Need help finding a "specialist".

Reply

  #1  
Old 03-30-10, 07:34 PM
S
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 117
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Need help finding a "specialist".

I have an Illustrator (vector art) file that I made which lays out a pattern on a circular tabletop about 4 1/2' in diameter. I need to find a place that has a CNC woodcutting machine capable of turning my project into reality. So far I've been highly unsuccessful in finding any place that can do this. All of the carpentry/woodworking places I've found in the yellow pages are more traditional, and every Google attempt I try gives me companies that manufacture or sell CNC machines.

Anyone have any ideas?
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 03-30-10, 10:38 PM
wsaend's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Mesilla, NM
Posts: 103
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
I have family that lives is New Brunswick but I have no idea about any CNC companies. You really want to look for a sawmill or cabinetry shop. Maybe a trade school. You can make a round table on a table saw or band saw. There is a place i found in Long Valley, Woodman's. Not sure how far that is from you but you give them a call and see if they have any idea.
 
  #3  
Old 03-31-10, 03:52 AM
B
Member
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: New England
Posts: 10,513
Received 37 Votes on 34 Posts
Hi sgodun,
I used a CNC operation that worked on Plexiglas which would be very similar. If you are making just one, the $500 set up charge is a bit high, but that varies with the complexity. Basically small runs aren't very cost effective. A run of one, they would probably not be interested. If you are setting up to mfg and sell this, then the first few hundred will pay for the set up and initial costs and you can get into the volume pricing.

Just a thought for you. Have you seen that guy who paints on streets and such and simulates 3D. They are flat, but to look at them you would sware they are holes in the ground. I have an e-mail someone sent me about pot holes in Canada. They are fake, just a flat mat the traffic control people put out to slow down traffic, really looks like an axle buster. It would be very unique if you could convert your design to something that looked 3D but was actually flat, plus a lot easier to reproduce .

Bud
 
  #4  
Old 03-31-10, 10:01 AM
wsaend's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Mesilla, NM
Posts: 103
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Wow I really missed read that one, That's what I get for drinking New Mexican wine. Cheers!
 
  #5  
Old 03-31-10, 04:26 PM
D
Member
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 4,946
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
There are definitely places in NJ that will do what you are looking for. The $500 setup fee sounds a bit outrageous to me. I'm sure you could find a place that doesn't charge something like that. The 4 1/2' diameter will make things a bit more challenging because most shops are going to be working with 4' x 8' sheets. To step up to a machine that handles something wider costs a lot more.

http://www.ecabinetsystems.com/eCabi...ateNJ?OpenPage

I don't know if those places are still open for business. Also try Premier Woodworking in Brick. I know they have a small CNC setup, but I don't know if they can do 4 1/2'.

Why are you demanding that it be made with a CNC machine?
 
  #6  
Old 03-31-10, 04:32 PM
D
Member
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 4,946
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Woodworkers Directory - CNC Services:General

I saw a couple links there of places in NJ that still have websites running.

Dig around on woodweb.com to see if you can find anything there. Perhaps a post into their forum will yield some results.
 
  #7  
Old 03-31-10, 04:47 PM
B
Member
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: New England
Posts: 10,513
Received 37 Votes on 34 Posts
The set up charges are primarily the programming of your design. It might be possible for you to do that for them, ie put your plan in their format. Mine was years ago when computers were not so powerful and my project was just a sketch, so they had to do all of the work.

If you can't find it in jersey, it probably doesn't exist.

Bud
 
  #8  
Old 04-02-10, 03:34 PM
S
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 117
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Thanks for all the tips, all. I'll take a look and report back when I've gotten something concrete.

To address some questions:

This is a custom one-off project, not something I intend to sell. (Though I'm also blogging about it and if there's enough interest, who knows?) It needs to be CNC machined because of the relative complexity of the design. Without getting into too many details, it's sort of an "interactive play table" that has several games inside of it. It will be the centerpiece of the playroom I'm building for my daughter.

I can rescale the project to accommodate a 4' table. I didn't think of that limitation, obviously.
 
  #9  
Old 04-03-10, 09:40 PM
wsaend's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Mesilla, NM
Posts: 103
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Well it sounds interesting, let us know.

These guys might be able to help but they are in PA. They may know someone in NJ

Web Site for Wilke
 

Last edited by wsaend; 04-03-10 at 09:57 PM.
  #10  
Old 04-04-10, 05:04 AM
D
Member
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 4,946
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by sgodun View Post
T
I can rescale the project to accommodate a 4' table. I didn't think of that limitation, obviously.
Depending on your design, you may be able to put a seem in it somewhere.
 
Reply
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: