CNC Joinery with Will Lerums August 31 - September 4, 2020


$825 tuition + $50 materials

Key Points:
*Introduction to elements
*Considerations of traditional and digital woodworking joints
*Utilizing CAD/CAM software to develop drawings and produce G-Code
*Learn how to accurately flip milling parts on multiple faces
*Learn how to register material, working with fixture offsets
*Discussion of spoil-board layout, clamping and vertical milling
*Experience manually controlling, homing, zeroing and running various CNC Machines

Sold Out. Please Call Paula at 317-535-4013 to be added to the waiting list.


In traditional joinery, LAYOUT IS EVERYTHING, and digital joinery is no different. In this class students will gain hands on experience producing an array of woodworking joints using Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) routers. Instead of relying on a marking gauge for layout, each student will utilize Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to accurately draw the elements of each joint. And in lieu of placing the material in a bench vise, students will orient these components to the school’s CNC machines and fixtures. Students will then determine the proper Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) operations to produce G-Code. Each operation, such as pocketing a mortise, will have its own setting such as feed rate, depth of cut, and step-over distance. At the CNC machine, students will home the machine, determine machine/project zero and load the G-Code files. Utilizing fixture offsets, pin registration, and vertical milling jigs, students will be able to repeatedly place materials and accurately cut to the control geometry. Without picking up a chisel, students will learn how to manipulate their CAM settings and change their G-code manually in order to dial-in the perfect fitting tolerance.