Chapter 6. Machining For Designers

This chapter dives deeper into computer-controlled routing fundamentals, with a basic overview that covers large-format CNC router and end mill anatomy, essential workshop accessories, and machining basics like feeds and speeds—with a focus on plywood projects.

Machining Begins with Material and Tooling

When planning a CNC project, your first question should always be: “What material do I want to cut?” All machining begins with your choice of material—every subsequent choice stems directly from the material you select.

The follow-up question is: “What cutting tool should I use?” Every material has specific tool geometries that work well, and each cutter and material pairing has an optimal range of rotational ...

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