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Furniture Makers are Thinking and Working Green

The Journal of Green Building (Summer 2015)- Furniture maker and Furniture Society Board of Trustees President Steffi Dotson has written an article, "Green Furniture: An Assessment of Furniture Society Member Work” that has been published in the Journal of Green Building, and was recently posted on the Furniture Society's website. Ms. Dotson reports on how members of the Society ply their trade in ways that are conscious of Earth's limited natural resources. The article gives a fascinating look at how makers, educators, and businesses are thinking about materials sourcing, use and waste, energy used in manufacturing, recyclability of their products, and fair labor practices.

The article highlights ShopBot and CNC technology, which enables designers and makers to reduce waste, as well as the 100kGarages community, which enables designers, jabbers and customers to collaborate — “shipping digital files, not stuff” — to reduce the carbon footprint created by shipping furniture long distances.

[Read the full post here]

Fab Lab: Where students get hands on with science (August 2015)- Carnegie Science Center has officially unveiled its latest edition, and it is something you won’t want to miss out on if you love science.

On Tuesday the center announced the opening of its brand new Fab Lab. The lab is a digital fabrication lab and a space that focuses around students being able to engage with science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM) by means of hands-on activities.

[Read the full post here]

Fab Academy teaches hands-on making skills with today’s and tomorrow’s fabrication tools (April 2015) - The Fab Academy program is a recent development of Fab Labs, which began as an outreach program from MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. The Fab Academy program is a distributed educational model providing advanced digital fabrication instruction for students through a unique, hands-on curriculum and access to technological tools and resources.

In her new Makezine series, Erin aka RobotGrrl is sharing her experiences with the Fab Academy program as she progresses through the courses

The assignment this week at Fab Academy was to make something BIG! The assignment took everyone on the adventure of learning about materials for milling, the various machines that can be used, tooling, speeds and feeds, and of course joining the pieces together to make FABulous projects!

Read the full Makezine post here

Mini Maker Faire to put the spotlight on creators' handiwork

SYN Shop founder Jeff "Krux" Rosowski levels
a ShopBot, a computer-guided cutting machine,
inside the shop's new maker space, 117 N.
Fourth St.

Las Vegas Review-Journal (January 2013) - If you ask the organizers of Las Vegas' Mini Maker Faire, " Why?," they will simply tell you, " Because it's cool."

The event is part of a larger, nationwide maker movement. Makers are anyone who believes the do-it-yourself route is the way to go -- homemade shoes that light up while dancing, a machine that makes piñatas, anything they can imagine.

The people at the SYN Shop, a downtown maker hive at 117 N. Fourth St., slated to open next month, are attempting to unite their laser cutter- wielding community Feb. 2 at the Historic Fifth Street School for the Mini Maker Faire.

"It's really one large show and tell," said Pawel Szymczykowski, an organizer of the event. "People bring their projects and share how it's made."

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President Obama Checks Out ShopBot CNC Tools

Cleveland Plain Dealer (January 2010)
President Obama visited a Fab Lab in the Technology Department at Lorain County (Ohio) Community College where he got a quick demonstration of a ShopBot in action. Fab Labs are MIT-organizied technology facilities with digital fabrication equipment intended to educate communities in how new digital tools can be used to design and make almost anything. They are used for local training at all levels and for helping small business start-ups fabricate prototypes. ShopBots are a standard fixture in most Fab Labs and we are glad the President got a look at how digital fabrication works and how it can empower the productivity of communities and small shops across the country. We hope he will get a chance to visit one of the workshops before long to see how digital fabrication works for distributed production.

[See full article from Cleveland Plain Dealer]

Certified Woodworking Relies on CNC for New Furniture Design

CabinetMaker + FDM (July 2010)
Problem: Cabinet shop faces slowing demand and increasing price competition.
Solution: Capitalize on CNC to develop unique new product lines.

Like many cabinet shops across the country, Certified Woodworking in Raleigh, N.C., faced a daunting challenge in the tough current economy: How to stay profitable amid a slowing demand for its primary residential cabinetry products? Owner Doug Smith decided to capitalize on his CNC capabilities to develop a new furniture line.

