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CNC machining chair bottoms1/17
Just got a commission for a set of dining room chairs out of walnut. The last set I did was many years ago and I scooped out the seat depressions by hand. Now that CNCs are widely available, I'm wondering if there are some existing CNC templates for chair bottoms that I can use, i.e. turn the files over to a large shop that has a CNC and have them mill out the seats.
Use? No. Buy? Maybe. If you need to pay a designer to do the 3d surfacing model for your particular part, I think you'll a little shocked by the cost. 3d modeling is a real skill and is not easy. I don't know of anyone selling just the files.
Been there, done that. I bought a Shopbot CNC router with a 4Hp spindle, and can now carve my own seats in minutes per unit.
As for programming, Ihave also cut seats for other shops and also helped with files. I use Vectric's Aspire. I can model a carved saddle seat contour in about 10 minutes. I usually cut one from poplar, get my customer to sit in it and tweak it before carving the real seats.
I would think if I do this, other custom shops would also offer the same services elsewhere.
I make and ship scooped seats I carve on my CNC. Other than one customer, I've always used the seat design I use for my own business as it is a very nice looking and easy to sit in seat scoop. I can carve them in virtually any species and ship them anywhere. Cost is roughly $50 to $70 depending on the species and how many you're looking for. You can email me at Jason@denaliwoodworks.com with any questions.