Types of CNC Machines
Sep26

Types of CNC Machines

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) refers to the way that engineers and operators can order a manufacturing tool or machine to work through the aid of computer programming. These machines use the g-code language which tells the machine exactly how to cut, shape, grind, mold or melt a source material put into the machine, such as plastic, wood or metal and turn out the finished product exactly as it is wanted. There are several types of CNC machines in the market today, thanks largely to their versatility in terms of applications. CNC machines are programmed and computer-controlled devices that perform myriad tasks in industries without human assistance. They follow steps sequentially that render them reliable, accurate and precise. This kind of machining has wide applications universally, in manufacturing industries, such as mining, automobiles and metal fabrication. There are five basic types of CNC machines. They are listed below. Take a look. #1. CNC Lathe Machines: These machines are fast replacing older type of lathes such as multi-spindles because they are easy to use and set, and are extremely precise. They are manual lathes in automated avatar and can change tools automatically. They are highly capable of producing 3D moulds and shapes of plastic, metal and wood objects. After a typical part is designed, its tool paths are programmed by CAD/CAM and the resulting file is uploaded to the machine. After it is set, and the machine goes through a trial run, it turns out parts occasionally supervised by an operator. #2. CNC Plasma Cutting Machine: This machine is similar to CNC routers, except that it does not need a powerful setup, which a CNC router does. The CNC plasma machine uses plasma to cut metal moulds and 2D shapes. However, their organization isn’t as powerful as CNC routers as they use a plasma torch instead of the heavy spinning tool that CNC routers use to function. CNC plasma cutters are similar to their plasma counterparts, despite this, the force that moves a laser cutter is not at all as destructive as a plasma torch. #3. CNC Router Machine: These highly automated machines are used to cut highly complex shapes and prototypes of sheets of plastic, metal and wood. Usually, 3-axis router machines are used, but you can find up to 6-axis CNC routers that are used to do highly technical and complicated tasks. #4. CNC Milling Machines: CNC Milling machines are the most universally used of all CNC machines. This is a particular kind of CNC machining very much akin to drilling and cutting. This machine can achieve many functions that normal drilling and cutting machines would do. CNC milling...

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Wood Carving Kits for Beginners
Sep20

Wood Carving Kits for Beginners

Everyone aspires to be a good woodcarver but knows that it means a lot of hard work, precision at work and imagination. For a budding woodcarver, these traits are elementary. However, there are a lot of helpful woodcarvers who are keen to help anyone keen to learn this trade, even if only as a hobby. A random search on the Net brings forth many sites full of helpful information regarding woodcarving for beginners, links and aids to be a successful budding woodcarver. What it takes to be a good budding woodcarver: The “tools” you need to carve something from wood needs thought, training and experience. That apart, you need a few more qualities to be a successful budding woodcarver, whether for pleasure or for profit. Here they are: You should look closely and carefully to take in all the details of the object you want to create. You should want to go the extra mile by researching to learn as many details of the object you want to carve. You need to have enough patience to complete carving an object until you are satisfied with your effort. At this stage of your interest in woodcarving, it’s important that you learn this craft without making too many mistakes. One way of learning woodcarving is to invest in a good basic woodcarving kit. There are many woodcarving sites on the Net, each offering what it terms as good and complete wood carving kits for beginners. Here are some links you can use: Gimars Carbon Steel Carving Tools for Kids & Beginners Beginner Wood Carving Kit Basic Knife Set for Wood Carving Wood Carving for Beginners Tools Knife Set Here’s a great resource for woodcarving tutorials: L S Irish Now that you know all about wood carving kits for beginners, take a look at how to choose woodcarving tools. How to choose woodcarving tools for beginners: As a beginner, it’s understandable that you will be overwhelmed by the wealth of information and products available at the nearby store and online. To clear the mist on this, consider buying wood carving tools for beginners based on the following parameters: A set of various tools: By buying yourself a set of wood carving tools, you can enter a world of creating various objects, from simple whistles to letter openers, jars, figurines, etc. Tools made of carbon steel: By insisting on a carbon steel set of tools, you can use a harder material on wood, enabling cutting hardwood easy. Inspect for quality: Ensure that the set you buy is examined and passed for quality, so that you can use it to work on all kinds...