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Maker of iPad Cases Wins Shopify Competition (and $100,000)

New York Times (July 19, 2010)
The Shopify Build-A-Business competition for new Web stores today announced the winner of its $100,000 grand prize.
The store that achieved the highest revenue total during any two consecutive months from January to June — using Shopify’s e-commerce platform to sell its wares — was San Francisco-based DODOcase, makers of protective cases for the Apple iPad that have the look and feel of a luxury, hardcover notebook.

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Show Us Your Shop - Columbus Idea Foundry

The Columbus Idea Foundry is a
community workshop where you can
learn to use a ShopBot and many other
fabrication tools. (April 16, 2010)
The Idea Foundry was the Brain Child of Alex, Mandy & Nikki with the cooperation of a dozen others who helped build the place a little over a year ago. Since then the space has morphed and transformed itself almost weekly to accommodate new equipment and ideas to the point some of the more exotic non-working equipment had to be edited out. As it stands today the shop is a very functional space for many different avenues of creativity including: woodworking, welding (mig, tig, stick), plasma cutting, blacksmithing, sand casting, CNC/CAD (Shopbot, Bridgeport, Makerbot), screen printing, electronics, jewelry making and much much more.

[View Blog Post Online]




In the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, NV, ShopBot CNCs help teachers link woodworking to computer technologies and design, and provide a new (digital) way of producing project parts.

ShopBots - old and new - allow Clark
County students to apply  knowledge
from other subjects to their
woodworking projects

American Woodworker (April/May 2010)
A visit with Las Vegas area high school woodworking teachers.
I recently had the opportunity to tour a few Las Vegas, Nevada area high school woodshops to talked shop with the teachers and some of the students.

Having taught wood shop myself in the past, it was obvious that some good things have not changed. The teachers are still committed to their students and programs. Their ability to keep 20-30 students safely working in a room full of woodworking machines is nothing short of amazing. It comes from their ability to know what’s happening across shop simply by listening to the machines; confirming with a quick glance whether the student needs immediate assistance or is simply having a learning experience.

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Maker Business: Crestview Doors

David and Christiane Erwin of
Crestview Doors

Make: Blog - Maker Business(March 2010) ShopBotters David and Christiane Erwin, of Austin, TX, founded mid-century modern door company Crestview Doors to provide other design-conscious homeowners with an alternative to the colonial-style front doors you can get at a big box store. They now sell DIY Doorlite Kits, so you too can build the door of your dreams. Read more to find out how this maker couple does it.

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Absolutely Fabricated: 100k Garages in Dwell Magazine

Dwell (April 2010) We talked to a handful of movers and makers to see what's in store for the wider manufacturing world.

Bill Young is a boatmaker and founder of 100k Garages, a web service that links designers to fabricators.

"For some things, a desktop 3-D printer isn't going to cut it.  For bookshelves and other large objects, you're going to need access to larger tools..."

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Because We Can Creates a Dream Wedding

Jillian Northrup (far left) and Jeffrey
McGrew (far right) of Because We Can

Martha Stewart Weddings (Spring 2010) It seems like every time we turn around, Jeffrey McGrew and Jillian Northrup, the creative ShopBotters at Because We Can, have their hands - and their minds - in another great project. Recently, they were asked to help out with the wedding of their good friends, Eunice and Daniel, and - as usual - Jeffrey, Jillian and their ShopBot, Frank, went above and beyond. Their stage, signs and props helped make the wedding a smashing success, and the beauty and uniqueness of the ceremony landed it on the cover of the spring issue of Martha Stewart Weddings.

