Alpha Woodworks On Their Thermwood Cut Center

Posted by Duane Marrett on Mon, May 07, 2018

Tags: Thermwood, CNC, CNC Routers, Woodworking, 3 Axis, CNC Router, Cut Ready, Cut Center, cabinets, doors, moldings, closets, Furniture, No Programming, Testimonials, Cut Center Impressions, Easy CNC, drawer boxes, Alpha Woodworks

Thermwood's Award Winning Cut Center is an exciting alternative to traditional CNC routers - just tell the machine what you what to make and it does it...it is that simple!  No programming is required!  Also, you can operate the system as a CNC router in the traditional manner, running programs generated with virtually any CNC software.

Here we present a short video featuring a Thermwood Cut Center owner and their impressions of the machine and its capabilities.

Take a listen to Larry Crutchfield of Alpha Woodworks in Dothan, AL as he discusses their Thermwood Cut Center and what the machine is doing for their business.

Larry Crutchfield and the guys of Alpha Woodworks with their Thermwood Cut Center

Take a listen to Larry Crutchfield of Alpha Woodworks in Dothan, AL as he discusses their Thermwood Cut Center and what the machine is doing for their business.

  

Click for More Info on the Thermwood Cut Center


Below are a few more Cut Center owner impressions as well - take a listen to Tim Richardson of Timberwood Properties in Leesburg, FL, Aaron Barlow of Original Woodworking in Bluffdale, UT, Michael Bednark of Bednark Inc. in Brooklyn, NY, John Allan of Arkansas Wood Doors in Pottsville, AR and Donovan Mumma of Byrne Custom Woodworking in Lenexa, KS as they discuss their new Cut Centers and what the machine is going to do for each business. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


About The Cut Ready Cut Center

Operate as a Cut Center with NO Programming or as a Traditional CNC Router, running programs generated with virtually any CNC software.

Byrne Custom Woodworking uses their Cut Center to take on any custom project.

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Mar 08, 2018

Tags: CNC, 3 Axis, CNC Router, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Video, Testimonials, Byrne Custom Woodworking

Article republished with permission from "Technology helps underground shop take on any custom project" on www.woodworkingnetwork.com by Karl D. Forth

Byrne’s home is a former limestone mine with vast galleries and underground space. This underground world is home to dozens of businesses and is known officially as the Meritex Lenexa Executive Park.
Byrne’s home is a former limestone mine with vast galleries and underground space. This underground world is home to dozens of businesses and is known officially as the Meritex Lenexa Executive Park.

Byrne Custom Woodworking works to focus on the details customers want.

“I find that customers these days are so much more educated in the level of craftsmanship and attention to detail,” said company president Ian Byrne. “Any personal details such as carvings or other architectural elements that we can include in our projects are always so appreciated.” 

The Lenexa, Kansas, company makes custom cabinets and architectural millwork, both for residential and commercial customers.

“We do quite a lot of church projects,” Byrne said. “I am really happy that the design trends have gone back to Gothic and traditional styles. It has been quite adventurous designing and producing some of these elements with our CNC.”

Byrne has been using a Thermwood Cut Ready CNC machining center to handle the special requests from customers.

Thermwood Cut Ready CNC router has helped Byrne achieve maximum panel yield.

Ian Byrne started the business in nearby Kansas City in 1989. Fifteen years ago, he moved the company underground – to a former limestone mine with vast galleries and underground space. This underground world is home to dozens of businesses and is known officially as the Meritex Lenexa Executive Park.

The move underground came about when Byrne purchased a large panel saw that was operated by a company making laminate casegoods that planned to close. That company had a large SCMI panel saw and edgebander. The panel saw, it turned out, was too large to move out of the cave.

So Byrne moved in, and they’ve been happy in their underground space since.

The caves resemble a movie set, where it never gets too hot or too cold.  When it is bitterly cold outside, it is still warm deep in the caves.  And the lack of large temperature and humidity extremes minimizes wood changes.

“The upside is a controlled environment with regard to humidity and temperature. It is very comfortable all year round and the wood loves it,” Byrne said. “The downside is we have to transport our product for finishing to another facility.”

The finish shop is located above ground, in West Bottoms near downtown Kansas City.

Customers and markets

Most work is residential, and general manager Donovan Mumma said that some larger residential jobs are handled as a commercial job would be.

One recent job was for a large 30,000 square foot house, including large walnut closet cabinets, gun cabinets, and pecky cypress.

Mumma said that alder was very popular, and has replaced cherry in many applications.

Also, reclaimed wood continues to be popular for furniture and faux beams. Byrne gets this wood from a number of sources, including old barns.

Byrne also makes plantation shutters, using paint grade basswood and poplar.

“We built a library for a client using walnut,” Byrne said. “They insisted that the shutters in the doors and windows also be fabricated using walnut. So we made the necessary jigs and tooling and the shutter department was born.”

Other projects have included a large curved desk with flex plywood, and many altars, candle stands and other pieces for churches.

They also make their own doors and drawers in house.

