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Building My Upcycled Electric Guitar from Reclaimed Materials on the CNC Machine

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I’m an “upcyclist,” which is a fancy word for trash picker. I build with reclaimed and discarded materials and I love making guitars. So when my friend was replacing his dated, maple kitchen counter, I jumped at the change to grab it and make a unique, headless one-piece guitar using my collection of router bits from Amana Tool. In Aspire, I designed the guitar as one piece of wood (versus a body and neck that bolt together). Also unlike more … click to read more

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Evolution and The Importance of You

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ToolsToday’s David Coventry discusses how individuals are shaping the future of the industry and how almost anyone can get involved with a CNC machine and a router bit. If you follow Toolstoday on Instagram, you may have noticed we just reached over 40,000 followers, this being achieved in just over one-year, a remarkable feat. This lead me to consider what influence individuals are having on our industry and why. This above image by @savant_pcs recently pushed ToolsToday over 40,000 followers on … click to read more

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Marriage Made in an Austrian CNC Woodshop

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Marriage they say is an act of union, and in this blog feature we interview Husband and Wife team David and Katharina von den Driesch, who not only have a marriage union, they have a working union, with their CNC sign making business, Design by KD. “I love to work with wood, as my father was a carpenter and I took much of my inspiration and passion from him.” We asked the couple if they would like to work with … click to read more

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Using A CNC Router and Engraver Laser To Make A Step Stool

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I needed to create a simple step stool for my grandmother so she could reach the top kitchen cabinets. As my family ages we grow shorter so we have many stools in our homes. I thought I’d take this stool to the next level by adding some personal touches.  The first step was taking two 2×6 boards and gluing them together.  After taking them out of the clamps, I placed it on the CNC and routed out the letters to … click to read more

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Easily Cut A Wooden Sign with Your CNC

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Wooden signs are all the rage currently, so we decided we needed to design and create some signs that signified home was where the heart was. First, we wanted to come up with the outline of each state. Since we live in Arkansas, we started with that. Finding a vector file of your home state should be very easy with a simple google search. Wikipedia is usually a really good place to start. Choosing a bit is an important decision. … click to read more

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Inside the mind of a CNC artist

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Inside the mind of a CNC artist! In conversation with Pierre-Luc Arsenu Albert Einstein said, “Creativity is contagious, pass it on” and in the case of Pierre-Luc Arsenu, we have enjoyed sharing his creativity with the Toolstoday community. In this blog, we are in conversation with Pierre-Luc to get inside the mind of a CNC artist. Concepts start in the thought process and we asked Pierre-Luc how his creative thoughts begin. He told us “The thought is very natural and … click to read more

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Table Saw and Router / Shaper Table Machine Setup Made Simple

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Over the years, I’ve tried many different ways to set up a machine correctly. The available tools to do so and techniques that accompany them are quite dizzying. I break it down into two levels; machine calibration and machine setup. Calibration is usually an hour+ process involving calipers, machinist squares, and a bit of harsh language. Thankfully I only put myself through that once every few months. Machine setup on the other hand is something we do pretty much every … click to read more

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Improving the Human Power Feeder

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There are many important factors on getting a nice, clean cut at the router table or shaper. Cutter design, flute direction, spindle horsepower, size and depth of cut, workpiece control (featherboards and hold downs), grain direction, and machine calibration just to name a few. I was reminded of another factor the other day when I was milling parts for cabinet doors on the shaper. I noticed the edge along the panel groove of my stile was getting some tear out. … click to read more

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Wide Range of High Quality Tooling

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It’s time to build some new high quality cabinets for the shop. click to read more

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Opendesk’s Tools of the Trade

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Furniture platform Opendesk runs through seven essential router bits that are used to manufacture their furniture around the world. click to read more

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