CNC Woodworking & Laser Engraving Machines in the Workshop

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In this video, we look at CNC woodworking and CO2 laser engraving machines in the workshop
Computerized machines like popular brand-name Glowforge CO2 laser engravers and desktop CNC Machines like the Shapeoko and X-carve becoming commonplace in many woodworking shops.
We’re going to look at the very basics of having these CNC machines and laser cutting machines in your workshop.

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Tony Bankston says:

Hey Colin, great video. I am looking to expand my capabilities. I would like the info on both machines, so I can do some research before purchasing anything. Thanks!

Bob Roberts says:

Hey Colin love your videos. They have motivated me to make my first cutting boards and maybe turn it to a possible side business. I have a bit of a question for you and I really hope I can get your feedback. I want to make a brick pattern end grain cutting board. I have the brick and small mortars cut out of Walnut and Cherry respectively. However for the longer mortar I don’t have boards wide enough to re saw the end grain to the thickness needed. That said, am I able to use face grain or edge grain to fill in that mortar, considering that the main part is short grain and that mortar would be long grain? Or am I better off glueing boards together to get the end grain to length and trying to re saw the mortar strips from there? Looking forward to your response. Thank you very much.

ILC 1234 says:

What's the biggest size clocks you can make with this machine and what machine is it? What size clocks can you make with the bigger machine you mentioned? What kind of burning machine is that? I want to start making and selling clocks, but I'm doing my homework and need to purchase a machine to start practicing.

Marlene Talbott-Green says:

Embellishments for woodwork in 2 rooms were destroyed by fire demolition, 6 in one room and 10 in another. My contractor wouldn't replace them, because hand carving is too expensive. This home is in a Historic District, and I would like to replicate the former embellishments, so I'm asking what are my options for replicating these and where would I find such a woodworker in Ohio? I'm getting kind of desperate. Thanks for any information.

Kat Wang says:

Great video. I have bad arthritis and I can’t wait to learn how to use a cnc machine.

Abar Design says:

which wood did you use

j p says:

Howmucho is the lazer machine ?

Austin McCall says:

What is the model number to the wood cutting Machine or do you have a link to the kit?

Metalbass10000 says:

You DO want to teach your Z=0 your tool length offsets, and it's a requirement in most shops to "single block" or "dry run" your program to be sure there's no surprises…

Just a thought….

Oh, yeah, referring to an end mill as a, "bit," will probably get some funny looks. Just a heads up.

CW says:

Troll-a person that “only works with their hands” but clicks on a video obviously featuring machines and electronics, then leaves a negative comment. Nice video guys, I just got a laser and can’t wait to get some projects going. Still trying to figure out how I will do it without using my hands or mind though! 🙂

Steve Scott says:

Thanks for this, it’s fabulous. What power is the laser?

Dean L. Martin says:

What machines are you using in the video?

tiroles says:

HI excelent video! Thanks!! I am thinking if it's possible for a more powerful laser to "carve" wood as the cnc does? I know it will leave burn marks where it touches, but it would be possible to do so? Cheers from Brazil! 😀

Unknown says:

Nothing beats a good “simulization”. 😂😂

Jim Burns says:

Well you seem to have overlooked the details on the machines working limits.

Pam Blumenthal says:

To all the naysayers and hands on woodworkers….I hope you're not using motorized miter saws, table saws, sanders, routers, drills and impacts. That would just be cheating and not using your hands.

Tr4n515t0r says:

God bless the information age. Thank you so much for sharing Mark with us!! Excellent video and great information!! 😻

Hugh M says:

Already have a similar CNC. Also have a 3D printer. Will eventually get a similar laser. All are just tools/employees to increase the scope of stuff you can make. Love the videos of both being used to show how they compliment one another.

Gene Howe says:

Where can I get that lase with two heads? 🙂

Mike Curtin says:

Thumbs up to crush a troll.

Brett Becraft says:

I love the comments, the older group says CNC is not woodworking. And their ancestors says power tools that's not woodworking. I love the industrial approach to woodworking and who can not appreciate the hands-on approach. But what will the industrialist group have to complain about, just a nugget to think about?

divchief07ut says:

Nice vid as usual! How long did it actually take to make the runs on each machine?

Frank Jenkins says:

I am now retired after a 40 year career with a machine shop. We had several CNC machines as well as manual machines. In my wood shop, I make custom wood signs with a palm router. I don't use a CNC for my carving. However, I am considering adding a laser to my shop. I have my own company now…..and initially didn't think I would be making things for inventory and craft shows. But I am evolving and giving this style of business more thought. So a laser is most likely my next major purchase…..because "engraving" is the line of work I think I will be pursuing with my company. I'm 66 years old and I hope I have lots more years ahead to enjoy and learn the new facets of wood working yet to come. But I will NEVER give up on "the good ole way" of hand tool work.

Timothy Moske says:

It's great, but not that great. Do something by hand not computer. No skill

Lynda H says:

Very interesting Colin and Paul. I have never seen one in action so very informative. It's another tool that could be added to the workshop to enhance your projects if desired. Thanks for putting it out there for us.

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