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Readyforcnc

I started using CNC (Computer-Numeric-Controlled) machines about 12 years ago when I purchased a small Shopbot model for the Tech Ed program in the high school where I teach.

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What is a cnc router how to get started

CNC (Computer Numeric Control) technology is becoming more and more affordable. That’s not to say these machines are cheap, but for the investment of two to three thousand bucks, you can employ a quite capable workshop assistant that can do a lot for you, including creating signs, shaping templates, making parts, cutting joints, and even carving forms. 

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Tablelamp1

Lamps are fun to build. They  go together quickly, require minimal material, and allow a lot of creative leeway. A few years ago, I developed a method for making shades from thin plywood, opening up even more design possibilities and a chance to break away from relying on commercial shades.

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Passiveamp1

I have thousands of songs in my phone, to say nothing of the apps streaming satellite radio, live sports, and more. But when I’m without headphones or a Bluetooth speaker, getting all that entertainment out of the phone and into my ears leaves much to be desired. 

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Threetierplatter1

There’s something about a beautifully designed three-tiered serving platter that’s classy, timeless, and certain to impress guests. In addition to its stacking functionality, it looks great as a dinner table or side table centerpiece, and serves for ideal presentation of desserts, chocolates, fruit, and other goodies. 

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Mockups1

Many woodworkers struggle with designing, whether it’s with a pencil or mouse. Even if you can sketch and/or navigate design software, it can still be difficult to get a good sense of how a piece of completed furniture is going to relate to real space. 

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Ovensquirrel1

If you can spare an hour and some half-inch scrap, you can craft this handy oven rack pusher/puller.

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Wcm square

Not long ago, my wife walked into the shop to find a tool. What she found instead was me laboring over a big project and an even bigger mess. 

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