Within woodwork there are a range of different types of machines and tools. For beginners to the industry or hobby, this can be overwhelming. There are a lot of choices when it comes to starting a woodwork project and finding the right tools and equipment. Here, Calderbrook Woodworking Machinery have created this guide to the different types of woodworking machines on the market. This will help you to understand the differences between each machine and choose the right one for your project.
A CNC router is a cutting machine which is computer controlled. A CNC router can combine a number of tasks of other carpentry machinery such as panel saws, spindle moulders and the boring machine. This is a great addition to a wood workshop and can be used for multiple operations such as drilling, routine, sawing using precise computer numerical control through a computer interface. This tool is often used by woodworkers to create products such as wooden frames, furniture, and wooden panels. Thanks to the technology within the computer using a CNC router in your woodwork project allows for greater cut quality and higher levels of productivity within your workshop.
As one of the many types of saws, a band saw is a versatile power saw which offers the capability of cutting curves, making deep cuts, cutting irregular shapes and minimises waste. This type of saw is a popular choice for many wood workshops, considered essential by many carpenters who need to make irregular cuts often.
Wood sanders are a common tool found within carpentry workshops. Used to smoothen the surface of wood they are vital in creating high-quality products. General sanders can also be sued across other materials such as metals, alloys, and plastics. An edge sander is slightly different, as this can be used for curved and round material.
Dust extraction machinery
Although this is not a machine you would be using to complete your project, it is vital in any busy workshop. Dust extraction is important in maintaining a safe workshop and minimising the risk of fire. All woodwork machinery is likely to create dust which can soon build up in the air and on the floor of your workshop. A dust extraction machine can be purchased as an additional extra to your workshop to ensure waste is collected from your woodwork machinery.
Beam saws have large blades and can be used to cut different sized logs into beams. Great for cutting sheet materials to size, including chipboard, MDF, or laminated boards. Modern beam saws have been designed to allow carpenters to gain maximum yields from the materials and they are considered one of the most cost-effective solutions to panel cutting.
Panel saws are a type of saw able to cut sheets into sized parts. These can be purchased both as a vertical saw or horizontal saw. Often vertical panel saws are also known as wall saws. Many opt for a wall saw because the machine can be positioned right up against a wall, providing a space saving solution for smaller workshops. Panel saws are great as they are able to cut all kinds of materials including, plywood, plastics, and acrylic sheets. You will find these are a popular machine within industrial wood workshops.