When many cabinet shops first open, they make their cabinets by hand, using typical woodworking equipment like table saws and miters. This approach does work, and it's how most cabinets have been made for decades. However, more and more companies are turning to an alternative: CNC (computer numerical control) machines. These computerized machines can be programmed to automatically cut out cabinet parts and pieces. So, why might you want to change approaches and start using a CNC for machining your cabinets? Here are a few advantages.
You can make MDF and HDF cabinets.
Medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and high-density fiberboard (HDF) have a lot of advantages as cabinet materials. They are affordable, durable, and more resistant to moisture retention than natural wood. However, they are hard to cut by hand. CNC machines can easily be tooled and programmed to work with these materials. If you start producing your cabinets with a CNC machine, you can begin offering customers the option of MDF and HDF cabinets.
You can hire less skilled workers.
Milling cabinet pieces and parts by hand takes some carpentry skills that people do not just learn and pick up overnight. It can be hard to find staff to do these jobs, and training staff may take a lot of time. Running a CNC machine, on the other hand, is much easier. One has to learn how to program the machine and what buttons to push for what options, but there are fewer hands-on skills required. You'll have an easier time finding and training employees once you switch to making most of your cabinets on the CNC machine.
These machines usually come with a maintenance contract.
Are you tired of always having to maintain and care for your woodworking equipment? Between changing blades and emptying dust collectors, it can be a lot. Most CNC machines come with a maintenance agreement. In other words, the company that sells the machines will send someone out once a month or on some other schedule to service the machine. You won't have to worry about cleaning, making repairs, and so forth. Often, this maintenance plan is included in the sale, although some companies may have you purchase it separately. It is almost always worth buying.
If your cabinet shop is ready for an upgrade, consider buying a CNC machine. These machines are versatile, easy to use, and they're often maintained by the company that sells them.
Contact a local CNC machine shop to learn more.
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