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Best Wood Lathe Reviews 2016
Aug09

Best Wood Lathe Reviews 2016

Best Wood Lathe Reviews 2016 If you are looking for the best wood lathe, along with the detailed reviews, then you have reached the right place. Market is flooded with a variety of wood lathes, but selecting one for your needs can be an uphill task. In order to buy one, you should consider points such as ease of use, construction, speed and power. But what is a wood lathe? A wood lathe is a simple device that lets one create beautifully carved woodwork. It comprises an electric motor, two points known as the headstock and the tailstock, and a gouge or chisel. A piece of wood is placed between the headstock and tailstock and the motor then turns this wood piece so that the chisel carves it. Woodworkers always have a wood lathe in their tool kit so that they can create a wide variety of wooden items such as pens, table legs, salad bowls and banisters. Lathes may be simplistic tools, yet you may find it difficult to find the right one. PICTUREMODELLENGTHSWINGRATINGS Shop Fox W1836 Bench Top Wood Lathe 15" Between Centers12" Swing Over Bed (5 / 5) 10+ Reviews Jet JWL-1015 Wood Working Lathe15-1/2" Between Centers10" Swing Over Bed (5 / 5) 10+ Reviews Shop Fox W1704 Benchtop Lathe 13" Between Centers8" Swing Over Bed (4 / 5) 90+ Reviews RIKON 70-100 12-by-16-Inch Mini Lathe16" Between Centers12" Swing (4.3 / 5) 40+ Reviews Rockler Excelsior 5-Speed Mini Lathe17-3/4" Between Centers10" Swing (4.5 / 5) 43+ Reviews 5 Best Wood Lathe Reviews Shop Fox W1836 Bench Top Wood Lathe If you are looking for the best wood lathe in the mini wood lathe category, then you can consider the Shop Fox W1836 Bench Top Wood Lathe. Compared to the Rockler Excelsior, this one weighs about 4 pounds more at 85.4 pounds. It is packed with features that will suit a beginner woodworker. Equipped with a powerful ¾ HP motor with variable speed spindle control, this one has a digital RPM readout, which makes it easy to know your exact speed. The two spindle speeds are: 500-1800 RPM and 1000-3800 RPM. This means you can turn practically any decorative item on it. Don’t forget, it has a 12” swing over bed. The cast iron construction of the Shop Fox W1836 makes sure that there are fewer vibrations while operating it. As compared to most other wood lathes where you have to change speeds manually, here you can change speeds with the turn of a knob (without changing the belts). What’s more – you can increase the length of the Shop Fox W1836 by adding an additional bed...

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What Is A Jointer?

A jointer, better known as a surface planer, planer, flat top or buzzer is part of a woodworker’s essential equipment that he uses to make a flat surface along the length of a board. It derives its name from its basic function of creating flat edges on boards before joining them at the edges to make wider boards. Difference between jointer and planar Novice woodworkers always ask, “What is a jointer?” as much as they want to know the difference between jointer and planar. Basically, each machine is meant for a unique surfacing need. Though both woodworking tools are required by professionals to get the maximum out of rough lumber, yet the basic function of a jointer is to flatten a surface or straightens an edge. A planer is used to flatten the second surface and make it parallel to the one made by the jointer. Thickness Planers: A thickness planer takes rough sawn boards and converts them into boards of consistent thickness along their length. They are smooth and flat on upper and lower surfaces. This is done by getting one surface to a reasonable smoothness and flatness. This board is then turned over and the opposite side is also smoothened and flattened similarly. Since the timber is put through a series of rollers, the end result is a consistent thickness. Typically, a planer comprises: An adjustable table proportionate to the real cutting head that determines the overall thickness of the board An in-feed and an out-feed roller that send the board through the planer A cutting head with rotating blades that cover the timber Wood Jointers: The primary function of a wood jointer is to create one flat edge on a board which can then be joined at the edges to make a far wider board. This device comes with two tables parallel to each other and known as an in-feed and an out-feed table. They are placed above the cutter head so that the jointer creates a completely straight and a square edge. When two boards are placed together, they fit perfectly and the strong joint that ensues is nearly invisible. Advantages of jointers and planers These two devices are both similar in many ways though they perform different functions. Yet, each has its own advantages, such as: Woodworkers use both these machines to smoothen wooden boards, yet a jointer smoothens the edges of the stock allows the edges of both boards to be joined. A jointer can also joint or smoothen the surface of a board. A jointer is also used to flatten a twisted, warped or bowed board. On the other hand, a planer...

