Woodworking is much more than simply cutting large boards into smaller ones, and assembling those boards to make something that is useful. Both done as a hobby and a career, woodworking is an art. The more time you spend on woodworking, the more skills you will develop over time. If you are someone who is skilled and passionate about woodworking, you may have considered building your own wood shop. Or, maybe you have already started one. Whether you have your own shop yet or not, it is beneficial to be aware of equipment that makes woodworking much more convenient. Below are some types of equipment that will make your woodworking experience much more fulfilling.
A CNC router is an automated cutting solution that increases the productivity of woodworking processes while increasing the overall quality of the finished product. CNC routers allow for wood to be cut with incredible accuracy, at a very high rate of speed. With CNC machines, you can produce multiple identical pieces, in addition to producing one-off pieces that comply perfectly to programming coordinates. With this type of equipment in your shop, you can quickly execute sophisticated designs that cannot be done with manual machines, like palm routers. The accuracy offered by a CNC router not only saves you money by reducing waste pieces but will bring many noticeable benefits to your shop.
Dust Collecting System
Of course, working with wood is going to create a lot of dust in your shop. Back in 2002, wood dust officially was declared an official health risk, and it was placed on the list of known carcinogens by the government. It was linked to causing cancer in the lungs, throat, and even the nose. Many people who work in a wood shop will clean up sawdust and other wood particles with a shop-vac. While this is better than nothing, cleaning up sawdust with a shop vac is not only time consuming, but rarely effective in collecting dust on any stationary power tool. However, having a dust collection system in your shop will help collect dust from a diffuse source, like near an arm saw or under a table saw. Dust collectors also are more effective when it comes to holding wood chips and sawdust. Installing a dust collection system will keep the air and equipment in your shop cleaner and safer for those who work inside it.
Air compressors can be very essential when it comes to woodworking. A compressor will not only power multiple tools, like nail guns, spray guns, and some types of sanders, but they can also be a good way to blow dust off equipment and into a dust system. Air compressors come in different sizes, however, if you have a big woodworking shop with tools that require air to operate, you may want to consider installing a large-capacity compressor.
A wood planer will make a woodworking project much easier to build and finish. All experienced woodworkers know that a finished piece will only be as good as the wood that goes into it, and it’s safe to say that all workers have encountered pieces that are twisted, uneven, bowed, or cupped. These wood defects make it harder for a piece to look its absolute best. Planers are able to smooth board faces, shaving them down until they are parallel. Planers can be handy when it comes to making doors, panels, and other quality cabinetry pieces.
While these pieces of equipment are beneficial to most woodworking shops, most will generally require three-phase power instead of single-phase power. Purchasing a phase converter will allow the equipment in your wood shop to operate on three-phase power when one single-phase power source is available.With Remco rotary phase converters, you can save money by not needing the installation of a three-phase power source. To learn more about Remco phase converters, check out our website or contact us!