. That is around $50,000. For a super nice high-end 5-axis CNC it will cost you over $400,000. I am having a hard time thinking of a car that costs that much. Oh, wait… I know… The Lamborghini Aventador lp700-4.
But in all seriousness, when was the last time you heard of someone with a CNC in their garage? I know I have not. I have dreamt about it though…lol So this brings me back to wood. You need a large, heavy-duty, expensive CNC for metal but not for wood. You can get away with something much smaller and much less expensive. If you made it this far in woodworking you can probably just build one right?
Something I didn’t mention was precision. CNCs add a level of precision to your work that is uncanny. Your DIY project will look like a professionally made product. Probably the best part is it saves time so you can still work your 9-5, gig! Or you can quit that and turn your hobby into a career. There is nothing wrong with making an extra dollar these days. I know I’m struggling. You could be the one that everyone envies when you drive up to work in a new sports car.
Click to get the information to change how you do woodworking for the better and who knows, you can help your kids win the pinewood derby.