“Because we do so many varied projects and styles, it is nice to have the capability to fabricate two or four custom doors for a furniture piece when needed,” Byrne said. “It is also a good way to keep your employees busy during slower times. When really busy, we will buy out the doors and drawers.”

Byrne doesn’t use melamine or particleboard as a rule, unless is it requested. The company’s primary panel product is a UV-cured plywood sheet stock with birch or maple UV coated on both sides.

“We stay in the mid- to high-end market,” Byrne said. “I saw this material as a top of the line cabinet liner. The coating is extremely durable and looks classy. It also makes the finishing process a lot easier. Columbia Forest Products is one of the manufacturers.”

Altars made by Byrne for St. Francis. Byrne said he is happy that the design trends have gone back to Gothic and traditional styles.

Maximum panel yield

The Thermwood Cut Ready CNC router has helped Byrne achieve maximum panel yield, and cuts the offal pieces in a way so they can be used again. The operator follows instructions on the Cut Ready’s screen.

Mumma said that the Cut Ready comes with a library of face frame and frameless cabinet designs already installed. Byrne could use or modify those existing designs. Mumma also uses the Aspire program for 3-D modeling.

Cut parts are labeled with a barcode that includes job and part number, and a figure showing any edgebanding required.

Then the cut pieces go directly to the edgebander or to assembly. Mumma believes that the investment in the Cut Ready may have already paid off for the company.

There was a learning curve, and Byrne did hire a CNC programmer. Mumma said the company was not completely new to CNC. They did have a point-to-point machine, and had earlier outsourced some work to an outside CNC shop.

Mumma said the quality of the cut materials is better. Blind dadoes allow a box to be put together and stay together before glue and fasteners are installed. This also saves time in assembly.

Cut Ready also allows them to make certain pieces in house that they used to outsource. “The Cut Center is dummy-proof,” Mumma said.

They were able to use the existing Cut Center library on other jobs. Mumma said that Cut Center also keeps track of tool wear on different tooling spindles after a baseline time is entered.

“Versatility comes to mind at first thought,” Byrne said of the Thermwood. “I truthfully believe we can take on any project and with the combination of our expertise and the versatility of this machine, we will be successful.”

Thermwood Cut Ready allows them to make certain pieces in house that they used to outsource.

Doors and drawers

Byrne has 20 employees, including two installers and two in the finishing shop.

Mumma said they use Cabinet Vision, and he also uses Google SketchupPro 3D modeling to visualize projects.

The door and drawer department, and another cut-out area can cut pieces on smaller machines.

The panel saw that couldn’t be moved is still in use and performs well. This is an SCMI Alfa 320 panel saw that is from about 1994. An SCMI edgebander from the same time period is also still in service. A Ritter edge sander is also used.

Dust collection is done the usual way, with metal pipes and a dust collector on the outside of the main shop area, also underground. Local schools take the sawdust to use on their own projects. 

The door and drawer department, and another cut-out area can cut pieces on smaller machines. Cabinet Vision is used in the shop.

Software and spirit

Byrne said his outlook for 2018 is good. “We have a great team of enthusiastic designers and craftsman and craftswomen. (We have) lots of work on the board and plenty of prospects in the wind.

“We have recently invested in software to integrate our technologies as one. I want to expand our procurement of sacred spaces projects. For centuries around the world, some of the most incredible craftsmanship can be found in the churches and cathedrals.

“I would like our company to be a part of that legacy!”

Ian Byrne’s creativity isn’t limited to wood. He is lead singer for The Elders, a Kansas City-based band that is planning a final year of concerts in 2018. “It’s all in the hands and the heart! I have also surrounded myself with great craftsmen and talented musicians. This has led to enjoying success in both fields.”

Most work is residential, and some larger residential jobs are handled as a commercial job would be.

At a glance

Byrne Custom Woodworking

Lenexa, Kansas

Custom cabinets and architectural millwork

Employees: 20

http://www.byrnecustomwood.com

Click for More Info on the Thermwood Cut Center 

 

10 Ways a Thermwood Cut Center Will Save You Time and Money in 2018

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, Jan 16, 2018

Tags: Thermwood, Why Purchase a Thermwood, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Save Money, 2018, Save Time

No fear with a Thermwood Cut Center- We've got this!

The Thermwood Cut Center is all about saving you time and money, using an easy to operate and sophisticated combination of software and machinery that you can feel confident in.  

We've taken the fear out of automation by combining our easy to use interface and years of experience in the industry to create a powerful tool that will allow you to focus more on your products, business, making money, and worry less about being intimidated by the technical details. Your time is money, and the Cut Center helps you save more of both.

Below, find out just what makes the Thermwood Cut Center so special and profitable:

1. Huge Product Line From Day One

The product offering on the Thermwood Cut Center is extensive, and constantly growing.  It includes cabinets, closets, furniture, doors, drawers, moldings and much more, and the sizes can easily be changed with no programming.

The Thermwood Cut Center Has a Huge Offering of Products with No Programming!

