Solid Timber Joinery
Unlock the potential of your CNC machinery and deliver solid timber joinery with greater efficiency and finishes.
CNC Woodworking Tools
Introducing CNC machines into the woodworking industry has propelled timber manufacturing into the future.
Paired with the right tooling, CNC machines are capable of producing decorative and bespoke solid timber products for a broad range of applications. Computer control and modelling means that CNC machines can create precise, intricate designs that would be impossible to carve any other way. Panel Tools’ CNC tooling solutions are available for all solid timber joinery work, where they can be used to produce everything from decorative pieces furniture through to larger items such as cabinetry and staircases.
Solid Timber Joinery
Using CNC machines for solid timber joinery makes it far simpler to produce high quality components that exceed customer expectations. Panel Tools is focused on the industry’s future. We strive to help joineries unlock the true potential of their CNC equipment.
Joiners working with solid timber often focus on delivering higher quality products with improved finishes and custom designs. By investing in custom CNC tooling, joiners can deliver bespoke and intricate designs that can only be achieved through computer machining. With the help of our trusted manufacturing partners, Panel Tools can design, develop and supply custom CNC tooling for all woodworking and solid timber joinery applications.
The Benefits of CNC Woodworking
Complex woodworking and joinery processes are much simpler with the help of automation and CNC machining. The technology allows for complex profiling, mortise and tenoning, jointing, sawing and general shaping with a much smaller investment of labour.
CNC woodworking offers several major benefits to solid timber joiners and manufacturers:
Precision. Controlled by computers, CNC equipment is capable of unrivalled levels of precision and accuracy. CNC machines can create highly intricate designs in all types of soft and hardwood with tolerances measured in thousandths of a millimetre.
Repeatability. Working from computer designs, CNC machines can perform the same processes over and over with minimal variation.
Efficiency. Work completed by a CNC machine could take hundreds or thousands of hours to replicate by hand, making CNC woodworking highly efficient and a lower investment of labour.
Ease of training. Becoming an effective CNC operator requires significantly lower investments in training compared to traditional woodworking. Employees can be rapidly trained or upskilled to operate a CNC and produce components of the highest quality.
Panel Tools partners with world-class suppliers to offer a comprehensive range of furniture making tools and manufactured boards, with a variety of custom CNC router bits, chucks, collets and other tooling. Our custom CNC tooling includes solid carbide tools with diamond-like coatings that improve surface finishes and production efficiency. Our tooling is compatible with all solid timber joinery work using both 3 axis and 5 axis CNC machines, giving you the highest quality cabinet making tools. Whatever equipment your workshop uses, Panel Tools can design the custom tools you need to deliver new processes, quality products and exacting results.
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When producing profiles on the CNC there are three main objectives: consistency, efficiency, and a high-quality end-product. Depending on the profile and the capabilities of the machine, Panel Tools can offer tailored solutions in solid carbide, braised tip, replaceable tip and diamond to work towards each of these objectives. A focus for improving the efficiency of profiling operations is to combine and eliminate processes, this can be achieved by doing multiple elements of the profile with a single pass or a single tool. Stacked tooling systems are one example of this.
Morticing and Tenoning
Producing mortices and tenons is a common process across all types of joinery. Whether it be in cabinetry, door locks or furniture, mortice and tenons come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some mortices can be narrow and deep requiring specialty pocketing tools. Tenons may require steps and chamfers, these details can be factored into the design of the tool to be produced in a single pass.
When jointing, we are trying to achieve a perfectly flat and square cut along the full side of the component. Usually a large surface area of material needs to be planed, and a moderate to high level finish is required. If there is enough clearance, this is generally where we will recommend a spiral or helical cutter.
Rebating is a common process on the CNC where the top face of the part is critical. When working on the outside of the part, we can use larger diameter tools to increase speed and cut quality.
Rebating is a common process on the CNC where only the top face of the part is critical. Depending on the application, grooving can be done with spiral cutters, saw blades or cutterheads.
Panel Tools has a wide range of saw blades to suit beam saws, panel saws, edge-banders, CNC’s and more, this includes small trimming saws right up to large diameter ripping blades for CLT and GLT processing CNC’s. Provided we have all the relevant information about the application, machine and mounting requirements (pinholes etc.), we can make a recommendation for a suitable blade. For use on the CNC, we can also specify arbours or aggregates to support the blades.
For bulk material removal we are generally looking for a tool which is strong, aggressive and resistant to wear. This tool is generally placed under extremely high loads, so it is important to tailor the tool specifically to the application. Replaceable tip solutions are often recommended because they are cost effective to maintain. For example, in the case of hardwoods spiral cutterheads are very effective.
Frequently Asked Questions
CNC machines are ideal for both rapid manufacturing and low volume woodworking, with the technology often being used to manufacture complex furniture pieces and components.
Both 3 axis and 5 axis CNC machines can be used to manufacture components from solid wood, given they are being used with the correct tools and attachments for the material.
CNC routers are capable of cutting hardwood. To reduce burning and improve the usable life of tooling, hardwood should always be machined with tools featuring compatible materials and coatings.
For furniture makers, CNC machines can be used to cut, carve and shape a variety of materials to high tolerances. CNC machines can be used to create furniture that would otherwise be difficult, impossible or uneconomical for a craftsman to make by hand.
Solid timber carving has been revolutionised by CNC machines. Detailed carving can tie up machines for long stretches of time, with components often requiring additional finishing afterwards. The complexity of a carving will dictate the tooling needed, often requiring specialist tools with long reach. Operators must also consider the most appropriate types of roughing and ball-nose cutters when carving.
Find the Tools You Need
Panel Tools supplies a range of CNC tooling and custom solutions designed to push the limits of your equipment and drive the industry forward with innovative processes.
A common sight in the woodworking industry, 3 axis and 5 axis CNC machines have revolutionised timber manufacturing, and our CNC tooling delivers more processing versatility than ever before.
Unlocking the potential of your CNC processes means exploring new and varied materials. Our range of CNC tooling can be designed to work with everything from chipboard to composites and more.