Computer numerical control (CNC) is a type of manufacturing process that can manipulate a wide variety of materials. Wood is a common material that can be easily cut and manipulated by CNC machines, such as CNC routers.
Here is a brief overview of how CNC machining is used within the woodworking industry:
CNC Wood Routers
A CNC wood router is a CNC machine that designs tangible objects from various wood types, including maple. A CNC wood router operates on what is called the Cartesian coordinate system. This system uses the X, Y, and Z axes to achieve 3D motion control of a project. The specific parts of a woodworking project can be designed by a computer with CAD and CAM programs, and they can then be cut automatically with a CNC router to produce a finished part.
As far as how they are implemented, CNC wood routers are perfect for woodworking hobbyists, prototyping, woodwork product development, wood art, and other forms of production.
CNC Woodworking Projects
These are a few types of CNC woodworking projects you may consider making on your own:
Maple wood computer table – If you have several types of computer equipment like a desktop or laptop, a printer, and a scanner, you could use a nice new – and homemade – computer table made of wood. A CNC wood router can aid in the shaping of the table’s legs and tabletop platform.
Rustic wood serving spoon – Spice up your kitchen with some rustic flair by creating a wooden serving spoon. Using a CNC router or other machine, you can quickly shape a large piece of wood into a rustic-looking serving spoon that’s perfect for serving food in pots, pans, or large bowls. Much like a spatula, a serving spoon can pick up any small enough food items. There are numerous other kitchen utensils and items you can create with a CNC woodworking machine.
Rustic wood patio chairs – Create a rustic chair – or two – for relaxation on your patio in the western United States. All elements of a chair – from the legs to the seat to the backing and arms – can all be molded out of large pieces of wood using a CNC cutting machine.
Wood ornaments and decorations – Create beautiful wooden pieces in the shape of a reindeer head or Doberman pincher to hang on the wall or your Christmas tree. Using CNC technology, it’s easy to make precise cuts on wood to form beautiful decorations for your home, no matter where you reside.