Business Industrial Woodworking
Owning a woodworking business involves dedication to craftsmanship, knowledge of woodworking machinery and practices, and the desire to find customers. Some woodworkers start making their crafts as a hobby, building small projects for themselves, family members, or friends. As a woodworker expands the number of potential customers available along with skill and machinery, the hobby can transition into a woodworking business, which will require a variety of tools and pieces of equipment.How do you choose woodworking machinery and equipment?
When you start purchasing woodworking machines and equipment, there is a wide range of machines to choose from for your shop. Here are some initial factors to consider when you start your woodworking business:
- Type of products - If you are starting a woodworking business, you will be busy creating a series of products, in terms of part or piece numbers. Industrial-grade woodworking machinery will be a priority for an efficient, high-quality process. The size of your projects, in terms of scale and size, will influence the machines and equipment suited for you.
- Specialized woodworking machines - Additional specialized woodworking machinery will be needed for furniture or cabinetry woodworking.
A CNC industrial-grade wood router is a woodworking machinery tool attachment for a metal CNC machine. A computer program, the Cartesian coordinate system, and the machinery attachment create parts or objects. Once programmed, the cuts are automatic and can be simultaneous with multiple woodworking router machine heads.What are router bits commonly used in cabinetry or furniture?
A router is a versatile machine that lends itself to many projects. There are bits that can be changed out for a certain cut or use. Here are three common bits and their uses to consider when purchasing:
- Straight bit - A universal staple in any woodworker’s shop is the straight-cut bit. In addition to the straight cut, this bit can be used to create grooves or hollow out an area for placing an inlay.
- Rabbeting bit - When creating projects that require two pieces to be joined, a rabbeting bit cuts notches or square sections that can be used to join two pieces of wood together.
- Cove bit - A concave, rounded cut is created when using a cove bit. This rounded cut is used when making cabinets or decorative trim molding.
- V-groove bit - V-groove bits cut grooves into the unfinished wood cabinet or drawer door faces to add a decorative touch.