Educational Resources

Learn how to automate 3D models for router and saw optimization

ORLANDO -- Programming multiple CNC machines and integrating routers, point-to-point machines and saws can be challenging and time-consuming. CIM-TECH and Woodworking Network will present a webinar on Wednesday, November 10 at 2 p.m. Eastern detailing how having one integrated software solution can efficiently streamline your process and increase your productivity. According to Kenny Belfatto, national sales manager for CIM-TECH, using Saw-CIM allows the 3D output from CIM-TECH to be filtered to a saw, router or point-to-point machine via ARDIS software.

Open books and employee ownership - with Ted Hall

Will Sampson talks about business transparency and sharing financial information with your employees. His guest is Ted Hall, founder of the innovative CNC manufacturer ShopBot, a company that just recently converted to an Employee Ownership Trust.

The robots are here - with Derek Degeest

Will Sampson talks about new advances in robotic technology including an interview with Derek Degeest, president of Lesta USA, which is marketing self-learning robots to the finishing industry. This episode was recorded live at the AWFS Fair.

Building a brand and selling your business with Corbin Clay, Part 2

Will Sampson talks about enhancing value in your products and your business. His guest is Corbin Clay, who created a nationally recognized furniture brand while using wood nobody wanted and then sold that company to “retire” when he was only 38 years old. Woodworking Network is a home for professional woodworkers, presenting technology, supplies, education, inspiration, and community, from small business entrepreneurs to corporate managers at large automated plants.

Building a brand and selling your business with Corbin Clay, Part 1

Will Sampson talks about enhancing value in your products and your business. His guest is Corbin Clay, who created a nationally recognized furniture brand while using wood nobody wanted and then sold that company to “retire” when he was only 38 years old. This episode of the Woodworking Network Podcast was sponsored by Wood Pro Expo Florida, being held June 8-10, 2021, at The Palm Beach Convention Center in West Palm Beach, FL.

Automation, opportunities, and jobs, part 2

Will Sampson talks about how important owner energy is to life of a business. He continues his conversation with Kathy and Tony Everett, owners of Millwork on 31st in Charlotte, North Carolina. They went from a successful career in automotive parts manufacturing to buying an architectural millwork firm. They’ve updated the company with automation and lean manufacturing, but what really makes them stand out is their approach to employees.

Checks in cherry lumber

Q. We just started processing some cherry lumber that was planed S2S by the supplier. We are seeing a small number of checks developing, especially in the flat sawn pieces. We are really perplexed as to what is causing this.

Machining to the end

Q. We have a machining problem. As we machine a piece, it is good until the last half inch. At this end, we all too often get a piece that chips out all the way to the end. Where should we look?

Just a box? – with Phillip Crabtree

Will Sampson talks about the long-running arguments in woodworking over cabinet construction methods and then talks to Phillip Crabtree, inventor of the patented Cabinotch cabinet construction system, who is relaunching his company back under his own ownership again.