Open Shop

We held our Annual Open Shop last Thursday, celebrating 35 years of business in our community. In addition to expressing our appreciation to all the customers, contractors, architects and designers we’ve worked with in the last year, we also had a few things to show off. We showcased an enormous wine refrigerator, the tallest cabinet we’ve ever built, as well as a custom kitchen table, built to last a lifetime. The highlight of the evening was our live demo of RivBot, our shop-made CNC, who created illustrations for everyone with a sharpie pen.

Thank you everyone who came out and made this night a success! Here’s our time-lapse recording of the evening’s celebrations.

Introducing RivBot

We love CNC machines, so much so that we built our own. RivBot (as we’ve come to call him) is a 3-axis CNC wood router – or, in simpler terms, is like a printer that cuts wood.

This project started late last year, when I discovered the book Build Your Own CNC Machine by Patrick Hood-Daniel, and learned of a community of hobbyists who use simple materials and affordable electronics to build do-it-yourself CNC machines. Before long we’d constructed our very own, and on Sept. 10th, 2010 RivBot spoke his first words: Hello World!. It took us a bit of time to configure our new tool, but by December we’d learned how to properly control our wily young robot (Hello World! 2).

RivBot is our first introduction to the exciting world of numerical control, and bridges the gap from virtual desktop to physical workshop. This new tool expands our current skillset to include intricate cutouts, complex designs, and even 3D profiling. We’re still discovering for ourselves the possibilities and applications that an automated tool offers. We’ll be posting more reports and project photos as we continue to explore new techniques in 21st Century woodworking.

Stop by our Open Shop (Feb. 3rd, 5-7pm) for a personal introduction and live demonstration!

New Sign

We just mounted a new sign in our front window. Looks pretty sharp if I do say so myself! I redrew our company graphic in AutoCAD, all clean and perfectly scaled, then sent it to our sign-maker in DXF file format.

Behind the Scenes

Here’s a photoset of the weekend film crew shooting our contest video for the Weeke Vantech CNC Router Contest by Stiles Machinery. We pulled out all the stops and dressed in costumes, made props, applied makeup – Nandi even performed a stunt! We all had a great time making this Chalin-esque silent film. Check out the finished piece on our YouTube Channel.

UPDATE: Our video is one of the Top 10 finalists! A big thanks to everyone who “Liked” our video.

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