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16 wide driveway gates

16' wide driveway gates

Gates to span the entire driveway. 16' wide, 6'6" high and 3" thick. It was actually harder to make these out of PT than another domestic wood just because of the warpage in Big Box lumber.  The...

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Re: CNC-Manufactured Framing Replaces Site-Built Custom Dormers

Whew. Just got back from being out of town installing a new kitchen. It was a real pain to have to teach that young fella how to hammer out a double stainless steel sink by hand. He complained saying that we could just get one from the local box store. I guess I could have let him start on copper, but the customer wanted stainless. I looked over the top of my metal lathe where I was tooling the faucet and just shot him a withering look. Our glass blower turning the lightbulbs just laughed.

These kids. They just don't understand.

Re: CNC-Manufactured Framing Replaces Site-Built Custom Dormers

@ rwaite.
You seem to be in the minority here. Possibly because the other "master craftsmen" that feel like you do, don't like computers. Though whenever I drive by a jobsite near lunch time, every guy has a sandwich in one hand and is texting with the other. (the younger ones anyway)

Maybe that's a signal. Cell phones were out of reach financially when the technology first came about, and now they're ubiquitous. (oh, and yes, I'm anti-union. I'm anti socialism as well - it feels like you're the type to vote against a technology just because it's "unfair" to the uneducated)

I will say that I hate the throw away society we have. Plastic houses and the habit of bulldozing houses for the sole purpose of replacing them with a McMansion. However, I don't see the technology in this article doing so. This wasn't about a house made by Haliburton. This was about a framing technique that makes it cheaper and more accurate to execute a difficult framing job for some framers. There's a lot of fearmongering in your comments.

Re: CNC-Manufactured Framing Replaces Site-Built Custom Dormers

@rWaite. you sound like a Uion guy... You probably don't want tech like this since there's not a Lcal CNC Programmers 209 that can pay some union dues. Maybe that's part of the cost savings here, no union overhead to waste everyone's time through "negotiations" designed to sip money off the top.

This is a capitalist society. If the customer wants to pay half the amount for a well designed, CNC built dormer, then someone is going to supply it. You want to sell a hand made dormer at twice the cost, then you'll need to spend more time in marketing. There's plenty of people that like "hand made". Ferrari owners are some. I hear there are Italian shoes that are over $600. Suits over $5,000. We're not talking about getting rid of hand work, it's about bringing some architectural features that the avereage Joe can't afford and putting it on his house. What decade do you want to go back to? the 50's, pre computer? Maybe pre-industrial so there were more people using their hands? Luddite. Go look it up in your hand-scribed dictionary. Oh wait, I see you are putting your comments on a computer. Apparentely you're okay with some technology, just not the kind that affects your job. Maybe you're just reaching out due to a concern over your own inadequacy to keep up with the market changes. Go support your local therapist.

Re: CNC-Manufactured Framing Replaces Site-Built Custom Dormers

Neat article. I love the way technology is making things better. I remember trying to form an ellipse for a archway between 2 rooms. Tried the string method - failure. Then went online and watched several videos on other options and got it. I would have preferred to have just drawn it up in Google sketchup and then printed a template. For the trouble, I'd definitely pay these guys if I wanted something interesting. I think it's an excellent option for builders when they get a seldom used architectural element. Think about the man hours trying to figure out how to build an eyebrow dormer and you may not build another for years. I'd love to be able to say as a small builder that I could offer advanced architectural options like what is pictured above.

Rwaite: Seriously. It's just a tool. Do you make your own mullions and hand glazed windows? What poor customer can afford that? There are people at the companies that make these products. Just different people than the transient carpenter that shows up, works until he gets a paycheck then shows up high or drunk the next day. These might be geeks running the software and using CNC machines, but they're mouths to feed as well. I see this more as a way to offer the customer more. This isn't a pre-fab house company, it's a specialized company that offers some custom elements to help you offer more to your customers. Blasphemy is a poorly trained sub that runs his roofline so water runs to the house instead of away, or stacks his flashing backwards. Just because someone is poor doesn't mean he should be given a job where he can ruin someone's home.

Re: UPDATE: Ultimate Miter-Saw Stand -- And the Winner is...

I don't have a dedicated built in spot for my current stand - which is eventually what I want to build. However, of the annoying things in a tight shop is the location. Sometimes I need to cut in the middle of a long piece. My saw is 7' from a corner, so cutting a 16 footer in half requires I move the saw out enough to get past the short section of small end cabinet. It doesn't have wheels so I have to drag it. Location should always include the reminder to leave 8' on either side of a chop saw station when possible. Mine is under a window because I didn't want cabinets above it. If I was building a shop, I would have an uninterrupted wall, or place the center of the window I planned on using at least 8' 1" from the wall. It doesn't happen often, but often enough.