With a Cut Center, you can:

  • Make your products with little effort
  • Make your competitors products with little effort
  • Expand your current offering to other profitable products with little effort
  • Profit from an ever-expanding product line with no programming

We can also help you develop custom libraries for your specific product(s) in the size range and material you want and install them in your machine.   

2. Virtually Instant Start Up

It is likely you will be in full production with a Thermwood Cut Center in about a half a day.

A typical CNC router can take as much as six months to program and get to that point. A half a day or a half a year? There is serious cost associated with that half a year. 

Virtually Instant Start Up with a Thermwood Cut Center

With the Cut Center, it is all figured out for you, and from Day One you get:

  • No programming
  • No extensive training required
  • No tooling to figure out and buy
  • No cutting parameters to figure out 

3. Feel Confident That the Details are Taken Care Of

The Thermwood Cut Center is engineered and programmed by experts who have taken all of the worry and headaches out of the equation.  This gives you the confidence and peace of mind to focus on what is important - making money!   You can concentrate on your product (its configuration, material and dimensions), as well as marketing and growing your business. 

Feel confident that the details are taken care of with a Thermwood Cut Center

All the technical knowledge needed to make the machine work is already in place and invisible to the user - no new technical skills are necessary. You simply select what you want to make, right at the machine, and it makes it.

Running a Cut Center is much easier than a typical CNC router:

  • It manages tools for you
    • Figures out which tools to use for each job
    • Figures out proper cutting speeds
    • Tracks tool life
  • It recovers from problems easily and smoothly
    • Easily remake damaged parts by simply scanning a label
    • Recover from broken tool(s) without scrapping parts
    • Easily recut a defective sheet
  • It manages maintenance
    • It tells you when to clean filters
    • It tells you when to lubricate
    • It easily connects you to a service tech if you ever need more help 

4. Constant Updates and Additions

We are constantly adding new libraries, features and capabilities to the Award-Winning Cut Ready Cut Center.  

Now resize width and depth of corner cabinets in the Cut Center
For instance, our latest update ads:
  • Edge Banding Adjustment Ability
  • Additional Shapes and Frames
  • Dozens of new moldings and profiles
  • A Cut/Line Editor to quickly and easily create lines and arcs
  • A complete line of Vertical (Murphy) Wall Beds

5.  Also Operate As a CNC Router

 

Thermwood Cut Center Nesting Drawer Boxes

 

You can also operate the Cut Center system as a CNC router in the traditional manner, running programs generated with virtually any CNC software. 

It is simple to switch between operating as a CNC router and operating as a Cut Center to assure that all machine parameters are properly reset and that the standard Cut Center tooling is properly installed, checked and ready to run. 

6. With Other CNC Routers - Programming Required?

Other CNC Routers are not so cheap after all compared to the Thermwood Cut CenterEvery CNC router, regardless of price, has one thing in common..it must be programmed. You will need a CNC programmer.  You will also need an operator with knowledge of tooling, feed speeds and holddown.  

This programming and operating knowledge takes a lot of time and experience to master. That can be time away from running your machine and making money.   

7. Other CNC Routers - Not So Cheap After All

A typical CNC programmer will cost you more each month than the payment on a Thermwood Cut Center, which does not need CNC programs or CNC programmers.

So, even if a machine was FREE, it would still cost you more than a Thermwood Cut Center, and in a few years the Cut Center payments go away while your programmer costs most likely will go up. 

When you consider everything, a cheap router isn’t so cheap after all. In fact, some CNC router manufacturers will charge 3-5 times more for spare parts and service.

In these cases, the manufacturers plan is to double or triple their profit over 5 years through spare parts and service.  This is why the initial cost of the CNC router is cheaper.

You are going to spend the money anyway...what will you have to show for it?
  • With another direction you will need extensive training
  • With any other direction, you will spend a lot of time programming a highly limited product offering
  • With any other direction, someone will need to develop programs virtually every day (either you or someone you hire)
  • With any other direction, you will produce less each day, because it is more complicated
  • With any other direction, you will spend more and get less.

8. Buying a Cut Center vs. Buying a Typical CNC router

With a Cut Center, you don't need any extensive training, specialized knowledge or expensive employees to get started.  Everything is already set up for you to succeed.

Items you will need to learn (or hire someone who knows) to operate a typical CNC router:

  • G & M Code Programming
  • Tooling
  • Maintenance
  • Fixturing
  • Scrap Recovery
  • File Handling
  • Software(s)

9. Absolute Commitment to Your Success

Thermwood is committed to your success with the best service and support in the business!Thermwood is committed to you and your success.  We want you to love your new Cut Center, and for it to help move your business to the next level.  

We have the best service and support in the business, and help is available with a push of a button on your Cut Center.  We also have free phone, email and forum support.   In addition, we are available to help you create custom libraries for your projects to quickly get you going.   