[Read More in the Because We Can Blog
[View the Full Wedding Slideshow Online]




 Mike Lyon: Print Quarterly Review, December 2009

Print Quarterly (XXVI, December 2009) MIKE LYON. For various reasons, very modest exhibition catalogues are sometimes worth noting in Print Quarterly. This is the case with Figuring it Out: Prints and Drawings by Mike Lyon (Manhattan, KS, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, 2009, 8 pp., 10 col. ills., free), which includes an essay by Bill North. For this photorealist printmaker has made use of his knowledge of computerized technology to create a series of digitally based colour woodcuts. Mike Lyon studied at the University of Pennsylvania and the Kansas City Art Institute before going to work in [976 in his family’s cattle-hide processing business. There he invented a computerized system to automate the process of grading cattle hides. This led him to set up a successful computer hardware and software design business, which specialized in providing warehouses with a computerized system for automating orders. In 1991 Lyon sold the company and became a full-time artist.

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 Maker Business: Venturing out...

Jeffrey & Jillian and their ShopBot, Frank.

Make Blog (February 9, 2010) Kicking off our Maker Business series is this piece by Jeffrey McGrew, who along with his wife Jillian Northrup, and their trusty CNC machine named Frank, are a two-person (and a bot) design and fabrication juggernaut. From their design-build studio in Oakland, CA, they do custom interior design, furniture, and such artist wonders as the "Art Golf" course they've set up at Maker Faire. Here, Jeffrey shares some words of advice to those who may be thinking of going "Maker Pro."

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 Local group building unique houses to ship to Haiti

S.H.O.R.E. Tech hopes to deliver
shelters to Haiti.

The Delmarva Daily Times (February 1, 2010) EXMORE — Robert Bridges, of Robert Bridges Woodright Inc. and Bill Young of ShopBot Tools are working together to send emergency shelters to Haiti in the aftermath of the recent earthquake there.

Through their partnership, Young and Bridges have developed Shelter 2.0 (, where they are designing and manufacturing digitally fabricated shelters.




What's Driving 'Green' Cars Now?

Constructed of ShopBot-cut components,
Boulder Electric Vehicle's delivery truck
weighs half as much as a normal van of
comparable size, and runs on electric
power alone.

The Wall Street Journal (January 27, 2010) – When $4 a gallon gasoline spooked American consumers out of their big SUVs in the summer of 2008, car makers realized they had to start getting serious about "green" cars.

Manufacturers are still serious about green cars, even though average gas prices are below $3 a gallon in most of the country. Now what's driving the U.S. market toward new technology are government regulators—which is evident at this week's auto show in Washington, D.C.

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President Barack Obama Visits Lorain County Community College Fab Lab and its ShopBot

President Barack Obama watches the
ShopBot at work at Lorain County
Community College's Fab Lab

Morning Journal (January 22, 2010) – President Obama, while at Lorain County Community College, visited the Fab Lab in the technology department of the college. Noah Rasor, Grafton, a Fab Lab aid, said Obama spent less than 10 minutes at the lab. Rasor got a chance to shake the president’s hand. “He had a firm handshake,” said Rasor.

Obama watched Rasor work on the ShopBot machine with two students.

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Shelter 2.0: Distributed manufacturing for emergencies

Make: Blog (January 18, 2010) -- The Shelter 2.0 was designed by Robert Bridges as a CNC-cut emergency shelter in the Guggenheim/Sketchup contest in 2009. The idea was that it would be partway between a tent and a real house and could be dis-assembled and re-assembled using some interesting CNC-cut joinery to make it easy.

Since all the digital files needed to cut the Shelters are available for download under a Creative Commons, share alike, no commercial license, anyone in the world with a ShopBot CNC tool can cut one...that's 6000+ possible fabricators.

[View Full Blog Post Online]



Are CNC machines ready for Fine Woodworking?

Fine Woodworking (December 28, 2009) -- Many folks equate CNC machines with mass produced cabinets and knock-down furniture, but professional furniture maker, Stephen Mosher of Hampton, Nova Scotia, Canada aims to change that. He told me that he turned to CNC machines 8 years ago when he got bored with conventional hand and power tools after working wood for more than 30 years.

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Can-Do Couple

Oakland Magazine (November 2009) The principals of Because We Can, a sustainable interior design and custom furniture studio, don’t leave their green esthetic at the office. The husband-and-wife team of Jeffrey McGrew and Jillian Northrup has a design for living, too.

