CNC Router, What Is It?

What is a CNC Router?

CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control. A CNC Router is a machine that has a bunch of different cutting bits that allow it to shape and cut a wide variety of different materials. All of this is controlled by a computer. It can cut or shape wood, light aluminum, composites, and plastics. The computer tells the machine what tool head to use and what path that tool head is supposed to take.

The coordinates that the tool head is told to follow are sent to it from a separate CAD (computer-aided design) program. This allows the machine to be able to do big sweeping cuts or fine detail routing.  Almost anything that you can draw can be uploaded to the CNC to be routed.

CNC router tables can range in size. They can be small to fit on top of a work bench. These are generally light duty and are geared toward the hobbyist. They also come in industrial size. The one we have at Mill Cabinet Shop is a five foot wide twelve foot long. They do make them bigger, but they are generally for specialty industries.

 We use the CNC router to for interior and exterior decorative trim pieces, repetitive routing projects, furniture, cutting out complex shapes, and big signs.

A CNC router can reduce waste, frequency of errors, and the time the finished product takes for completion. For example, CNC routers can perform the tasks of many carpentry shop machines such as the panel saw, the hand router, and the boring machine. It can also cut mortise and tendons.

We are glad that we can offer CNC routing services to the area. Give us a call or stop by and let us help you on your next routing project. 20130604_13032220130531_0901062011-07-29 14.26.05

Remodeling, Revitalizing, Updating, and New Construction. Custom Kitchens, Bathrooms, and Storage Solutions. These are all things we do a lot of at Mill Cabinet Shop.

We here at Mill Cabinet Shop strive for excellence in all we do. We are a design to finish cabinet maker that does things the old school way. We only uses quality materials. When it comes to hardware or plywood, we seek out the best. We help you fine tune your dream of an updated space. That space could be a kitchen, bath, walk-in closet, office, den, or bar. We do custom high quality cabinets, and millwork.

We have the experience you need when it comes to your cabinet solutions. Mill Cabinet Shop has been here since 1954. That’s a lot of cabinets and a lot of happy customers. We have quite a number of people come to us again and again. They like what we did for them in one house they move or start up a new construction project and they give us a call. They know the quality they are going to get when they deal with Mill Cabinet Shop. Most People that are building a new home will have us do their kitchen, bathrooms, laundry, mudroom, bar, offices, and other built in storage solutions.

If you’re a contractor you are going to love us if you haven’t already found out how nice it is to have Mill Cabinet Shop on your team. We work directly with the client for the contractor to get them what they want. The contractor doesn’t have to keep track of what finish or color hardware the client wanted. We do that for them. This lets the contractor focus on other aspects of the project. We then do work with the contactor to figure out install schedules to make sure that we are not in the way, and that any cabinets are done and installed per the schedule.

There are too many options for me to list. This is because we make custom cabinets. None of our cabinets are in stock. We have only stock of raw materials for us to make what you want us to out of. We do have a showroom that can show some of what we are able to do. If you find a picture of something you like. Bring it to us we can do it. We are here to help you.

Come and contact us today you can email us though this sight. You can call 540-828-6763. Find us on Facebook. Link to us on LinkedIn. Or I guess if you really wanted to you could fax us at.


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Custom Kitchen Remodeling Before & After Shots of White Cabinets in Harrisonburg, Va

Lee Stover walks us through one of Mill Cabinet Shop’s handcrafted kitchens in Harrisonburg Virginia and shows us some before and after shots of the kitchen’s transformation.

The newly remodeled kitchen features white shaker style doors, handcrafted butcher block counters, and an entirely new cabinet design to optimize every inch of space. Mill Cabinet’s custom finishing is on display as well as you’ll notice that the inside of every cabinet is finished with the same care as the outside.

One of the oldest cabinet shops in the Shenandoah Valley!

Mill Cabinet Shop is one of the oldest cabinet makers in the Shenandoah Valley and has had a long, rich history of providing its customers with original and beautiful custom woodwork. Randy Stover elaborates a bit on the beginnings of that history.

“Semi-Custom” or Factory-Made Cabinets vs. Custom-Made Cabinets

Rocky Shull briefly demonstrates just a few of the many differences between truly custom cabinetry and the so called “semi-custom” cabinets that are sold at big box stores.

Rocky explains that while factory cabinets may, at first glance, appear very similar to custom cabinets, it only takes a moment to see that their differences in quality are actually very great.

Stains to Make the Wood Grain “Pop”

Lee Stover of Mill Cabinet Shop in Bridgewater Va, illustrates how stain can make the wood grain “pop”. Lee calls attention to the fact that the assorted woods take in stain differently and explains that this is, in part, due to the method used to sand the wood.

Lee explains that knowledge of sanding is vital in the making of quality cabinetry as the methods used to sand the wood will affect the application of the stain and the consistency, color, and overall look of the final product.

Wood Choices For Your Dream Kitchen Cabinets

Lee Stover of Mill Cabinet Shop highlights a few of the defining characteristics of different types of wood.

He also briefly explains the various reasons you may choose to use one type of wood or another in the building of your very own dream kitchen.

A Truly Custom Finish for Truly Custom Cabinetry

Roger Furr, Mill Cabinet Shop’s expert in custom finishing for over 30 years, shows us just a few of the infinite number of beautiful wood finishes available to you when you choose the truly custom, handcrafted cabinetry of Mill Cabinet Shop in Bridgewater, Va.

One of the many great advantages to having a truly custom finish for your custom cabinets is that your finish is made especially for you. Whether your remodeling or building a whole new kitchen, your personalized finish is expertly made to match and compliment your existing decor, colors, and lighting in order to perfectly capture the unique style and desired ambiance of your custom kitchen and bath, or your living room, office, library….