10. Powerful Testimonials From Some Of Our Customers...

Tim Richardson of Timberwood Properties on their new Thermwood Cut Center

Tim Richardson of Timberwood Properties Quote

Timberwood Properties with their Thermwood Cut Center


Aaron Barlow of Original Woodworking on his Thermwood Cut CenterAaron Barlow - Thermwood Cut Center Quote 
Original Woodworking with their Thermwood Cut Center

Donovan Mumma of Byrne Custom Woodworking on their new Cut Ready Cut CenterDonovan Mumma of Byrne Custom Woodworking on their new Cut Ready Cut Center
Donovan Mumma From Byrne Custom Woodoworking in Lenexa, KS with Jody Wilmes from Thermwood and Byrne's New Cut Center
Michael Bednark - President of Bednark Inc. in Brooklyn, NY on his new Cut CenterMichael Bednark on the Thermwood Cut Center
Jody Wilmes of Thermwood and the guys from Bednark Inc. in Brooklyn, NY and their new Cut Center
John Allan - Thermwood Cut Center OwnerJohn Allan of Arkansas Wood Doors on his new Cut Ready Cut Center
The crew from Arkansas Wood Doors and their new Thermwood Cut Center


The Bottom Line...

Don't have extensive programming experience?  Have programming experience and want both the flexibility of a CNC router and the ease of use of a Cut Center?  Looking for a machine that will grow with your business?  Then Thermwood's Cut Ready Cut Center might just be the machine for you.

The Powerful Thermwood Cut Center - Find out More Today!

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What Owners Are Saying About the Thermwood Cut Center

Posted by Duane Marrett on Mon, Aug 07, 2017

Tags: Cut Ready, Cut Center, Testimonials, Owners

You may have heard about the Award Winning Cut Ready Cut Center from our emails and advertising, and wondered if the claims of making custom cabinets and furniture with NO programming is all "too good to be true."

Here we present videos featuring five Thermwood Cut Center owners and their impressions of the machine and its capabilities.

Take a listen to Tim Richardson of Timberwood Properties in Leesburg, FL, Aaaron Barlow of Original Woodworking in Bluffdale, UT, and Donovan Mumma of Byrne Custom Woodworking in Lenexa, KS, Michael Bednark of Bednark Inc. in Brooklyn, NY and John Allan of Arkansas Wood Doors in Pottsville, AR as they discuss their new Cut Centers and what the machine is going to do for each business.

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About The Cut Ready Cut Center

Operate as a Cut Center with NO Programming or as a Traditional CNC Router, running programs generated with virtually any CNC software.

Thermwood at AWFS 2017 - From the floor!

Posted by Duane Marrett on Fri, Jul 21, 2017

Tags: AWFS, CNC Router, smart-router, Model 45, Las Vegas, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Brent East

In the video below, Thermwood's own Brent East gives a tour of our booth #9200 during Day 2 of the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas, NV.  Featuring the award-winning Cut Ready Cut Center and the versatile Model 45 CNC router.  Take a look at what we are up to at the show!

See just how easy it is to use the Cut Center

Visit AWFS 2017 and try out the Award Winning Thermwood Cut Center

The Thermwood Cut Center will be in action during AWFS 2017.  You'll have the opportunity to see just how easy it is to run this new machine.  Just tell it what you want, and it makes it...it is that easy! 

We'll be demonstrating live during the show, and you can be part of it by helping to operate the Cut Center.  Please visit our booth (#9200) and speak to a Thermwood representative to get your hands on this exciting machine! 

Solid Wood Machining on the Thermwood Model 45Thermwood CabinetShop 45

We will also be demonstrating solid wood, plastics and aluminum utilizing a pod system and a horizontal aggregate on our Thermwood Model 45. 

The heavy-duty Model 45 is designed for a variety of functions including the machining of rotary operations when equipped with our optional C-Axis.  This expands the capability of this already useful machine to include volutes, carvings, chair parts, stair components in addition to cabinets, solid wood, millwork, phenolic, display fixtures and much more.  This high-performance three axis CNC router is available in either single or dual spindles, multiple table sizes and many other options as well.

Thermwood Model 45 Videos (including machining HDPE plastic sheets):

Thermwood Model 45 Machining Plastic Sheet (HDPE) 

See at AWFS 2017:

Both of these machines will be on display and cutting live at AWFS 2017 (July 19th-22nd) in Booth #9200 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  Make plans now to visit us and see this exciting new technology in person! 

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Timberwood Properties On Their New Thermwood Cut Center

Posted by Duane Marrett on Mon, Jul 17, 2017

Tags: Thermwood, CNC Routers, Woodworking, Cut Ready, Cut Center, No Programming, Testimonials, Cut Center Impressions, Timberwood Properties, Easy CNC

Thermwood's Award Winning Cut Center is an exciting alternative to traditional CNC routers - just tell the machine what you what to make and it does it...it is that simple!  No programming is required!  Also, you can operate the system as a CNC router in the traditional manner, running programs generated with virtually any CNC software.

Here we present a short video featuring a new Thermwood Cut Center owner and their impressions of the machine and its capabilities.

Tim Richardson and the guys of Timberwood Properties with their new Thermwood Cut Center

Take a listen to Tim Richardson of Timberwood Properties in Leesburg, FL as he discusses their new Cut Center and what the machine is doing for their business.