The company, based in Oakland, was sparked a few years ago by the acquisition of a new toy, the computer-controlled router that lets them translate computerized designs into the fanciful, lacy wooden cutouts that characterize much of their work.

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 An apostle of speed

Woodenboat (September/October 2009) As the 300-nautical-mile Everglades Challenge got underway in Florida in March 2009, veterans of the small-craft race almost expected that a boat designed by Graham Byrnes would win once again in the monohull sailboats class. One did: the Everglades Challenge 22 placed first among six competitors. The finish reprised her 2008 victory against 14 other boats, and for the fourth straight year wooden-hulled boats designed by Byrnes had beaten other monohulls in the demanding two- to four-day adventure race sponsored by Florida-based WaterTribe.

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Students make money making cabinets

Valley Courier (May 22, 2009) "I just love what these vocational programs can do for kids," said Sierra Grande High School woodshop teacher max Rivera, while talking about the latest development for his school's woodshop class.  Sierra Grande serves Blanca, Fort Garland, and northern Costilla County.

The Sierra Grande first year woodshop students designed, built, finished and marketed 40 bookcase cabinets, with proceeds going toward more equipment for their school and a supply of stock wood "to keep these kids busy" next year...

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Stuarts Draft’s Sweet Dreams festival bolstered by artists’ custom designs

Waynesboro News Virginian (July 10, 2009) Last fall, Glenn Crider had no idea he’d be in Stuarts Draft on Thursday promoting the upcoming Sweet Dreams festival.

Born and raised in Richmond, Crider had merely performed his craft: making wood nutcrackers. But because of the U.S. Postal Service’s selection of his designs for the 2008 nutcracker stamp series, his life changed.

“I was a podunk artist from Virginia who got invited to Madison Square Garden to sign autographs,” Crider said...

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Building a better bait cooler
Durham vendor's idea preserves boat space and ballyhoo

Raleigh News and Observer (May 28, 2009) DURHAM -- If necessity is the mother of invention, then bait-slimed beverage cans and stubbed toes are profound motivators.

They also are what inspired Raleigh resident Danny Sykes' beer- and bait-cooling creation.

A sign maker by trade and an avid offshore angler, Sykes invented the Max Bait Tray System, aluminum trays that stack vertically in a cooler. The trays hold bait, and cold is conducted from tray to tray through the metal, a money-saving set-up that requires ice be used only on the bottom of a cooler...


Fabrication labs let student and adult inventors create products, solve problems

Cleveland Plain Dealer (June 18, 2009) Michael Substelny is crafting a console that will hold his GPS unit on his bike's handlebars.

Andrea Lane is fashioning a solar-powered recharger to keep her cell phone and iPod juiced.

Lynne Morgan is cranking out plastic sock-blockers and other knitting supplies that are so popular her online business can barely keep them in stock.

And Noah Rasor plans to help power his pickup truck with a hydrogen generator he's assembling from dollar-store parts, including a salad bowl.

You won't find these Northeast Ohio inventors toiling in their basements with secondhand tools. They're all at work in a personal fabrication laboratory, or fab lab, the greatest boost to individual ingenuity since the neighborhood hardware store.

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Cabinet shop experiments with new technology

From (Cabinetmaker & FDM) - For the past 12 years, Naples Custom Cabinets & Millwork, Inc. in Naples, Florida has garnered praise and recognition from designers, builders and customers throughout the southeast U.S.  Take a video tour of their shop courtesy of Sawdust Soup.

[Visit Naples Custom Cabinets & Millwork's Website]




In-Depth with CNC Routers

Sign Builder Illustrated (April 2009) These days, a CNC router can make all the difference between a busy shop and one that struggles to find customers.  "We've owned a ShopBot CNC router since 2007, and with the economy the way it is right now, I still believe it was the best investment we've ever made," remarks Glen Kadelbach, owner of G.R. Kreations ( in Hutchinson, Minnesota...

[Visit G.R.Kreations' Website]


Design Firm Combines Human Factors, Research, and Design to Emphasize the Human Element

Not only demographics, but the end-users' habits and patterns, are analyzed by the company's multidisciplinary design team.