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What Is A Hammer Drill?
Jul07

What Is A Hammer Drill?

An overview of what is a hammer drill, types of hammer drills and its applications.  Although a hammer drill has got little to do with woodworking, (it is mostly used for masonry work), we thought we must mention what is a hammer drill anyway. However, if you are using the hammer drill for woodworking purposes make sure that the speed can be varied right down. So a hammer drill is known by several names, such as a rotary drill, rotary hammer, hammering drill or roto-drill. Basically, it is a rotary or turning drill which works with a hammering action. The hammering action gives a short and quick push to crush brittle material and enable drilling with less effort and quickly. A hammer drill is electrically connected and also runs on batteries. Types of hammer drills There are primarily two types of hammer drills, the cam action type and the electro-pneumatic type. Cam-Action (Percussion) hammer drills: Drills with lower power units are known as hammer drills and have a percussion hammering method or cam-action. Here, two sets of gears with teeth interact with each other mechanically to hammer while turning the drill bit. In these drills, the chuck works by moving forwards and backwards on the rotary axis and the motion is secured with the chuck’s rotation. It’s common to see this kind of drill used either with the hammer action or without. However, using just the hammer action is not possible as the hammer motion is caused due to the rotation on the cams. Such units are smaller and run on modern-day cordless technology. These are used more for drilling masonry or concrete occasionally. Electro-Pneumatic: Rotary hammers are the more modern power units. They are larger and have a much larger impact force because they harness a technology known as “electro-pneumatic” (EP) hammering mechanism,” since it runs on electricity rather than a separate air compressor. It comprises two pistons—a flying piston and a drive piston. Modern rotary hammers and those jackhammers that run on electricity use this technology. In modern units, the rotation and hammer functions can either be used together or singly. These drills are largely used for masonry work. Dedicated hammer drill: Also called a rotary hammer, this tool is used by masons for drilling concrete. Corded drill with hammer option: This kind of drill comes with a hammer setting. It runs on electricity, so you needn’t worry about charging batteries. Cordless drill with hammer option: These drills are best used in the absence of electricity at the work site. Uses of hammer drills: Hammer drills are used in those situations where workers need to get the maximum out...

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3 Must-Have Electronic Gadgets For Woodworking
Jun30

3 Must-Have Electronic Gadgets For Woodworking

If you’re looking for a gift for a woodworker friend that he’d appreciate, why not gift him digital measuring tools? These electronic gadgets are perfect for woodworking projects and they are so reasonably priced that they won’t pinch your pocket. Why buy electronic gadgets for woodworking? Well, to begin with, they bring a lot of accuracy to your work, are incredibly convenient and as gadgets, they are very appealing. For all their pluses, they are highly affordable and easy to wrap. For woodworkers, it’s a big boon. Here are some that you might like to consider for their individual strengths: Digital Fractional Calipers Using these calipers, you can measure extremely accurately and ensure it’s right. You needn’t work with a measuring tape and hope to God that your measurement is right. These calipers can be successfully used to measure material thickness, hole depth and diameter of a drill bit. When you go shopping for calipers, be sure to buy the fractional type like this one over here. With this gadget, you can measure in fractional inches and in decimal and in millimeters. If you buy digital calipers that aren’t fractional, they will read in thousandths of an inch and you will be left converting it into fractions, thereby increasing your work and leaving you confused and wondering if you’re right. All woodworkers will find the digital caliper extremely useful. If you too need to do a lot of calculations, consider buying a a Fractional Digital Caliper if you work in fractional notations. Fractional readings are available right down to 1/128ths of an inch, which is as accurate as you can get. By pressing a button you can get the readout in decimal form for the maximum accuracy. Digital Planer Read Out This add-on gadget can be installed on several different portable planers. This gadget is easy to use and it’s extremely accurate. All you need to do is to measure the thickness of the wood and set the planer to just a little below that and there you go. If you want to hit a particular thickness, using this tool would be more than sufficient because the readout here will give you the exact material thickness that leaves your planer. So, if you don’t have digital calipers, you can use this readout too to measure board thickness. Fractional Calculator This is a reliable tool which works as an excellent calculator. So, you don’t have to do any mental maths to get the right measurements. Now, using this calculator, you can enter any fractions and carry out all the required math functions. It helps you calculate in yards, meters, feet...

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