Click for More Info on the Thermwood Cut Center


Below are a few more Cut Center owner impressions as well - take a listen to Aaron Barlow of Original Woodworking in Bluffdale, UT, Michael Bednark of Bednark Inc. in Brooklyn, NY, John Allan of Arkansas Wood Doors in Pottsville, AR and Donovan Mumma of Byrne Custom Woodworking in Lenexa, KS as they discuss their new Cut Centers and what the machine is going to do for each business.



About The Cut Ready Cut Center

Operate as a Cut Center with NO Programming or as a Traditional CNC Router, running programs generated with virtually any CNC software.

10 Reasons Why a Thermwood Cut Center Will Save You Time and $$$

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, May 16, 2017

Tags: Thermwood, Why Purchase a Thermwood, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Save Money

No fear with a Thermwood Cut Center- We've got this!

The Thermwood Cut Center is all about saving you time and money, using an easy to operate and sophisticated combination of software and machinery that you can feel confident in.  

We've taken the fear out of automation by combining our easy to use interface and years of experience in the industry to create a powerful tool that will allow you to focus more on your products, business, making money, and worry less about being intimidated by the technical details.  Your time is money, and the Cut Center helps you save more of both.

Below, find out just what makes the Thermwood Cut Center so special and profitable:

1. Huge Product Line From Day One

The product offering on the Thermwood Cut Center is extensive, and constantly growing.  It includes cabinets, closets, furniture, doors, drawers, moldings and much more, and the sizes can easily be changed with no programming.The Thermwood Cut Center Has a Huge Offering of Products with No Programming!

With a Cut Center, you can:

  • Make your products with little effort
  • Make your competitors products with little effort
  • Expand your current offering to other profitable products with little effort
  • Profit from an ever-expanding product line with no programming

We can also help you develop custom libraries for your specific product(s) in the size range and material you want and install them in your machine.   

2. Virtually Instant Start Up

It is likely you will be in full production with a Thermwood Cut Center in about a half a day.

A typical CNC router can take as much as six months to program and get to that point. A half a day or a half a year? There is serious cost associated with that half a year. 

Virtually Instant Start Up with a Thermwood Cut Center

With the Cut Center, it is all figured out for you, and from Day One you get:

  • No programming
  • No extensive training required
  • No tooling to figure out and buy
  • No cutting parameters to figure out 

3. Feel Confident That the Details are Taken Care Of

The Thermwood Cut Center is engineered and programmed by experts who have taken all of the worry and headaches out of the equation.  This gives you the confidence and peace of mind to focus on what is important - making money!   You can concentrate on your product (its configuration, material and dimensions), as well as marketing and growing your business. 

Feel confident that the details are taken care of with a Thermwood Cut Center

All the technical knowledge needed to make the machine work is already in place and invisible to the user - no new technical skills are necessary. You simply select what you want to make, right at the machine, and it makes it.

Running a Cut Center is much easier than a typical CNC router:

  • It manages tools for you
    • Figures out which tools to use for each job
    • Figures out proper cutting speeds
    • Tracks tool life
  • It recovers from problems easily and smoothly
    • Easily remake damaged parts by simply scanning a label
    • Recover from broken tool(s) without scrapping parts
    • Easily recut a defective sheet
  • It manages maintenance
    • It tells you when to clean filters
    • It tells you when to lubricate
    • It easily connects you to a service tech if you ever need more help 

4. Constant Updates and Additions

We are constantly adding new libraries, features and capabilities to the Award-Winning Cut Ready Cut Center.  

Now resize width and depth of corner cabinets in the Cut Center
For instance, our latest update ads:
  • Resize width/depth on corner cabinets
  • Turn air assist on or off
  • More efficient run screen interface
  • Ability to save Shapes jobs
  • Ability to manually check for updates
  • Variety of boxes added to Cut Center library

5.  Also Operate As a CNC Router

Thermwood Cut Center Nesting Drawer Boxes

You can also operate the Cut Center system as a CNC router in the traditional manner, running programs generated with virtually any CNC software. 

It is simple to switch between operating as a CNC router and operating as a Cut Center to assure that all machine parameters are properly reset and that the standard Cut Center tooling is properly installed, checked and ready to run. 

6. With Other CNC Routers - Programming Required?

Other CNC Routers are not so cheap after all compared to the Thermwood Cut CenterEvery CNC router, regardless of price, has one thing in common..it must be programmed. You will need a CNC programmer.  You will also need an operator with knowledge of tooling, feed speeds and holddown.  

This programming and operating knowledge takes a lot of time and experience to master. That can be time away from running your machine and making money.   

7. Other CNC Routers - Not So Cheap After All

A typical CNC programmer will cost you more each month than the payment on a Thermwood Cut Center, which does not need CNC programs or CNC programmers.

So, even if a machine was FREE, it would still cost you more than a Thermwood Cut Center, and in a few years the Cut Center payments go away while your programmer costs most likely will go up. 