Design2Part (February 2009) More and more these days, the designing of products--whether for consumers or the commercial marketplace--is handled by design firms outside the high-rise halls of the large OEMs. One design firm that performs this initial task in the production chain, HumanCentric, located in Cary, North Carolina, is the quintessence of the modern design company, one that offers human factors, research, and design under one roof.

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[Visit HumanCentric's Website]

Abbey Rout

Lincoln Sign Co. adapts a painting into creative signage.

JD Iles

SignWeb Signs of the Times (February/March 2009) ShopBotter J.D. Iles, president of Lincoln Sign Company in Lincoln, NH, writes for the Strictly Commercial column in Signs of the Times magazine and its online counterpart, SignWeb.  J.D. called on Vector Art 3D’s James Booth to help him create a dazzling dimensional sign from a German painting for a wine and specialty-food store.  J.D.’s ShopBot, Gerber’s Omega software and Delcam’s ArtCAM Pro helped him complete this project.

[View Full Article Online]
[Visit J.D.'s regular ShopBot column, Lincoln Logs]
[Visit Lincoln Sign Company's Website]

Keeping ahead demands change

Diversification, new products and full service for high-end clients all help Naples Custom Cabinets & Millwork fuel growth and compete in increasingly tight market

Cabinetmaker (February 2009) Naples Custom Cabinets & Millwork grew more than 185 percent from 2004 to 2007, increasing sales from $725,000 to $2.1 million. That was a performance that landed the Naples, Fla., company a rank of 2,001 on Inc. magazine's 2008 list of 5,000 fastest growing small businesses in America.

[View Full Article Online]
[Visit the Naples Custom Cabinets & Millwork Website]


Machining tip: How to choose the right CNC router

An article by ShopBotter and iBild president Brady Watson is featured in this month's issue of Moldmaking Technology.

Moldmaking Technology (February, 2009)  With moldmaking the focus is on injection molding or other mold types that use wire EDM or CNC machining centers to create the mold components. Your typical machining center weighs several tons and has a relatively small working envelope compared to a CNC router. The mill’s massive construction lends itself to machining rigid materials with very tight tolerances. While this type of CNC is suited for injection molding components, it isn’t always the ideal tool for the job when we broaden our scope of moldmaking and the current opportunities in the marketplace.

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[Visit the iBild Website]

Surge of Nerds Rebuilds Afghanistan

Wired Blog (January 30, 2009) Over this past month, a group of motivated geeks traveled to Osama bin Laden's old stomping grounds in Afghanistan to help oversee a novel project: the Jalalabad Fab Lab.  It's an interesting experiment. A Fab Lab is essentially a small-scale workshop and rapid prototyping facility where local participants can learn new technology skills that can be applied to small business. Much of the work of the Jalalabad Fab Lab has thus far involved basic projects: printed t-shirts, small art projects, wireless antennas. Over time, lab participants are supposed to build tools to tackle more complex problems.

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[Visit the Fab Lab Website]
[Visit the Fab Lab Afghanistan Website]

Woodwork meets technology: Military travel interrupts, inspires Remsen man's career

Sentinel photo by Angel Anderson

Le Mars Sentinel (January 29,2009) Woodworking is a natural art for retired Army soldier John Adair. In his woodshop just outside of Remsen, he designs and creates a large variety of products, ranging from furniture and custom cabinetry to laser engraved plaques and gifts.
One particular piece of furniture that he has built is a tiger maple hi-boy dresser with carved legs, all sanded out as soft as satin, and finished with a seal to preserve the wood and bring out it's natural beauty. Adair started out small...

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[Visit John's Website]

Next: A Snap-On Addition?

Journal of Light Construction Online (January 2009) What do you get when you cross a jigsaw puzzle with a Lego set? Maybe the digitally designed and fabricated concept house conceived by MIT assistant professor Lawrence Sass and his students for a recent show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Made of 5,200 interlocking, friction-fitting plywood components, the 400-square-foot house was assembled mainly with clamps and rubber mallets (1). The result is an amazingly detailed and impressively rugged structure, calculated to withstand 140-mph winds.

