About 2 years ago I set out to you to figure out a way to make money using my CNC router. 2 Years later not only have I found my ShopBot CNC a very useful tool for my home-based business, but because of repeat business and good word of mouth growth I am happy to say that I am able to be a little more selective about the jobs I take on. I’ve even expanded my shop to make more space for all of the work I am doing.
During my first year I had taken on any job that came my way, from architectural reproductions for my local millwork shop and three-dimensional sculptures. I have made brass branding irons. I have cut aluminum, acrylic, and all other manner of plastics including HDPE in sintra. I have cut dozens of plywood parts for dozens of different clients. I have made signs, furniture, knife blocks, and I have cut countless circles and picture frames.
I have cultivated some great relationships with other local retailers and builders. There are a lot of shops that understand the benefits of digital fabrication. Consulting and design is half of the work I do.
In the next year I hope to find a few more niches of custom work to specialize in. I also plan on making more of my own furniture to sell. Here’s to a great 2015.