When you consider everything, a cheap router isn’t so cheap after all. In fact, some CNC router manufacturers will charge 3-5 times more for spare parts and service.

In these cases, the manufacturers plan is to double or triple their profit over 5 years through spare parts and service.  This is why the initial cost of the CNC router is cheaper.

You are going to spend the money anyway...what will you have to show for it?
  • With another direction you will need extensive training
  • With any other direction, you will spend a lot of time programming a highly limited product offering
  • With any other direction, someone will need to develop programs virtually every day (either you or someone you hire)
  • With any other direction, you will produce less each day, because it is more complicated
  • With any other direction, you will spend more and get less.

8. Buying a Cut Center vs. Buying a Typical CNC router

With a Cut Center, you don't need any extensive training, specialized knowledge or expensive employees to get started.  Everything is already set up for you to succeed.

Items you will need to learn (or hire someone who knows) to operate a typical CNC router:

  • G & M Code Programming
  • Tooling
  • Maintenance
  • Fixturing
  • Scrap Recovery
  • File Handling
  • Software(s)

9. Absolute Commitment to Your Success

Thermwood is committed to your success with the best service and support in the business!Thermwood is committed to you and your success.  We want you to love your new Cut Center, and for it to help move your business to the next level.  

We have the best service and support in the business, and help is available with a push of a button on your Cut Center.  We also have free phone, email and forum support.   In addition, we are available to help you create custom libraries for your projects to quickly get you going.   

10. Powerful Testimonials From Our Customers...

Aaron Barlow - Thermwood Cut Center Quote

Original Woodworking with their Thermwood Cut Center

Donovan Mumma of Byrne Custom Woodworking on their new Cut Ready Cut Center
Donovan Mumma From Byrne Custom Woodoworking in Lenexa, KS with Jody Wilmes from Thermwood and Byrne's New Cut Center
Michael Bednark on the Thermwood Cut Center
Jody Wilmes of Thermwood and the guys from Bednark Inc. in Brooklyn, NY and their new Cut Center
John Allan of Arkansas Wood Doors on his new Cut Ready Cut Center
The crew from Arkansas Wood Doors and their new Thermwood Cut Center

The Bottom Line...

Don't have extensive programming experience?  Have programming experience and want both the flexibility of a CNC router and the ease of use of a Cut Center?  Looking for a machine that will grow with your business?  Then Thermwood's Cut Ready Cut Center might just be the machine for you.

The Powerful Thermwood Cut Center - Find out More Today!

Click for More Info on the Thermwood Cut Center

Latest Cut Center Update Adds Resizing Corner Cabinets and Much More

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, May 09, 2017

Tags: Thermwood, software update, Announcements, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Updated Features, News, Cut Center Updates

Latest Update Summary

Thermwood Cut Center Update

We are constantly adding new features and abilities to the Award-Winning Cut Ready Cut Center.  

Included in this update are suggestions/recommendations from current users, along with several updates features. 

 

Resize Width/Depth on Corner Cabinets

We now offer the ability to resize the width and depth of Corner Cabinets.  This works for both the Cut Center's standard Frameless and Face Frame cabinets.  When you enter in different values, the software will show you the front opening dimensions.

Thermwood Cut Center now adds the ability to resize corner cabinets

Thermwood Cut Center now adds the ability to resize corner cabinets

Now Turn Air Assist On/Off

Air Assist helps with locating sheets of plywood onto the table by creating a “pillow” of air underneath the material (this works very much like an air hockey table).  However, this requires a vast amount of air, which could potentially affect other machinery in your factory.  We’ve added the ability to turn this Cut Center feature Off if needed.

Thermwood Cut Center now adds the ability to turn air assist on or off manually

New Run Screen Interface

We have also redesigned the Run Screen which gives Cut Ready a sleek, cleaner look while running your jobs. 
Bonus:  We’ve also added more information to this screen such as:

  • Total Job Time
  • Current Sheet Time (a widely user-requested feature) 
Thermwood Cut Center now adds a more informative run screen interface

Save Shapes Jobs

Another user request is the ability to save "Shapes" jobs.  Prior to this update, there was no way to re-run a previously entered "Shape" job.  We've now added this ability.

Thermwood Cut Center now adds the ability to save Shapes jobs

Manually Check for Updates

Much like your smartphone, Cut Ready always notifies you when there is an update available (free for the life of the machine.)  Updates usually include new/better functionality and additional content for you to make.  Cut Ready automatically checks for updates approximately every six hours, and now you can manually check yourself whenever you want - from the About section.

Thermwood Cut Center now adds the ability to manually check for updates

Boxes Added to Cut Ready Library

Of all the things Cut Ready offers, we missed a simple one.  Boxes.  Offered in a variety of construction methods, we now offer boxes, stackable boxes, boxes with handles, cubes, vertical or horizontal grain, etc. for you to make.
Thermwood Cut Center now adds a variety of boxes to the Cut Ready library

Patches/Fixes

Thermwood Cut Center Patches/FixesCertain circumstances can cause ANY software to malfunction.  In addition to adding more benefits to you, we also try to identify any issues and address them asap.  Below are the latest patches/fixes with this update: 

  • Fixed - Blind Dado Undermount Drawer Boxes were calculating the back capture hole incorrectly when choosing them from the “For Something Else” selection. 
  • Fixed – When using Off-Fall for a Job, the Sheets page displayed an incorrect number of Off-Fall / Added Sheets. 