[View Full Article Online]
[Visit the MoMA Home Delivery Website]

Gabe McKeagney named Design Portfolio Award winner

CWB (January 2009) Gabe McKeagney’s Moroccan-inspired home bar is an Honorable Mention Award winner in the Residential Furniture category of the 2009 Design Portfolio Awards presented by CWB magazine.  The Moroccan-style home bar was fabricated in solid walnut with a mapa burl inlay.  Pillowed solid walnut panels float on backlit onyx panels.  The project required heavy reliance on CNC capabilities.  The large pillowed stars on the base and the center display niche and the Tangier cabinet doors were all designed on AutoCAD and toolpathed into ArtCAM.  From there, the pieces were fabricated on a ShopBot.  Touchup on each piece was done by the in-house woodcarver.  Gabe is a five-time Design Portfolio Award winner, taking the overall title in 2005 and 2007.

For more about Gabe and his work, please visit
For more information about the Design Portfolio Awards, visit ISW Online.

ShopBotter's nutcrackers featured on US postage stamps, in the Smithsonian

Washington, DC (December 24, 2008) Meet the real-life Herr Drosselmeyer. Glenn Crider of Mechanicsville, Virginia, like the famed godfather in The Nutcracker story, is a clockmaker turned toymaker, known especially for his custom-made nutcrackers (and, on special occasions, to rock festive suspenders from his lederhosen).

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[Visit the Nutcracker USA Website]





LHS students carve out their own niche

Columbus Messenger (November 22, 2008) London High School’s video production classes are popular and well known. Ben McCoy wants the same for another facet of the industrial arts technology program—the woods department.

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

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From Idea to Invention

San Diego City Beat (November 19, 2008) From idea to invention
City Heights’ Fab Lab is a place where anybody can make damn-near anything.

By Kinsee Morlan

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City Hall can be your Friend

Sign Business (February 2008) -  Raymond Chapman of Chapman Design Studio in Temple, Texas is producing dimensional signs for local neighborhood parks ...

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[See article below on Ray's recent Award Winning sign.]


Mount Airy High School Students Take Classes Head (and Hands) On

Mount Airy News (December 17, 2007) - "This isn't your daddy's shop class," Greg Taylor said standing in the basement woodworking lab at Mount Airy High School.  The lab is empty. his students have gone to lunch.  But minutes ago power saws and machinery whined over a backdrop of country music as Taylor's Furniture and Cabinetmaking II class worked to finish their projects...

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Ray Chapman Takes First Place in the USSC Sign Contest

Signpower USA (Fall 2007) - Ray Chapman of Chapman Design Studio in Temple, TX took first place in the Dimensional Ground or Building Sign category in the United States Sign Council's 2007 Design Contest.

The "Travis Tea Room" sign is approximately 4' x 4' (Double faced). The background is 15# HDU finished with Porter 100% acrylic paints.

The background of the main panel was sandblasted using a Grain Fraim to produce the woodgrain effect.  The "Tea Room" panel was routed with the ShopBot and then the background was covered with black smalts.

Letters were individually cut (20# HDU) and then covered with a two-part epoxy (PB Resin), painted, and gold leafed (23k).

The star in the middle is cast aluminum and covered with gold leaf.

Two HDU panels are sandwiched over MDO and 1" square tubing extends to attach to a 6" square tube for the post. Post treatments are HDU and duplicate architectural treatments on the house. Scroll work is hand cut iron, done my a friend.

The post is set in concrete about 4' deep.

Ray's sign will be featured in the 2008 USSC Sign Design Calendar and was on display at November's Sign World Show in Atlantic City, NJ.

[Note from ShopBot: Congratulations, Ray!]

Handmade Heritage - Rob Bishline, Bishline Banjos

Tulsa People (November, 2007) - Craftsmanship may be losing out to mass-produced, factory-made products, but several local artisans are keeping our area's creative roots alive.  String Theory: When others his age were perfecting the art of goofing off, Tulsan Rob Bishline was discovering the art of the five-string banjo.

