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Old 10-17-2019, 11:06 PM
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I'll go with the "Buy a machine and practice" option. Machine itself is just a glorified power tool, the real learning curve is proper setup and software. Like about anything else, you get out what you put into it.
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Old 10-18-2019, 12:29 AM
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I would recommend a 4 by 8 machine. There is always a project that will take more room than what you have avalible. I have a 10 foot long Camaster and did a 17 foot project once. With the larger lenght I only had to index the part one time.
If you get a 4 foot lenght you will be doing the " I should have gotten the 8 foot one" sooner or later.
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Old 10-18-2019, 02:54 PM
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Thanks for the info . I would love to do cabinets and furniture one day. So you would recommend paying the extra for the ATC ? Thatís one thing I considered but also not running a full time business with it so didnít know if it was worth the cost . Vacuum table also seems like it would be worth the cost .

If you are cutting sheet goods into boxes and it takes a few tools to do it. Get the atc. Then vacuum is a must for sheet goods.

I bought the vacuum table but did not buy the atc...
Now I'm the human tool changer, changing bits 2-3 times a sheet. It's doable, but not optimal.

I give up some speed by trying to do as few bit changes as possible per sheet. Typically I will use a 1/4 mortise compression for dados and profile cuts.
A 5mm bit for hinge mounts, shelf holes and confirmat starter holes.

If it's a lot of dados I use a 3/8-1/2 downcut as well.


On vcarve stuff you need a profile cut 1/4 downcut
flat area clearance= the biggest bit you have that will work
then your roughing ball nose and the finishing one.
So maybe 4 bit changes.
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