Suggestions Wanted

Do you have a great design idea? Want to see something added to Cut Ready? Let us know! We are always looking to improve the functionality and ease of Cut Ready, so we appreciate all user feedback.

About the Cut Center 

Thermwood Cut Center Nesting Drawer Boxes 

The Thermwood Cut Ready Cut Center is an exciting alternative to traditional CNC routers for making a wide variety of products including cabinets, closets, furniture, doors, drawers and much more.  Just tell the machine what you what to make and it does it...it is that simple!  NO programming is required. 

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Thermwood Cut Center Helps Arkansas Wood Doors Expand Into RTA Cabinets

Posted by Duane Marrett on Fri, May 05, 2017

Tags: Thermwood, CNC Routers, Woodworking, Cut Ready, Cut Center, No Programming, Arkansas Wood Doors, Testimonials, Cut Center Impressions, RTA Cabinets

Thermwood Cut Center machining MDF Doors at Arkansas Wood Doors(Note: reprinted from Woodworking Network).

Arkansas Wood Doors, a maker of cabinet doors, has expanded its CNC capability to offer a complete RTA cabinet system.

“A trend has been taking place among many small- to medium-sized cabinet shops, especially those shops without CNC equipment, and that is to compare the fixed price of our cabinet box to their best estimate of what it actually cost them to manufacture a similar box on their shop floor,” said John Allan of Arkansas Wood Doors.

Allan said in many cases this change is from a new generation that has been working on the shop floor and is now beginning to take on more responsibility in the overall management of the business.

AWD’s first RTA cabinet system was actually designed and introduced in 2000 and was offered for about two years.

“At the time it was very difficult to generate much interest in the system, although we were successful with builders,” Allan said. “In 2015 I began the process of updating our original Stonehenge Cabinet program and my first priority was updating our CNC equipment.

John Allan - Arkansas Wood Doors - Thermwood Cut Center Quote 

After reviewing the many CNC router options available, I decided that Thermwood offered the best machine to build our new cabinet program around, their Cut Ready Cut Center.”    

The Thermwood Cut Ready Cut Center is designed to be an alternative to traditional CNC routers for making cabinets, closets, furniture, doors and drawers. It can be operated as a traditional CNC router, running programs generated by Thermwood Cut Centerdifferent types of CNC software, or it can be switched between operating as a CNC router and operating as a Cut Center.

“We see an opportunity in the custom cabinet market to increase the overall value of our door sales via offering the custom cabinet components with the software and equipment that we have invested in,” Allan said. “Offering a pre-finish option to both our door and cabinet orders has also increased the overall value to more jobs as customers get more comfortable with receiving a pre-finished product. 

John Allan and the crew at Arkansas Wood Doors with their Thermwood Cut Center

“Our Stonehenge Cabinets cabinet program was designed by my daughter, Christina Allan, and is manufactured here at AWD in Pottsville, Arkansas. Christina is able to draw from her degree as an interior designer, the experience of using KCD software, and the knowledge of how our manufacturing process can yield a complete package for our customers.”

Arkansas Wood Doors partnered with KCD to put AWD’s door abilities into their software, and AWD worked with KCD on their most recent Version 10 software. When a cabinet shop uses KCD and they order doors out they can choose that option in KCD. It converts into AWD’s profiles and the order will come to AWD from KCD. The customer is also able to send their cabinet order from KCD to AWD.

Allan said KCD is the one he would choose, even if they didn’t have that relationship. AWD rents KCD’s door program with an option to buy, instead of spending $10,000 at another company and finding the software program really isn’t what they want.

Making veneer raised panel

AWD makes veneer raised panel doors with a ½-inch MDF core and then wood veneer is applied to both sides with two membrane presses, a Shaw Almex press and the most recent press that was custom made in Kansas by Schuetz Tool.

Use of this style of raised panel compared to traditional solid wood raised panel offers many advantages, most importantly a substantial cost savings.

“More than 90 percent of our raised panel doors are manufactured with a veneer raised panel,” Allan said. “AWD also supplies veneer raised panels to companies that make their own doors or millwork companies where solid wood options are not practical. All of the MDF veneer raised panels are machined on the Thermwood Cut Center.”  

In addition to wood doors, AWD also offers thermo-foil (RTF) style doors and slab style doors with option of veneer, melamine, and the new textured wood grain materials with matching edge band.

Allan said that Adams Face and Veneer supplies veneer in stock sizes and custom sizes for larger jobs. AWD can also cut veneer to size on site.

