Cutting Out The Wall The Easy Way

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Cutting Out The Wall The Easy Way

Postby James & Avisia Flohr » Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:40 am

Not being the best carpenter in the area, I found a simple, accurate, not too expensive method of geting the walls cut out perfectly. It's called the MULTICAM 3000. It is a computer controlled router table which can utilize multiple sizes of router bits in any design you can get programmed. I took the information from the Widget to a local wood shop and he programmed the radius measurements and curves into the computer, made some of the changes I wanted which can include window cutouts, doors, setbacks for the hatch, ect. He then placed a sheet of 3/4" plywood on the cutting table which is covered with OSB which holds the plywood in position by suction. He then fed the info into the machine and like magic, it cut out all the pieces perfectly and accurately (as accurate as he had input the data). Cost me less than $150.00. Same kind of machinge as they use to make signs and pictures in wood. Check with some of the local wood shops in your area if you're not as confident in your cutting abilities. I figured I'd have spend that much in replacement plywood. :lol: Jim[/b]
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Postby Miriam C. » Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:46 am

Thanks James. That might come in handy next time. I am really bad with a jig saw so it might be worth it. :thumbsup:
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Postby asianflava » Thu Apr 05, 2007 5:20 am

Jim had his water jet cut.
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Postby toypusher » Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:55 am

Great idea. Now, where's the pictures??? :)
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Postby halfdome, Danny » Thu Apr 05, 2007 9:16 am

CNC Routers are wonderful machines :thumbsup: . I've built many projects from parts cut on CNC's. Lately my customer has been supplying me parts machined on one for the more complex shapes. For the most part everything fits like a glove but there is always the case of garbage in garbage out. Your $150 sounds very reasonable, I'll have to see how much they would want to route out the profile for my next build. :) Danny
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Postby Jiminsav » Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:35 pm

yep..it's the best 200 bucks i ever spent.
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Postby mikeschn » Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:42 pm

Here's the place I'll be using for my next teardrop...

the pic on the right is the 5' x 10' cnc machine...

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Postby benzu » Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:03 pm

Not to sound like I have it all, but... I have it all. :) I work at a Sign Shop that has two of them and I'm the one that creates the computer files for them to make signs. That's how my whole future TT is being built. Starting sometime in the next month. Also building my trailer here, I get all the steel at cost. There's 8 or more people to choose from to help weld it together. If I need anything painted, I have that too. It's definitely the way to go, in my opinion.

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Postby cuyeda » Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:11 pm

Is there a similar process to cut out the both the wood sides with the aluminum skins to match? Including the door and window openings. :twisted:
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Postby Jiminsav » Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:20 pm

cuyeda wrote:Is there a similar process to cut out the both the wood sides with the aluminum skins to match? Including the door and window openings. :twisted:


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Postby benzu » Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:21 pm

The company that I work for doesn't have a water jet, the router that we have has a carbide bit that can rout through wood,aluminum,pvc,foam and plastics. You use the same layout file that you cut the wood sides with to cut the aluminum. It all matches. It's a great tool.

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Postby angib » Sat Apr 07, 2007 6:31 am

If anyone wants to get sides cut by router or water jet and is using one of my designs, let me know and I can supply you with a profile in DXF format which most cutting shops will be able to use - it's how Jim did his.

cuyeda wrote:Is there a similar process to cut out the both the wood sides with the aluminum skins to match?

Either water jet or router will do it separately, though it's often hard to convince woodworkers that cutting aluminium doesn't need special tools.

I was discussing with someone just yesterday whether a water jet could cut them both if they had been stuck together in advance (the build process would have to be altered so that there were no screws or nails to go through from the outside): I reckon it could be done if cutting first through the aluminium and then the wood.

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Postby benzu » Sat Apr 07, 2007 8:02 am

What I've seen from water jets is that they are water and produce large amounts of standing water, I'd hate to have my wood exposed to that much water.


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Postby Arne » Sat Apr 07, 2007 8:11 am

Mike, I was thinking the same thing.. When I've seen water jets, water was flying everywhere and they had plastic pieces up to contain the splash.
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Postby angib » Sat Apr 07, 2007 3:08 pm

I've used MDF cut by water jet, and you know how susceptible that stuff is to water. The cut edges show no sign of having been wet and certainly no bulging. Definitely no problem.

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