Former ShopBot COO Takes CNC to the Woodworking World

Interview from 2014 IWF in Atlanta, GA

ShopBot’s former operations manager, ‘head camp counselor,’ and the penultimate editor of American Woodworker, Randy Johnson, is out championing CNC to woodworkers across the country. As an enthusiast of traditional woodworking, Johnson caught the CNC bug and has become an inspiring proponent of digital fabrication, CNC, and …

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Woodworker Nick Buchholz’s ShopBot helps him explore new areas of design

This Art Nouveau building in Belgium is an inspiration for Nick Buchhholz

Nick Buchholz has been an amateur woodworker for many years, maintaining a shop in his garage while working as a computer programmer for the National Observatory in Tucson, Arizona. He retired from his programming career in 2012 after 25 years with the …

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Calling for: CNC’d Seasonal Décor

Winter’s coming and the holiday season is almost upon us. We’re calling all “Handibotters” and “ShopBotters” to participate in our first annual:

How does this season inspire your creativity? We invite you to CNC it and share it! Whatever holiday you may celebrate, share your CNC project with ShopBotters and Handibotters everywhere …

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Indexer Spinning for Autodesk University

I’m getting back into reporting here after too long a time spent deep in software. I thought I’d start with a report on an Indexer project. Reporting on this project lets me describe some things that have been going on at ShopBot as well as highlight a feature of the (new) ShopBot 3.8.x Version software.

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Fabricating and installing the MakerBot furniture

The MakerBot furniture has been in place for about a month, so it’s time to talk about the nuts and bolts of getting the parts cut, the furniture assembled, and delivered to the 21st floor of an office building in Brooklyn.


Since we had pockets of varying depths to cut we couldn’t use …

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Collaborating with Designers

You may know how to cut things on your ShopBot ( or print them on your 3d printer) and feel like you just need a designer to email you drawings of the parts and pieces to be able to successfully fabricate their design. And that may be true, but communicating throughout the process will almost …

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Machining Solid Wood – Mortises

I’ve been working on another dining table, this one a “Prairie Style” table for a client out of quartersawn white oak. The design includes a bunch of mortise and tenon joints, which of course I decided to cut on the ShopBot (is there another way?). A dilemma stemmed from my lack of either a tool …

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My Magnum Opus


Occasionally I get to enjoy the satisfaction of seeing a long-term project come to fruition. I recently completed an odyssey that began over 5 years ago when a large black oak tree fell over across the street from my house, and ended recently with the completion of a twelve-sided dining table.

I had only …

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Something Simple

There are lots of times when you want to be just as clever and creative as you can be when you’re designing a project, and others when you just want something that solves the problem…something simple. Just recently I was asked to come up with some outdoor seating for the Maker Faire in Austin, so …

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A ShopBotting Dinosaur Evolves

I’ve probably been making things with a ShopBot as long as anyone, except of course for Ted. I got one of the first tools…so early in ShopBot’s history that Ted came to my shop to help put my ShopBot together!… but by the end of the first week had already cut the parts for …

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