Well, the face of woodworking is changing. Technology has officially invaded the workshop. It started in the 80’s with the Sears Craftsman digital radial arm saw. Then it was lasers on the tools. Next came CNC (computerized numerical control) machines like the ShopBot. But it’s pricing is out of league with most home woodworkers.
Now, Sears is making available the Craftsman CompuCarve Compact Woodworking Machine. It’s a computer-controlled machine that’ll carve in 3-D on workpieces up to 14-1/2″ wide by 5″ high and almost unlimited length. And it’s priced at around $1,900. It requires a PC hookup. Think of it as sort of like a 3-D printer for your computer. Except you’re carving wood.
I can already think of uses for it like sign-making and carving panels for cabinet doors.
The Sears product page says it’s temporarily out of stock. But there’s a link where you can have them email you when the product is available.