[Visit the Bishline Banjos Website]


Wood-Mode, Inc.

FDM (July, 2007) - Joe May, director of manufacturing and engineering for Wood-Mode, Inc, described how multiple ShopBots can be put to use in manufacturing.

[Visit the Wood-Mode Website]



Purdue University - Guitar-Making Class

Journal & Courier (June 20, 2007) - Mark French, professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University was featured on the front page of the Lafayette, IN Journal & Courier for his week-long guitar-making workshop.




Northside Cabinets on the Cover of CabinetMaker

CabinetMaker (January, 2007) - "COVER STORY: Managing Cost Effectively. Buying a ShopBot CNC router and inexpensive software ads up to saving..."

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Montana Boatbuilders, Wilderness Life on the Yellowstone River

WoodenBoat Magazine (January/February, 2007) - "Owners Jason and Vedra Cajune work hard and their reward is a growing business; in 2006 they expected to build about 20 boats and sell an additional 30 kits.  They employ four people in their small shop complex near the Yellowstone River.  Jason, 35, learned the boatwright’s craft from his family, which maintained a summertime fleet of wooden fishing boats and launches on the lakes of Glacier National Park..."

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Tempo Carpentry and Design, Inc. - Architectural Millwork 2007

CWB Magazine (December, 2006) - "A Sophisticated Palate. This wine cellar is a connoisseur’s dream with sequential numbering under each bottle position, unique curved corner shelving and authentic crating for drawer fronts.  An ordinary wine cellar — au contraire! This year’s Design Portfolio Awards’ overall winner is anything but, with its aesthetically pleasing furniture-quality cabinetry and wine racking systems made from teak veneer and solids. Also the winning entry in the architectural millwork category, this delectable space is perfect for cultivating friendships as guests swirl and admire a crimson Bordeaux or delight in the vanilla sparkle of your best Champagne..."

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Project Lead the Way - Tomorrow's engineers, today.

Kansas City Star (November, 2006) - Eight Kansas City-area school districts assembled to discuss "Project Lead the Way," a four year sequence of courses that, when combined with college preparatory mathematics and science courses in high school, introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering and engineering technology prior to entering college.  At the center of this project are four ShopBot CNC routers...

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How to Be a Winner in the Poker Game...

(September 2006) The sales team at Maxus Poker Tables, in Colonial Heights, VA, is gearing up for a big push of orders after the launch of their new Portable Poker Tables. They are excited that one of their Poker Tables has been featured on the new TV show “Shark”, which aired on CBS the week of on 9-28.

To make precision parts and keep up with the orders, they machine the major components of the tables on their ShopBot PRTalpha CNC. [Maxus update...]

James Woods & Danielle Panabaker in "Shark" along with the Maxus Portable Poker Table.

Mountain View Woodworks

Virginia (September 2006) ShopBotter Ed Lang is featured in an article on CNC for Small Shops in the Sept 2006 issue of Woodshop News magazine. There's a good  picture of  Ed (and his PRTAlpha) on page 43.

You can read about Ed and see how he got started with CNC and ShopBot in his Startup CNC with Ed column. 

Designer Furniture

The New York Times (July 2006)  - Ilan Dei and his 'Aquarium' furniture were featured in the House & Home section of the Times. Ilan is an interior designer who combines light and technology (including ShopBot cutting) to achieve award winning furniture designs.

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Couple Takes ShopBot to MAKER FAIRE

MAKER FAIRE (April 2006)  - ShopBotters Jillian Northrup (a photographer and designer) and Jeffrey McGrew (an architect in training and designer) have taken a ShopBot to the MAKER FAIRE. Jillian and Jeffrey operate a new biz, Because We Can, cutting unique CNC products. The MAKER FAIRE is an event put on by upstart MAKE Magazine with the idea of encouraging more grass roots puttering, tinkering, and making of things.

"We both have full time jobs, but manage to make time designing and creating things with the help from our ShopBot robot." 

