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CNC Circle

This group is for anyone interested in CNC machining in woodworking.

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Rates to charge for Carvings made by the CNC machine

Started by Todd C. Spriggins. Last reply by Neal Schlee Jun 14, 2012. 1 Reply

I have been approched by a client to produce carved entry doors. He will supply all the ArtCam files and designs but he wants me to produce, carve the designs, finish, apply hardware, pack and ship…Continue

Well we are buying a CNC. Now What?

Started by David Poulin. Last reply by Brian Tormey Dec 27, 2011. 7 Replies

Hello Group,Here the story, we are a 5-10 man cabinet making shop located in southern ontario. We produce a moderated amount of kitchen a year, but not enough to keep a CNC machine busy for a…Continue


Started by Dave Schiller. Last reply by john daze Nov 17, 2011. 1 Reply


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Comment by Mike Serwa on August 1, 2011 at 11:52am


We would be happy to work with you on the proper tooling selections based on your materials and machine that you have purchased.  Just give us a call and someone here at Vortex would be happy to assist. 1-800-355-7708

Thanks- Mike S. -  Vortex Tool

Comment by Ralph W. Bagnall on July 30, 2011 at 8:56am
You can get compression bits in smaller diameters which can help.

Any sort of spiral leaves a somewhat fuzzy edge in plywoods, straight bits cut much slower but leave a far neater edge.

If you need more specific info, please feel free to get in touch with me and I'll be happy to discuss your machine, what you want to cut and the bits to do that.

I'm on the road this coming week, but we can set up a phone call after the 8th.

Comment by Jay D. Wyant on July 30, 2011 at 8:50am
John with smaller less powerful machines, chip load is always an issue. Compression bits are great if you have the power to cut 3/4"or more in a single pass. Single flute bits like a 1+1 compression work great on machines that can't move as quick as some of the larger machines. I am not sure if this will be the case on your machine or not.
Comment by John Robinson on July 30, 2011 at 6:48am
Thanks Wayne I'll check them out ,John
Comment by Wayne Adelkopf on July 30, 2011 at 6:29am
Your going to want to get some standard bits for your sheet good processing. Vortex tools makes some great compression bits, called XP series, that provide clean cuts and long life on the materials you mention. I would start with 1/4", 3/8" & 1/2" compression. You will also want a 5mm bit for shelf pin holes and 32mm hardware. Any profiling you may be doing will require some ball-nose bits; 1/8", 1/4", 3/8".

Hope this helps.
Comment by John Robinson on July 30, 2011 at 5:29am
Just finialy made the plunge and ordered a small 2x3 Laguna IQ pro this week,seems like a good entry level machine for a reasonable price. Can't wait. Any suggestions on bits for solid wood, veneer core ply's, and mdf ?
Comment by Jim Dixon on July 13, 2010 at 12:31pm
CNC machines are great! Check us out. We feel as if we just scratched an itch!
Comment by Bob Mathews on May 28, 2009 at 4:36pm
I've have a little experience with all 3, what kind of help do you need
Comment by Brooks Patterson on May 18, 2009 at 9:08pm
I'm just gonna guess that nobody in here has any experience integrating robotic arms with CNC tech but, if someone does i would love to talk to them. Also, I just bought rail and stile insert cutters for my CNC. Does anyone here make entry doors or use aggregate tooling?? I have lots of questions !!
Comment by Jim Wellever on April 22, 2009 at 8:50am
Tom, are you currently running design software such as Cabinet Vision or similar? For casework, these systems can be highly effective and efficient. Inmany cases, however, you may have nearly as much invested in software as in the machine. I've consulted with numerous companies that hire my graduates and the many comments about finding that the router changes the way you do things and adds new markets are dead on.
Good luck, Jim

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