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Old 07-14-2017, 08:06 PM
duvydinho duvydinho is offline
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Default Classes That Would Be Helpful

So I bought a Stinger to get into the business of CNC Routing, but I will also be going back to school for 3-4 semesters using my GI Bill. This will enable me to
pay for my housing and school while I work on getting the CNC portion off the ground the next year or two.

For those who have done this a while, what classes do you think would have been of great help to you in regard to CNC? I would like to make more artful signage or products, not particularly cabinets or other larger production items.

I have thought Art classes may help with drawing and concepts, possibly graphic design, and some business/entrepreneur classes may help with the business aspect.
Most of the CAD programs in my area focus on machinist type work, and I'll be using Vectric and Adobe to it didn't seem to be the right fit.
All the carpentry classes seem focused on construction work, not woodworking and finishing type stuff.
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Old 07-14-2017, 10:06 PM
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If you are looking to learn the art of carved signage. You should look into taking a class with Rodger MacMunn, he is a member on this board. What you will learn in his class you couldn't learn in several years on your own. Let alone the mistakes and cost of wasted material!

I know he is offering some more classes this fall. I have taken one of his classes and will be returning for my second one this year. It was an amazing learning experience. Rodger will share years of experience, trade secrets, tips and a lot of laughter. He is one of very few craftsman left in the sign trade.

PS, you will love your Stinger!

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Old 07-14-2017, 10:36 PM
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Don't dismiss CAD classes. Routing on a Stinger is "machinist type work". The more CAD you learn the better.

Pick up Flexner's "Understanding Wood Finishing". Tons of knowledge continaed in that book.
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Old 07-15-2017, 12:41 PM
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Michael Mezalick Michael Mezalick is offline
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Let's not forget about CNC Seminars

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Old 07-16-2017, 02:29 AM
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There are many directions you can go with your CNC for example Signage, Prototype, 3D, Instrument making, Furniture making and even coffins etc .... I would first narrow it down to what you want to to, we have very proficient member of the above topics.
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Old 07-16-2017, 05:54 PM
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Awesome thank you all for the replies. Michael, thank you for the link. It seems you are doing very similar types of work that I am looking to get knowledge and training on! Hopefully I can plan it out to get to the course in Florida in September, if it wouldn't be too much for a newbie to attend.
I want to make some signage, architectural pieces, some electric guitars just for personal use..the main things I'd like to make would be more aesthetic than purely functional if that narrows it down at all.
I'm big into music and art, so I thought a good option would be to go to some music festivals and sell some smaller items. And then spend other time selling locally doing architectural pieces like corbels or nice windows or doors.
At this point I'm limited somewhat by the size of the Machine (2x3) until I can get more space and money for the bigger one. I didn't want to overstretch myself not having an idea of the markets and what I'd be making, or before I developed some skills to do the projects I want to take on.

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