When pressing veneer on to a raised panel, Allan said the main secret is to use a specific glue, and that glue has to reach 200F. As long as you get to that temperature, it will not delaminate, the veneer will not separate from the substrate. “There are a lot of little nuances, but once you get them right, you don’t change the process,” he said.

Wood shop

Cabinet door frames can be most any wood species including several options for paint grade doors. Ripped lumber goes through a Leadermac 623 Platinum moulder, which is creating the profiles. Boards are then fed through an Omga GT 2005 OPT cutoff saw and optimizer that cuts pieces of clean lumber.

Later, two PMK tenoners cut mortise and tenon joints in wood parts, and a Balestrini CNC miter machine is used for miter joints. A Voorwood A125 shaper-sander is applying the profile and then sanding it. A Timesavers 2300 widebelt sander is sanding wood parts. Door parts are then assembled, and a Door Master clamp carrier is used.

A Felder G360 edgebander is being used to edgeband cabinet parts. AWD is finishing about 10 percent of doors and 50 percent of cabinets, but this percentage is growing. They use M.L. Campbell finishing products and can match custom colors.

Allan said that paint-grade shaker is the most common door style. During a recent visit they were doing four different shades of white.

“I think the paint grade is here for a while,” he said. “It’s a lot easier to deal with. It’s less costly. The only lumber we have to use is on the frame with most panels being MDF as requested by the customer. The MDF sheet goods, without veneer, are easy to process.”

In those cases, they are painting the MDF core and the wood frame. All cabinet components and doors are shipped out flat packed, including cabinet doors, closets, wall storage, drawer boxes, louvered doors, and thermofoiled doors. Many customers still want face frame cabinets, even when shown the advantages of frameless.

“Our core customer is still the custom cabinet shop but over the past several years we have seen an increase in companies that specialize in cabinet reface/remodeling, and contractors looking to buy direct from a manufacturer. 

“I am seeing the traditional cabinet shop that we have been supplying since our start in 1977, and with the new generation taking over the operation, the younger generation is more acceptable to outsourcing more than just doors,” Allan said.

“This new generation is also seeking to place these orders with companies that offer online order service, and with our partnership with KCD software, they are able to order cabinets or doors directly from the KCD.”        

“AWD is not a custom cabinet shop, as we do not offer the onsite services of measuring or the installation of cabinets. I see AWD as a custom manufacturing company that is accessible to any custom cabinet shop regardless of their location in North America.”

See http://www.arkansaswooddoors.com.

Thermwood Cut Center at Arkansas Wood Doors

AWD makes veneer raised panel doors with a ½-inch MDF core and then wood veneer is applied to both sides, right, with two membrane presses. The Cut Center can be operated as a traditional CNC router, running programs generated by different types of CNC software.

RTA Cabinets from Arkansas Wood Doors - created on a Thermwood Cut Center

Arkansas Wood Doors has expanded its CNC capability to offer a complete RTA cabinet system.

Boards are fed through an Omga GT 2005 OPT cutoff saw and optimizer that cuts pieces of clean lumber.

Boards are fed through an Omga GT 2005 OPT cutoff saw and optimizer that cuts pieces of clean lumber.

A Felder G360 edgebander is being used to edgeband cabinet parts.

A Felder G360 edgebander is being used to edgeband cabinet parts.  

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Below are a few more Cut Center owner impressions as well - take a listen to Michael Bednark of Bednark Inc. in Brooklyn, NY, John Allan of Arkansas Wood Doors in Pottsville, AR and Donovan Mumma of Byrne Custom Woodworking in Lenexa, KS as they discuss their new Cut Centers and what the machine is going to do for each business.



About The Cut Ready Cut Center

Operate as a Cut Center with NO Programming or as a Traditional CNC Router, running programs generated with virtually any CNC software.

Original Woodworking On Their New Thermwood Cut Center

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Mar 30, 2017

Tags: Thermwood, CNC Routers, Woodworking, Cut Ready, Cut Center, No Programming, Testimonials, Original Woodworking, Cut Center Impressions

Thermwood's Award Winning Cut Center is an exciting alternative to traditional CNC routers - just tell the machine what you what to make and it does it...it is that simple!  No programming is required!  Also, you can operate the system as a CNC router in the traditional manner, running programs generated with virtually any CNC software.

Here we present a short video featuring a new Thermwood Cut Center owner and his impressions of the machine and its capabilities.

Take a listen to Aaron Barlow of Original Woodworking in Bluffdale, UT as he discusses his new Cut Center and what the machine is going to do for his business.

Aaron Barlow and the guys of Original Woodworking with their new Thermwood Cut Center

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Below are a few more Cut Center owner impressions as well - take a listen to Michael Bednark of Bednark Inc. in Brooklyn, NY, John Allan of Arkansas Wood Doors in Pottsville, AR and Donovan Mumma of Byrne Custom Woodworking in Lenexa, KS as they discuss their new Cut Centers and what the machine is going to do for each business.



About The Cut Ready Cut Center

Operate as a Cut Center with NO Programming or as a Traditional CNC Router, running programs generated with virtually any CNC software.