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Signmaking in the CNC Groove

Sign Builder Illustrated (April 2006) - "Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) routers are essential for the sign maker specializing in dimensional signage, as evidenced by the work being produced by these four sign fabricators:" ... "[ShopBotter] Bill Palumbo dreamed of building boats and, instead, set seail for new horizons in three-dimensional signage." ... "[ShopBotter] Dale Kerr's self-taught CNC router skills arose from his efforts to design meaningful woodworking for young people with intellectual disabilities."

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Playing Catch: Custom woodworking company's designs advance with consumer electronics

(March 2006) Modern Woodworking - The ever-evolving consumer electronics industry has designers and manufacturers of custom entertainment centers constantly looking over their shoulders. Beacon Custom Woodwork, a cabinet company catering to high-end homeowners in and around the metro Atlanta area, has seen its entertainment center designs change seemingly overnight after 18 years of business."

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Class Sports Boost Woodworker's Business

(December 2005) Lafayette Journal & Courier - "Don't count Skip Sturgeon among the Hoosiers who are critical of the Indiana High School Athletic Association for dividing the state's football and basketball programs into class structures. The large increase in championship winners has meant more sales for one portion of Woodland Woodworking, a business that began as a hobby and part-time enterprise."

Skip writes: "Thought you may be interested in this article our local paper did about the plaques I make on my ShopBot. I did mention that is was a ShopBot CNC Router, but they cut that part out. Sorry ShopBot.." 

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Computerized Efficiency

(July, 2005) Custom Woodworking Business - "The design for Duke Eye Center included two circular, two-story surrounds for freestanding elevator shafts meant to be decorative as well as functional. Hardwood Designs stretched sound-dampening fabric between circular bands of anigre. For one room’s acoustical ceiling, the company used its ShopBot to cut hundreds of slots in anigre panels. Shop employees attached an adhesive-backed fabric to dampen sound, using Kulowitch’s iron from home. “We’re a full-service company,” she jokes, but adds that metal, glass and stone work are contracted out..."

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Durham, NC  February 23, 2005  – Ty Pennington went to the hospital with appendicitis, and it was a ShopBot CNC that helped keep his “secret room” project on “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” on schedule.

A ShopBot CNC router, manufactured by ShopBot Tools Inc. of Durham, N.C., made another television appearance on “Extreme Makeover Home Edition – How’d They Do That?” in February. The episode featured a segment on how CNC routers are used in furniture making. The ShopBot CNC was used to cut key parts of a piece of furniture for Pennington’s “secret room” – a ribbed bench called “the sternum.”

“We are very proud of our product,” said Ted Hall, president and owner of ShopBot Tools Inc. “We believe the high profile attention it receives is a direct result of the performance of our tools and the quality of support we provide.”

The ShopBot woodworking machine is not an official product of the ABC show, but is owned by Pennington who purchased it in the fall of 2003. Rob Williams, Pennington’s shop manager, operated the ShopBot on the episode when the filming took place in his workshop in Atlanta, Ga. earlier in February.

About Ty Pennington: In addition to being a featured “carpenter about town” for “Trading Spaces,” Ty has appeared on “Oprah,” “The Today Show” and “The Sharon Osborne Show.” His new book, “Ty’s Tricks,” will arrive in stores early this fall. Ty owns and operates “Furniture Unlimited,” a new company where he plans to use the ShopBot extensively in the production of his own line of furniture. His designs can be seen on his new websites at and

This is not ShopBot’s first TV appearance. In October 2003, it appeared on the $100,000 edition of “Trading Spaces” on The Learning Channel, and a ShopBot CNC is scheduled to be shown on “The New Yankee Workshop” on PBS in March 2005.

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About ShopBot Tools Inc: ShopBot Tools, based in Durham, N.C., designs and manufactures low-cost, high-value Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) cutting machines. ShopBot was founded by CEO Ted Hall, Ph.D., a Duke University professor of neuroscience, who developed the tool while building plywood boats as a hobby. After several years of development, the company began shipping tools in 1996. With more than 5,000 ShopBots in 54 countries, ShopBot is one of the largest producers of CNC routers for woodworking and plastics in North America. The company employs 25 people in the Durham, N.C. area.

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